Sunday, February 26, 2012


Blown up and just waiting for some swell -


I walked up on this small green sea turtle -

It was sound asleep.

I was able to take a few photos without waking it up.

Beautiful shell -

Shooting Fish in a Barrel

Rainy today -

Even though, I went down South to hit the flats during low tide.

It was really low - drained out the majority of the flats and I didn't see many fish at all - until I walked up on a depression.

It seems as if every bonefish on the reef was congregated in an area 30'x100'.

I caught five of them (released them too) with the same bonefish bitter fly - sizes ranging from smaller "schoolies" up to a decent sized one.

They all fought awesomely and I got my fill of adrenaline quickly.

I didn't see any trevally, goats or any other fish - but I am definitely happy with what I got!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Nice Beach

I'll let this one speak for itself.

Mark White 1.5 Ounce Ulua Bar - Part 2

So I let the omilu go, and a few casts later, this bruiser hits that same lure!!!

He took the line and ran with it - around a concrete divider, making me go over a bunch of revetment rocks to keep the fish free and clear.

It then tried to run back down the dropoff, but I got it to turn.

A few minutes later and I had it up.

Gorgeous Giant Trevally!!!

Without a scale, I guess it was a 15 pounder. I found a pool of water and revived it after the fight. I figured "since I let that omilu go and I caught this ulua, if I let this ulua go, I should hook up with a much bigger one...." With the tide draining out to a .5m low, that was not to be. I took the remaining time I had and walked the extremely low tide exposed beach and scored a bunch of seaglass.

I did let this one go also - seemed very appreciative (I guess any living thing would if it was let go from the clutches of death). From this point forward, if the fish isn't injured critically, I'll likely let it go (not that I haven't been doing that already, I'm just codifying the practice).

Awesome fight - awesome lure!!! I couldn't have asked for a better reintroduction to fishing day! Hopefully, Karma will pay out based on today's results.

We'll see...

1.5 ounce Ulua Bar - Part 1

I'm back to work, but still jetlagged -

With the arrival of the weekend, I finally got to go fishing. I used one of the three Mark White 1.5 ounce Ulua Bars that I brought back from Hawaii.

The motion they have in the water is really good - lots of splashing.

This four pound Bluefin Trevally liked it enough to get hooked up.

After the fight, it was strong enough to swim back to the line up so I let it go to fight another day.

Karma rules - you get what you give - stay tuned...

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Squid Rig

I lost the purple ceramic one to a grouper (or the bottom).

If the weather cooperates, I'll use the squid jigs on Sunday bottom fishing.

Last Ones

Walking around HNL, I saw these things:

The coffee package has a surfing bee on it.

The inlay on the floor is a Hawaiian celestial navigation tool.

If you ever find yourself needing to burn time at Honolulu International - go check this out.


Second to last picture from Hawaii (this trip at least)

On the last day before I left Oahu, I burned a bunch of time checking out this tropical fish store.

It is at the base of the hill where I used to live (Aiea-Pearl City).

Made me want to set up another saltwater tank...

When I get back home in the summer, the family and I will probably set up a smaller tank - 29 gallons - with smaller fish and crustaceans. The big 100 gallon tank will have to wait until we find a more permanent home.

For those in the know....

This place has the best dough -

Malasadas from da aina.

La freaks out for these, and then within minutes goes "BLAH"

then she is good for another several months.

Despite all that buildup, anti-climactic downfall and wonderment - she loves these hawaiian-portuguese doughnuts!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

I came, I saw, I .....

Didn't get in....

This is Naoki's Gyotaku studio in Kaneohe.

Oh well - next time.

I did stop by Nohea Gallery in Ward Center and browsed through his stuff.

Interesting technique - really light black ink, but consistently not getting every detail (and making up for it in during the color application.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Amphibious Kanack Attack

I ate this chimichanga for lunch yesterday.

You may be asking yourself "Self, why is this picture amphibious?"

Well - check out the chilli pepper surfing on the large sized cup - stoked out of his mind!!!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

And We Saw a Bunch of Cool Animals





While we were chillin' at Sharks Cove

Didn't see any sharks...

We Ate Lots of Sushi

The kids have been eating sushi since before they were born.

Some things never change...

Winter Get Together

La and the kiddoroosters came out to visit me a couple of weeks back.

This turned out to be a "snorkeling" trip!

Man do I miss you guys....

Flat Island SUP Surfing Session

The Trades were down today - took advantage of the situation and paddled out at Flat Island (in Kailua, Oahu).

Two and a half hours of SUPing the Uli Fat Ass Quad - with no one out!!!

Waist to Shoulder high sets that I rode for yards and yards and yards...

I laughed the whole time I was out - even when I wiped in shin high water (and paid my dues in scrapes and a little blood - Kailua takes some heavy dues from me... yikes - but that's another story).

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Fish Ain't Cheap!!!

I've been way too busy with work - sorry for the absence, but things are starting to lighten up a bit. Back to the blogging.

Prices from the Pearl Harbor DECA.

Lesson in this? Don't take anything for granted.