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  • bwmabry 9:53 am on December 22, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 2012 kayak fishing,   

    THOUGHTS ON 2011 

    Aloha from monsoon soaked Big Island Hawaii. I believe it has been about 6 weeks of monsoonal rains on the east side that has brought brown water alerts and rough seas and the last week of the year appears to hold the same forecast meaning; No Fishing for us kayakers.

    I could make a Kona run but…… That seems to be my mantra for 2011; I want to go fishing “But”. Not fishing hasn’t had anything to do with motivation “But”, it seems that something has interfered whether that was, work, back issues, DIY projects or other domestic duties. What’s the forecast for 2012?

    I resolute to making time to fish 2012, no pressure to catch but just go fishing and enjoy just being out there. I have an opportunity to take early retirement (4 years early) which would be my 2nd retirement after having retired from Uncle Sam’s misguided children (USMC) 13 years back. Problem is the 2nd career has made for a standard of comfortable living and new toys and technology that will be tough to readjust to, and of course the biggie, the wife says “Not”! Damn, a missed chance to take up fishing and not be bothered with the daily grind of punching the time clock, oh well.

    So what am I going to do? 1st is making leader sets and sharpening hooks in ample numbers, oil the reels and replace any gear items that need it. Because of the back issues I’ve taken the Scupper Pro out of mothballs so I can bear the lesser weight of lugging the yak to the water verus the Hobie which is a monster but great for extended outings when a partner can help with the lifting. So I’ve made some “McGweyer” additons and/or tweaks to make the load out faster and share some of the components from the hobie making them interchangeable. I’m pau with the electronics with the exception of the radio and will rely more on reading the sign and not fret on loose or broken connections.

    So….2012 here’s looking at cha’, I’m ready and oh yeah, no mo’ sharks my tackle is tested.

    • lavapix 10:02 am on December 22, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      That all started when I was driving away from my lunar eclipse lava hike. I had great weather other then the strong winds. Nice here in Kona.

      • bwmabry 10:17 am on December 22, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Bryan, I’d love to take a few days in your great Kona weather however, there are things I must take care of daily at home that make getting to the Golden coast a problem. Anyway, what’s your take on the recent activity in the caldera area, any predictions?

        • lavapix 11:07 am on December 22, 2011 Permalink

          The summit quakes are increasing. I’ve been watching it for over 1 yr now. I will do some hiking out there again soon to see if anything is changing. Little stuff. The current flow still isn’t vigorous like past events.

    • DriftingSon 10:55 am on December 22, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Oh man- this weather is driving me nuts. Had to pass on a chance to stay a few days at Ke’ei too, sadly. The only upside, time for boat-building and kayak rigging. I’ll be ready to fish when you are!

      • bwmabry 11:02 am on December 22, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Saw your post on the boat build, looks as if it’s coming along nicely. Will shoot some pics of the scupper retro-fitting this weekend after I’m finished working on the mountain. My schedule changes 2 Jan, I’ll be off on Tues – Fri hope we can get some time in on the water if that fits your schedule but, I am always up for a “scheduled sick day” too!

    • pueo50 10:24 am on November 2, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Function test

  • bwmabry 10:19 am on October 16, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: akule, bait balls, kawalea, kona coast,   

    Bait Balls 

    You’ve seen the bait action at the surface but, have you seen the amazing goings on underneath the surface? The following link is from BoDiver’s Flickr account which shows amazing stills of bait balls beneath the Kona coast waters off the Big Island.

  • bwmabry 10:28 am on October 3, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Kilauea, Pu'u O'o,   

    Bryan Lowry – Google+ 

    Bryan is keeping us Puna residents up to date on the latest from Pu’u O’o on Kīlauea’s east flank. 

    Bryan Lowry – Google+.

  • bwmabry 8:25 am on October 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Hilo Bay, surfs up   

    Hilo Bay surf is up! 

    Hilo Bay Surf is up! Choke Paddlers.

