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Yesterday morning I headed out at first light to a spot I hadn't fished in a long time and had never fly fished before. After a short hike I reached my destination. I stepped up to the shoreline and immediately spooked one of the largest bonefish I have ever seen. Well, at least the species I was targeting was around.

I started casting out from there hoping that one of his friends was still around. After a couple casts a fish took my fly. After a decent fight I had a half pound papio to hand.

There was a really strong offshore wind, so I decided to move down the beach a little to where casting would be more bearable. After a bunch of casts a fish hammered my fly and immediately began taking line. Then it started jumping. I got a good look at the fish and it looked like a bonefish, but it was jumping. I kept thinking, do bonefish jump?

The fight reminded me a lot of a really good Coho fight. The fish made many good runs and provided lots of acrobatics. I was finally able to bring it to hand and landed this:


This was the first awa'aua (Hawaiian ladyfish) I've ever caught. The day ended with losing one other fish, having a big omilu (Bluefin trevally) come right to my rod tip, and landing a roi. All n all it was a fun morning with a unique mix of fish. I didn't get my bonefish, but am even more excited about the Awa I caught. In all of the years fishing Hawaii growing up I never caught one, and my first trip with a fly rod I unexpectedly caught one.
 

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Nice! Ditto on the coho similarities. I was telling the guide I fished with in Baja that ladyfish deserve much better billing than they get. I'd be happy spending a week walking the beach with a 7wt outfit catching nothing but ladyfish. I'll pass on cornetfish though (just say no-no to nuu-nuu).
 

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Awesome fish. I was in hawaii last year, although i didnt have my fly rod with me, and wasnt a very competent (read: still aren't) fly caster then.

I also have a redington path 5 wt for trout, going to pick up the 8 wt path outfit for rockfish and salmon, awesome rod!
 

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Yeah, fishing for salmon from the beach has definitely helped my casting. I have a lot fewer wind knots and break off a lot less flies in my back cast. It has also given me the confidence to fish in windy days like yesterday.
 

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Awa awa, ladyfish, poor man's marlin. Great bait for roosters in baja. I used one today as a charlie to get some mahi to the back of the boat. Tons of papio around right now. Good luck on the bonefish. Mems.
 
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