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Shortbill spearfish a light-tackle favorite for many anglers

Today, the shortbill spearfish is one of the most common billfish encountered in Hawaiian waters, where they are often referred to as “chuckers,” and in the early 1960s were always considered to be young striped marlin. These early catches of short-nosed spearfish misidentified as ...

Tre Rickard excels on the hardcourt and the gridiron

LAHAINA — The West Maui Youth Basketball League has inspired the hoop dreams of hundreds of West Side keiki for over 40 years. From the “Termite” Division of preschool age kids on up to the middle school ballers, the program at the polished hardcourt at Lahaina Civic Center has proven to ...

Hinatea starts new year with 470-pound blue marlin

LAHAINA — The Hinatea started off 2021 with a nice 470.2-pound blue marlin with Capt. Chris Cole and Deckman Dylan Lehmann. Chris was 300 fathoms southwest off the Palaoa Point Lighthouse, Lanai, as Dylan watched the pattern. Suddenly, they had a violent snap off the short corner ...

Fast-moving marlin depend on vision

Marlin brains are tiny by comparison to the brains of mammals. An average size marlin has only enough brain tissue to fill a dessertspoon — and precious little of this is devoted to the higher brain activities as we understand them. Nonetheless, the brain and nerves of marlin obviously ...

Start Me Up Das It ends 2020 with 387-pound marlin

LAHAINA — After being tied to the dock since the March 19th COVID-19 harbor shutdown, and just four days before the New Year, the Start Me Up Das It, with Capt. Ross Elkins and Deckman Ekolu Garso, weighed a 387.0-pound blue marlin for Steve Davis. Ross had been working the NASA and ...

Virtual class available for thrill craft certification

HONOLULU — The state Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation (DOBOR) recently announced the launch of a virtual class for thrill craft certification by Windward Community College (WCC). The new and improved virtual certification course for new thrill craft owners and operators went ...

Great Marlin Race expands knowledge of billfish behavior

The original Great Marlin Race was initiated in 2009 by Dr. Barbara Block with Stanford University and International Game Fishing Association (IGFA) Representative Robert Kurz, with the guidance of Peter Fithian, IGFA trustee and chairman of the Hawaii International Billfish Tournament, to ...

Island Time lands 510.4-pound marlin

LAHAINA — The weekend warrior Island Time joined the 500-pound marlin club, weighing a 510.4-pound blue by Capt. Rod Quam and his wife, Janice. They started off the morning at the NASA Buoy off the back side of Lanai looking for mahi mahi and tuna. After working the buoy for a while, ...