Monday, August 31, 2015

Indo Water Woman

Mihoko Nakano was the water woman on this trip. She put in a lot of time surfing, diving and fishing.

Bottom fishing for uku.

Diving for menpachi.

And keeping the cool vibe on the boat with her husband Jimmy. Thanks guys!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Dream Team

This is our floating palace! 70 ft air conditioned boat with lots of room.
Upper deck overlooking the ocean.
Getting good view of the surf is important to time the windows.
Having a excellent crew is also key to a successful trip. Pierre, Turtle, Nico, Asam, Bass and Robi did a great job!
They even recruited a new crew to the dream team. Everyone loves James!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Life on the Dream

Happy birthday Jimmy! What a way to spend your birthday living on the dream!
Andrew found his precious nautilus shell.
James had his mini projects going everyday..
Al Ah Nee provided the catch of the day!
Pupu hour everyday! Spicy dogtooth for today!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Off the Grid

10 days off the grid! No wi-fi no internet and no cell service. Where should I start?
Our group has been busy getting barreled! No crowd just perfect fun waves. Photo by Nicholas Hoermann. Lots of fish, lots of fun, lots of good memories and stories to come. Stay tuned!

Monday, August 17, 2015

Almost there!

Next stop sibolga! 
Let's go gang!
We made it!

Layover no. 2

Woke up early for our next stop Medan. Everyone online except James Oshiro. 
Time to get a smart phone? Nah keep life simple.
All our luggage made it so everyone is happy. We are getting closer to our destination. A one hour crazy ride we arrive at stop no. 2, Medan. One more flight and an a overnight boat ride to go.
Our cozy room at the Danao Toba hotel. It's about 10 pm but my body feels like I just woke to go fishing.  Going off the grid now so good night from Medan. 

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Layover no. 1

We made it Taipei Taoyuan hotel for layover no. 1. We were all tired so shower and down. Zzzz.
Breakfast at 6 am and off to next flight.
Everyone on free wifi until it lasts. Next stop Jakarta.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Journey begins

The journey starts now! Local Filipino hooked us up! Board and fishing gear in each bag right?
Red Sea group super excited for some good times together. Looks like a full flight on board China Airlines.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Gaji weapons

Mahalo to Allan Sato from Gaji lures for the new weapons for our upcoming trips!
Ready to test um out. 

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Simple dinner

Best Kine of dinner is the simple meals. Fresh Otaru, Lau Lau and poi.
Welcome back home Sato family from Fiji. Nice tshirts.
Awesome fishing!
Good times spent with their family. Thank you for letting us plan your dream trip.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Special fish

Checked weather last night and knew today was the day! Wendell and I made it to the harbor early and as we were loading up we see this huge longline boat pull in and block us in. After a few kind words they move the boat and we were off.  I had a special request to catch an ahi for a special girl.
After a week of diving we both were having a little dose of fever so getting lines in eased the pain and withdrawals. I think both Wendell and myself need to attend "AA" meetings soon. I hear Ahi Anonymous meetings help those addicted to Ahi.
We found a nice bird pile and BAM! BAM! Double Otaru. Ginormous akus close to 25 lbs. now 6 boats see us hook up and start following. What,Nobody's catching? We get another strike! One more Otaru on ice. We decide to check out some other place with less boats. A few birds flying then the reel action starts. Port Outrigger slams then starboard rigger. Double! We put one in the boat in 15 min then start working the second fish. It seems light but then it wakes up and dives down. 
25 minutes later we get it in the boat. This monkey we thought turned out was a gorilla, Prob close to the 200 lb range. Too bad our fishing tournament ended last week.
We were back early prepping the fishes for our families to enjoy. 
This one is for that special girl, who is celebrating her graduation party.
Congratulations Erin for this is your special day. This fish was meant to be and had your name written all over it!
Here Erin and her brother Kurt with their special fish. I think I'm going to quit fishing now...


Gorilla on ice

OMG! OMG! We gottum!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Next stop

Time to start packing for our next trip. Big rocks first, boards and dive gear are on top of the list.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Kahana bay

Such a nice day for the beach. Headed over to the east side for some surf lessons and body boarding. kahana bay is a great place to camp and relax.
Tried for a few Ama crabs with my nephews but no luck.  

Friday, August 7, 2015

Mahi or Ahi fever?

Finally downloaded my pics and had a few keepers. Loaded up this day.

Mahi fever with Wendell Ko.

But nothing will replace Ahi Fever!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Kona day 4

Day 4 in Kona in search of our group landing an ahi. We had a half day to dive so we headed out to the buoy and Wendell and I jumped in first. 
First drop by Wendell and I see him line up on an incoming shibi. BAM! Great shot and 10 minutes it was up. Puna placed a perfect second shot and game over.  Got some cool video and pics!
We headed back in for a taste of bottom fishing and got a opakapaka. Perfect for the steamer.  Time to head home and get ready for indo. 

Kona day 3

Started off bottom fishing for some ukus and learning new fishing techniques from our captain.
Got more Mahis, shibi and Aku and headed in. Saw some cool nature things likes sharks, Dolphins and shibis spawning today. Going to look for ahi 1/2 day tomorrow and try bottom fishing again.

Our pad at sunshine village. Nice and clean but wish we had a.c. Good night from Kona.