Sunday, December 31, 2017

Last Fishing for 2017

I took the kids out to the flats on Saturday December 30th. 

I caught a Nunu (Coronet fish) and a Hinalea (Wrasse).

This year was tough fishing.  I hope 2018 has more hanapa'a for everyone!!!

Happy New Year!!!

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

My Cousin Paul's Reef Tank

I posted on this tank a few years back.  It has since gone through a significant hurricane and a subsequent meltdown.  I wasn't at his house long enough to see it with the lights on, but I can only imagine how nice it is!!!!

The refugium light was on and there were amphipods running around.

There are times I miss having a reef tank...

Sunday, December 17, 2017

In Search of...

The Meade's Gutless Crab...

I stopped off at the last place I had seen one - The Avid Angler at St Augustine.  The fly guys inside said they stopped selling flies because a new shop opened up down the street.  He said I should go there and check it out.

The new fly shop is called the Oyster Creek Outfitter.  I found a bunch of the Meade's Gutless Crabs here and a few other crab flies I thought the o'io back home would like (I'm so thoughtful).

They more cool stuff in there, but I don't have room to bring back much this trip.  And since I was burning some time, I hit the old faithful - the one-two incredo combo - Black Fly Outfitters and Strike Zone!!!

Strike Zone had this one man skiff out front.  At first I thought it was a Bote Rover.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Moray Eel

Tried out a new spot (to us) yesterday - broken pier on Hickam.  I was casting a 1/12th ounce silver kastmaster on my whipping setup, and a smaller baitcasting rig on the small St Croix.

I managed to pull up this small moray eel - wasn't even hooked - just tangled up with the leader around the bait.  We also got a cool view of several planes making final approach.

I still prefer wading and casting on the flats or the edge of the channel - but this could be a good spot when the tide is too high for wading.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

And Searing Because -

Not all parts of the ahi strap are good for poke.  The portions with more connective tissue don't cube up or slice as well, so those parts are better seared up!

More yummy!!!

More Dinner - Ahi Poke in Giant Shrimp Chips

La had seen this at a potluck event a couple of weeks back.  She wanted to make it at home -


Date Night Ramen

A bit out of order, but La and I tried a new ramen place on a Friday night date - Agu Ramen Bistro.  I had the Tan tan and she had a Cilantro based bowl.

Good stuff!  Not as good as a couple others out here, but good comfort food on a cool winter Oahu evening!

Saturday Afternoon Sailing and Shower

Noe has a buddy who is leaving island and they wanted the opportunity to go sailing again (outside of class).  After I got back from kiting, we all packed up and headed to Rainbow Bay Marina.  Both Marlon and Noe checked out Lasers, and La and I went out on the Weta.  This gray hulled one was very similar to our old boat.

Oh - and it was raining the whole time.  There were some good squalls that blew through - made for some really exciting runs with all three sails deployed!!!  We're going to have to do this more often!

More Kiting - Saturday at Kailua Beach Park

I have rediscovered kiting!  Second time back out (after a long hiatus) and it doesn't quite feel like it is brand new again, but I haven't quite thrown caution to the wind either -

I also haven't found my gopro mount for the kite, so I only have these pictures of the before and after.

The wind was good for most of the session.  It did die once and my kite just fell out of the sky, but at the end I didn't feel like my arms had gotten ripped off.  Good day (with more to follow)!!!

Marlon Hamming it Up!

I have definitely been delinquent when it comes to posting - too much to do.  I will try to remember I have a blog...

Here is Marlon sailing a Laser last Thursday evening -

What a ham!!! ;)

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Kiting Again

Oh yes it has been awhile - but I finally broke the dry spell.  I pressure tested both the 16 and the 11 Crossbows and there were no issues.

Back when we lived in Gulfport, MS I was actually kiting a fair bit.  The kids were much younger and they always took shelter from the wind under the kites - as soon as I had these pumped up - that's where they went.

The next day, I got a call from a friend and we headed over to Kailua.  I put the 11 up and used the twintip.  The wind was just a hair too strong, but I depowered the kite and stayed out for a couple of hours.

I truly missed kiting - this is something I'm going to have to remedy although living in Ewa Beach makes any kite outing a good haul (Kailua or Mokuleia...).  I'm also gonna get my directional ready. 

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Kalo, Lau Lau and an Elephant Noe

I made lau lau for the first time this past weekend.  And Noe became an elephant.

The things you can do with luau leaves.

SUP Specific Hover

I recently became more edumacated on the 2018 Naish Hover foilboards.  There are different versions - a windsurfing specific model, one for SUP surfing and finally a crossover (to do both windsurfing and kitesurfing).  The windsurfing specific model does have flatter overall rocker (and the one I saw in person was full carbon).  Here is the SUP surfing model.

If I got one, it would be the crossover model to give the best of all possibilities.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

And a Sunday Morning Dawn Patrol

I really need to surf more -

The swell was a little smaller today, but still great fun!