    Link here for real time feed;

  • bwmabry 7:57 am on October 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Mahi   

    KA HUNA Fishing Forecast Phase 4 Kukolu… 

    KA HUNA Fishing Forecast Phase 4 “Kukolu” 1 Oct 2011
    Fish abundant during dry season. Canoe and pole fish in the morning. Clear weather, wind blow til ‘ole night.  This is a good fishing period but ocean currents will soon change.

    Good luck to those not working that can get out fishing.  The Mahi are close to shore on the Hilo side, (I know I let one go due to a rookie mistake!).

  • bwmabry 9:38 am on September 30, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Aquahunters, Ka Huna, , Makahiki   

    Hawaii fishing advice Morning fishing good on low… 

    Hawaii fishing advice: Morning fishing good on low tide. Sea choppy Wind steady and gentle in morning.

    For the guys entered in the “AquaHunters Makahiki (sp?) today is the last fishing of their months long tournament. Good Luck guys.

    • DriftingSon 8:18 am on October 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Was hoping I could have finished the Makahiki as big as I started it, but alas, three days in a row with no fish does nothing for one’s points total! Still happy with pulling off a third place finish.

      • bwmabry 11:02 am on October 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        So Shawn, does this mean you get to stay in the rec division or do you now move in the pro division and do battle with Andy?

    • DriftingSon 7:44 pm on October 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I’m afraid it means I’m on to the pro division, unfotunately. I can’t compete with those guys. Wish I could stay Rec and have another shot at winning something.

  • bwmabry 6:56 am on September 28, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    KA Huna Fishing Forecast 28 Sept 2011 

    Ghosts cast shadows to keep fish away. Torch fishing good on reef.

    • bwmabry 7:00 am on September 28, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Okay…. so the Hawaiian fishing forecast may be dismal, I’m still going to give it a shot today from Leleiwi if I have help unloading the kayak. If not I will head out from Puhi Bay. Late launch around 0930 and fish the rising tide through 1600 today. Will be my first run in 2 months!

      • bwmabry 9:34 am on September 30, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        It was a great day on the water with my friend Shawn. Launched around 1000 and returned about 1700. The seven hours on the water was overcast and near placid conditions (for Hilo waters), small bird piles on Aku were chased and Palu dropped overboard. By the end of the day we both took 2 strikes and lost a Mahi a piece. I’ll post my Mahi video Saturday and reveal the “Rookie” mistake on a nice fish.

  • bwmabry 11:28 am on September 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply

    Ka Huna Fishing forecast 27 Sept 2011 

    Hilo moon phase 0 Beach and reef fishing good. Women hand fish, men with torch. Tide is low in the evening, the sea rough during the day. Calm warm night with little wind.

    • bwmabry 11:32 am on September 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Looks like best time could be from 1100 to 1400.

    • DriftingSon 11:46 pm on September 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Hmmm. Might have to stick closer to shore tomorrow….

      • bwmabry 6:51 am on September 27, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Will be waiting on a report. I think I’ll make a run on Wednesday was thinking Thursday but Thursday may be a little damp. Will make the call this afternoon for location, if solo Puhi Bay, with partner will launch Leleiwi.

  • bwmabry 4:48 pm on September 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Big Island Turkey   

    Pu’u Kee Kee Turkey 

    • javafishingadventure 8:53 pm on September 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Very cool shot. I haven’t seen a turkey in Hawaii before. I grew up on Maui. Thanks for sharing.

      • bwmabry 10:08 am on September 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Normally I’ll see a number of them beside the road, I just liked this shot because of the grasses and lack of powerlines etc. I believe the Rio Grande’s were introduced to the Big Island in the late 50’s from stocks in Oklahoma.

  • bwmabry 9:33 am on September 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Hawaiian fishing forecast, Hawaiian moon,   

    When the moon delays its rising until daylight… 

    When the moon delays its rising until daylight has come, it is called Mauli.  Tides are low on this night and fishing is good. Hey if we’re lucky the young Opelu will leave the deep water and school in the near shore waters. Could this bring the bite back for our Big Island pelagic fishes? Let’s hope so!!!!

    Anyone got a fishing report? Are the Opelu schooling on the east side?

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