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I just got back from Kona and thought I'd post up some color as my silent protest against the grey gloomy weather. And to cheer up Jeremy.

Nothing big as I didn't go out on a charter this time, but small and feisty/weird/colorful can be fun if you're a species junkie like me. I used 4, 5 and 6 weights and a variety of shrimpy searun cutthroat patterns and small mantis shrimp and some green and tan blind charlies for the omnivores. The winter swells were POUNDING so shore fishing was pretty tough. Nonetheless, between home projects I had fun and got some fish.

Most of these are crappy cell phone pics so don't expect much...Jeremy, these are for you brothah!

A goldspot trevally on a purple spider...

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A bluefin trevally/papio on Leland's euphasid, one of the best tropical patterns around...

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Stocky Hawkfish / po'opa'a on a mantis shrimp...these guys are super aggressive predators and will hit topwater flies too.

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A couple black triggerfish on Estaz shrimp and green blind charlies from my secret spot...
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A damselfish with a hole clean through his back. Tough bugger to survive whatever attacked him!

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Kua Bay had NO BEACH due to high swells. It'll rebuild itself in a couple months but no beach at Kua impacts bikini viewing...

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This is a very large saddle wrasse specimen. They are not big fish, but the colors never fail to make me smile...

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Mingo:

Great report and photographs! Glad to see that you are again posting some of your fishing adventures. I have always looked forward to read and see them! Hope that everything has been going well with your life since your heart breaking lose in the last year or so.

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Never seen a wrasse bigger than that one. It's a beauty!
 

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I just got back from Kona and thought I'd post up some color as my silent protest against the grey gloomy weather. And to cheer up Jeremy.

Nothing big as I didn't go out on a charter this time, but small and feisty/weird/colorful can be fun if you're a species junkie like me. I used 4, 5 and 6 weights and a variety of shrimpy searun cutthroat patterns and small mantis shrimp and some green and tan blind charlies for the omnivores. The winter swells were POUNDING so shore fishing was pretty tough. Nonetheless, between home projects I had fun and got some fish.

Most of these are crappy cell phone pics so don't expect much...Jeremy, these are for you brothah!

A goldspot trevally on a purple spider...

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A bluefin trevally/papio on Leland's euphasid, one of the best tropical patterns around...

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Stocky Hawkfish / po'opa'a on a mantis shrimp...these guys are super aggressive predators and will hit topwater flies too.

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A couple black triggerfish on Estaz shrimp and green blind charlies from my secret spot...
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A nenue...
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A damselfish with a hole clean through his back. Tough bugger to survive whatever attacked him!

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Kua Bay had NO BEACH due to high swells. It'll rebuild itself in a couple months but no beach at Kua impacts bikini viewing...

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This is a very large saddle wrasse specimen. They are not big fish, but the colors never fail to make me smile...

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Aloha.

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I like that you showed yourself fishing, in addition to the pictures of the fish.

I recall a trip to Maui and snorkeling near the hotel, there was quite the variety of fish among some lava rocks there. A school of what I took to be small bonefish were hanging out there, and three trevally of some sort, pretty good size compared to the other lava reef fish I saw, can swimming in and then away, and back again one or two times.

I have been to Kona once and stayed at a hotel near a beach park with turtles and snorkeling and a big underwater influx of freshwater mixing with the saltwater. Also alot of cultural remains there. Not sure if the hotel is still there. (Kahaluu Beach Park?)

anyway, what i am getting at, is you showed me that one could go out fly casting with basic patterns and catch interesting fish. I'll remember that if I have another trip.

Jay
 

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Mingo - you seem to be a well respected Kona resource. Top three charter captains on Kona overall? Fish fun and overall experience? Thanks in advance! We are going in June.
Thanks. For deep sea multi-species Russ Nitta on the Lepika is my favorite. Light tackle inshore, Del *****. The third place could be split between many other awesome captains over there. But you have to know that most of them are going to troll and only troll for marlin or yellowfin. Those are the marketable fish they sell to supplement their incomes so that is what you will most likely be going after. Russ and Del are opportunists, going for what is hitting at the time. High fun quotient with both of them. And you can flyfish with both IF the opportunity is there. I've been with both when mahi mahi were thick or inshore species like wahanui (a type of jobfish) were hitting poppers. You just have to take what comes and not expect any type of species to be around when you're there. But you'll have fun. These photos were all taken on Russ's and Del's boats by me or my wife.
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