Sunday, July 15, 2018

Graduation Ahi

My friend Keith and his son Brandon joined us on board the Red Sea boat to catch some fish.  It was Brandon's second time on our boat and first time trolling.  Brandon will be heading off to college next month so it would be his last hoorah. Weather was little rough but we managed to make it out to the secret spot with my first string gaji lures ready to play when we took the strike!  Reel was dumping line out fast and guys did a great job and got a good workout.

Got it to the boat and into the boat in 20 minutes.  Took a few pics for the wall and set the lures again.

We got some mahis, onos and even got a cargo net!  First time ever!  Thought we hooked up a grander and put my new gloves to the test.  Thanks to my crew for another great day on the water!

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Magic gloves

Got a couple nice mahis the other day, stoked!  These are the most wanted fish nowadays.  Gold!  I hope we catch more.

Took a spin by the bay and feel so lucky we live in Hawaii.

Been looking for a good pair of leader gloves and ordered these from Pelagic.  They suppose to protect your hands when hauling in the big fish.  Hope they work because they cost and arm and leg!

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

BBQ Time

Had a great day BBQ ing with some good friends!  Kekoa and Teri invited us over to their pad and it was awesome.  Lance and Kekoa getting the Kamado ready for the ahi collars.  Bacon wrapped scallops, kalbi, pork roast, poke, etc were on the menu.

Beautiful panoramic view with family and friends is priceless.

Toda-san before and after pictures was classic!

Look forward to more good times with friends.  Thanks Kekoa and Teri for the BBQ.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Eat What You Catch

In our family we eat what we catch!  From the fresh slabs we usually try eat it raw first.  Some people lay a bed of cabbage, others use radish.  Making poke is usually a couple days afterwards.

The lesser grade parts go to bottling and this will last for a long time.  Often we chop the bones to make soup as well.  Nothing goes to waste!

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Pelagic gloves

Bought these pair of pelagic gloves hoping they would work well but after fighting one average size ahi  I'm not so sure how good these will stand the test of time.  Mono line burning holes right through my fingers. I better go look for something else? 

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Folllow the Yellow Brick Road

Happy 4th of July! Freedom on the open ocean is so fun!  No traffic lights, few other boats, beautiful scenery!  Headed out on the Red Sea boat on the yellow brick road to the emerald city with my crew, the Courages Cat, Ironman Al, and me the Tiny Tinman.  We asked the wizard for a sign and he gave us a rainbow to follow, so we did.  Headed for the pot of gold.  With no birds, no boats, no rubbish our port corner pops!  Reels screams and the line peals out, 10 second later the starboard rigger slams and we got a double!  Courages Cat steers perfectly and Iron man Al clears lines and starts to crank.  I crank the other pole and somehow we manage to land both using the trusty 110 cm toto speargun!

Snap a pic or 20 and head in early….But wait!  I decide to let the lures out just to check one other area on the inside ledge.  20 minutes later, another double in the blind!  One shakes the hook and our team is on point!  Ironman Al wisely keeps the line tight and Courageous Cat navigates the choppy waters. We bring it in 15 minutes to leader and it is on the side of the boat it tears the glove of Ironman Al. We secure it and this time pull all our lures out of the water and head into the harbor to meet the Wizard of Crow at the dock.

It was a dream day for all of us!  We avoided the wicked witch of the west and stuck with our plan to follow the yellow brick road and by the grace of God, came home home safely with some meat on the table.  Each journey we take on the Red Sea boat we get to see and experience different things.  Opportunities come and go but we learn from each trip out.  It's how we improve our technique by working together as a team.  Thank you to my sea and land crew for always working so hard and making our journey together so memorable.  Until next time, lets have some sashimi!

Monday, July 2, 2018

Ahi Feevah continĂșes...

Relaxing weekend for everyone, so took a stroll along the best side.  Weather was nice and calm and lots of boats went out.  Cat look for mid flyers.

Brent looked for high flyers…You gotta watch out when you board the Red Sea boat, so smooth it puts you to sleep. ha ha!

Then in the blind, BAM!  Gaji lure takes the hit and we are on!  

A few gold bars to mix it up.   Mahalos to the Red Sea crew for another awesome day!

