Tuesday, August 28, 2012
It seems like so long ago now that we got good waves to ride so reflecting on the last trip to Mentawais where we got good surf everyday. Maccas was going off as usual for 3 days straight and we got to surf with legendary Martin Potter and some of his friends from Rip Curl.
We had the honor of donating school supplies to local villages as a mission and we had so much that we will be giving more out on our next trip.
One of my favorite waves by far is HT's or Lances Right. This wave is the dream right hander and one day we surfed it all by ourselves. The other day 35 guys in the line up.
But like any Red Sea trip, the surfing, diving, fishing is the "icing on the cake". Its really about travel and meeting you friends and just living the dream! I can't wait to get back on the boat later this year.
Monday, August 27, 2012
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Friday, August 24, 2012
The weather was looking good for a day on the water so we decided to take the Red Sea boat out for another day of breaking in the motors. You need to go slow when breaking in the motors and trolling seemed like the best option, but if we didn't catch anything I brought my dive gear as plan b. We drove far and found a nice pile of birds and we put in our favorite Gaji lures and bam! Starboard rigger goes off! I quickly clear the lines while Kekoa grabs the pole and Crow mans the wheel. Its a good fight and I grab the gaff while the fish slowly comes up.
We see color and the fish is hooked by the trailer hook on the top of the head? What? Yup! Kekoa keeps the lines tight and we get it in the boat:) It was Kekoas first Ahi and we were just talking about it last week of how he wanted to catch one. My dad has worked long and hard on the boat and it was good for him to actually see all his work paying off with fresh fish!
Thanks guys for a fun day on the water! This was our first real catch on the Red Sea boat and as the phrase goes..."Better to be lucky than good!" Pretty soon Red Sea charters will be open for business! Ha Ha!
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Saturday, August 18, 2012
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Summertime doldrums continue here on the south shores of Hawaii. Everyone is saying its the worst summer ever...Surfers are all anxious to get some solid surf soon while divers are enjoying every minute. Forecasts still don't look that promising yet so better book your tickets to go chase some swells soon. Mentawai group already sold out but a few spots open for Mexico next month. If you are interested shoot me an email.
Monday, August 13, 2012
Well our 2012 Niihau Adventure came to a close and everyone had a blast! We were on the perfect boat with the perfect crew and perfect group of divers. We couldn't have asked for anything more. Beautiful sunsets and stars above with no obstructions of city lights. Light winds and fair seas made our ride smooth.
We had fresh fish and even did bbq on the boat with kalbi ribs, bbq chicken, hot dogs and all. Bruddah Mikey took good care of everyone and made sure we were all fed well.
He even went diving with us and showed us how its done Niihau style.
Our divers were very selective and only targeted certain species like this uku. Layne Tsuchiguchi got a couple nice ones.
Team westside dive and tackle, Kris Tyler and Brian Watanabe also got some prized catches like this Mu and knifejaw.
At the end, all the fish went to the families of the crew and all their workers. Mahalo to Capt. Jerrie and the crew for a great trip and we look forward to more Red Sea Ocean Adventures in the future.
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Monday, August 6, 2012
Tomorrow night features "Hawaii Skin Diver TV" 100th episode! Can't believe how fast it has come by and we want to thank all our sponsors who have faithfully stood by us all these years. Our divers who always invite us along their adventures and without them we would not be able to provide our viewers non-stop action. Our film crew and local musicians who have generously provided the support we need every time. And all our viewers who watch HSDTV and make it one of the most watched shows on OC16. Premier of our special Northwest Hawaiian Islands episode will air tomorrow, Tuesday at 8:30 pm on channel 16, 1016 (HD) or log on to www.oc16.tv.
Saturday, August 4, 2012
Mexican Shootout 2012 has come to and end and overall event was a huge success! We met our goal to provide A/C units for the local elementary school and everyone had a fun time. Our sponsors stepped up again and generously donated all kinds of goodies for our divers and boat captains!
Boat Captains were on it again putting divers on their fish each day. Here Captain Yoni keeping a watchful eye out for our divers in the water. Yoni has the winning smile and his secret weapon is he speaks english!
The blue water diving was just as relaxing as it looks here. Calm seas each day made the conditions to nice for our local divers. Some of them even fell asleep while diving. I think a little more wind would have been better for the pelagics but our divers still kept busy on the reef.
Here Ken Oakes took a nice Pargon off the spot called Pargon Alley. Its here were huge reef fish are taken daily. If you want to dive this spot you got expect to bend a couple of shafts on your trip.
From Reef to blue water game, La paz has it all! Here some of our divers displaying their catch. We are so happy to be able to support the local community, catch some nice fish, but most of all we are happy to see new friendships made. Thank you to all our divers for joining us and we look forward to seeing you all again next year!
And as a added bonus we even got to see an awesome baitball in action. So much to say on this day but will save it for another exciting episode and article in Hawaii Skin Diver TV and magazine!