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Big ahi arrive for Lahaina Harbor Charter Sportfishing boats

By Staff | Jul 24, 2014

Capt. Sal Tarantino (left) and deckman Sean Hudson caught this 197.8-pound ahi on the Reel Hooker. PHOTOS BY DONNELL TATE.

LAHAINA – The anticipated arrival of the 100-plus-pound ahi finally made a showing the middle of June with 16 in just 14 days. This was the best run and monthly catch since 1995 (20 years). The top tuna weighed 197.8, 181.0, 168.1 and 163.0 pounds.

The Reel Hooker boated a “toad”-sized yellowfin “Allison” tuna weighing 197.8 pounds with Capt. Sal Tarantino and deckman Sean Hudson.

They were heading out on a morning charter, before light, on their way toward Lanai. Sal mentioned that they were in 17 fathoms of water, a mile-and-a-half from the harbor entrance L-Buoy, when they got the strike on the short rigger position. They landed their fish in 40 minutes on 100-test line.

This is the largest yellowfin tuna so far this year and the 17th largest ahi by a Lahaina Harbor Charter Sportfishing boat since 1977.

The Die Hard 2 pulled in a 168.1-pound yellowfin “Allison” tuna with Capt. Rich Lynch and deckman Jamie. They were in 1,000 fathoms of water between the MC and NASA buoys off the backside of Lanai. It was a 25-minute fight using 130-test line from the short rigger position.

Deckman Jamie (left) and Capt. Rich Lynch with their 168.1-pound ahi caught on Die Hard.

The Jun Ken Po weighed a nice yellowfin “Allison” tuna at 163.0 pounds with Capt. Patrick Dorn and deckman Dyllon Smith.

They were on an afternoon four-hour trip, fishing for ono in the “Secret Spot” area in 24 fathoms off Launiupoko. It was a short rigger bite on 130-test gear, taking them only 12 minutes to boat the fish.

The Jun Ken Po had a fantastic triple yellowfin “Allison” tuna day, with Captains Gabriel Rogers and Randy Evans weighing 123.6-, 114.0- and 105.2-pound ahi. It was a triple strike in 220 fathoms of water off the “Little Slides” on the backside of Lanai.

The Action had four yellowfin “Allison” tuna during an 11-day period. Capt. Jonny Keiley and deckman Rob Cosgrove picked up 136.4-, 119.2- and 110.0-pounders, with Capt. Juuka Hyytia and Capt. Keiley weighing a 115.1-pounder.

The Kai Akua had a nice double Yellowfin “Allison” tuna day, catching 144.1- and 137.7-pounders with Capt. Greg France and deckman Jason Edmisson.

Jun Ken Po deckman Dyllon Smith (left) and Capt. Patrick Dorn landed this 163.0-pound ahi.

The No Problem picked up three yellowfin “Allison” tuna in two days, weighing 181, 146 and 130 pounds, with Capt. Ryan Thomas and deckman Jimmy Francis.