Sunday, April 3, 2016

Bad Traffic Fishing and the Missing Mangroves

On the way home Friday evening, I decided to walk the flats instead of sitting in pretty bad traffic (the rest of the week traffic was super light - this commute made up for all that with a vengeance). I also remembered the Hickam Flats area was supposed to open up from the environmental project. The fish didn't seem to mind the mangroves missing. They used the bathymetry for shelter more than the mangrove root structure. At high tide, the remaining structure will act more like a coral head with fingers and voids to provide even more places to hide. And without the mangroves there, I don't have to cuss when my backcast is sloppier than it should be. Some animals didn't blink an eye at the missing trees. Maybe because they don't have eye lids. But they do have annular orifices, and this cucumber's orifice works. And perhaps the best thing about the project - it ended the rampant running of dogs off leash at the beach as well as the removal of the invasive mangroves - is the return of the Hawaiian seabirds to the flats. So nice to hear bird calls instead of dogs barking (and trying to make sure I'm not stepping on dog crap on the way out). I didn't catch anything, but sometimes that's really not the point of fishing. I did get to walk through one of my favorite spots on the island and the commute home after was a walk in the park.

3 comments:

Unknown said...

HI Victor, really enjoy reading your blogs. Just a question for you about this flat at Hickam. I am coming to visit the island in september but am having a hard time determining if the flat is accessible to me. I have read obout needing some military I'd? So my question is simply can just an ordinary Canadian civilian walk out onto this flat? Also base camp for me is Kapolei and by the look of a few of your posts you fish a few flats in this area? I'm hoping to fish a few mornings and not have to fight the traffic into Honolulu. Thanks in advance for any advice : )

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