July 18, 2011 Kona Fish Report – Jim and America Catch Mahis and Ono

Jim and America of Northridge, Ca fished with me today.  I ran far offshore to a tsunami warning buoy in hopes of getting them into some light tackle action.  We arrived at the buoy around 8am.  It didn’t look too good but on our first pass we caught a nice mahimahi and a small ahi.  I saw several other mahimahi follow the one we hooked so I rigged my light tackle rods with strips of bait.  For the next several hours we caught 15 mahimahi from 10-15lbs.  On one of our passes near the buoy a big ono came up and ate Jim’s bait which had a light leader of only 80lb test.  I told him it would probably break the leader eventually but he fought the fish to leader in about 15 minutes.  Pretty amazing considering ono have razor sharp teeth.  This was Jim’s first ono and what an amazing way to catch it!  Jim and America also caught several small ahi in the 10-15lb range. 

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