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Grade A

The day after is always best to cut fish!  Mahalos to Al and Cat for their help in breaking it down.  Long day of cutting and cleaning up but well worth it.

Its a must to sample the fish and make sure the quality is grade A!  Broke da mouth!

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Good Luc!

Been working on my live bait well and fine tuning things.  Hopefully it works better now but still gotta water test.  Winds were up and waves were down so perfect time to go fishing again.  Been wanting to fish with my friend Brent Ching who really enjoys fishing and appreciates the feeling of having some good luc .  So we set the date and at 11:00 pm his work assistant, Augustine gets off work and wanted to hop in so it was a go! It would be Augustines first time fishing on a boat and she seemed pretty excited but nervous as she never caught anything big before.  They both only had a few hours of sleep but was on time to load up and we headed off for our Red Sea Ocean Adventure.

Augustines McDonalds breakfast didn't sit well with the 30 knot winds and rough seas so it came out pretty quick.  I recommended she lie down and rest because we were following seas and coming back would be much worse.  As my crew looked for high flyers I headed to the grounds, took out my 1st string Gaji lures and had them play ball.  Within 10 minutes we were on!  Reel is screaming, everyone is up and it was show time!

Augustine never drove a boat before grabs the wheel and we get hands on training as we go to work.  20 minutes later we see color and as brent is leadering the fish I accidentally drop my bang stick and watch it sink into the deep blue.  Brent thought I was doing the harpoon technique like on Wicked Tuna, but I wasn't.  I grab the gaff and gaff it while Brent secures it with a second gaff.  We were elated and high fives flew all over the boat.  It was Brent's first ahi this year and Augustines biggest fish in her life.  We take pictures, ice the fish and reset the lures.  As soon as I set no. 4 lure, outrigger pops and reel is screaming again!  Whaat!  No way!  As Brent and I clear lines, I can almost see the gold of the center of the spool. I hold tight to the line hoping not to get spooled.  30 minutes but what seemed like an hour I pull while Brent cranks and Augustine drives.  We finally see color and somehow get a gaff and meat hook into the fish.  We have the hardest time getting it over the rail so I look for another meat hook while Brent holds on.  The fish gets a second wind and starts to amp on Brent, he almost loses his finger, drops the fish and meat hook and the fish swims down.  Oh No!  I jump on the reel and start cranking hard!  Wait!  It's still ON!  Yes, we bring back up, I get a gaff and after 10 minutes we somehow get it over the rail.

Biggest one of the season so far!  Brent and Augustine now blessed to join the 200 plus club.  Snap a few pics and call it day before noon.

Both were big boys and Brent told Augustine to take a cold water plunge with her first Ahi's.  I give her credit because she was a trooper!

James Oshiro always in on it, and helps any way he can.  Thanks James, u da man!

Made it home before sundown is always nice.  Mahalos to my boat and land crew for another great day!  It was a very special day to see Brent get his not just his 2018 monkey but 200 plus pound gorilla off his back and watch Augustine step up her game despite the rough conditions.  Who would believe Augustines last name was LUC?  

Friday, June 22, 2018

Happy Aloha Friday

Small surf, windy weather, great time to edit!  So in the edit bay working on another HSD TV show!  We are so fortunate to have a great host, Merlinda Garma who does an awesome job!

Had a small piece of Otaru left so put together tonights pupus.  I enjoy eating poke simple style.

Simple yet elegant dinner!  Happy Aloha Friday!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

National Fishing Day!

Yesterday was National Fishing Day!  Had to make a run!

Wishing my Dad a Happy Fathers day! We got his favorite fish!  He should be eating good this week.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Sun, Surf, September

What a nice weakend to go to the beach!  Everyone is out even the sailers, surfers and sunbathers.  Some fun head high surf yesterday with good direction.

Looking forward to some September sessions with no crowds!

Friday, June 15, 2018

Stars and Stripes

How's this new method for launching a boat?  Our friends Ryan and Jaime had their trailer break on the road and the tow truck dropped them off at the pier.  Glad you guys are safe!

So we headed out and looked for birds…Al got the high flyers covered while Cat got the low flyers.  Took a Ahi screamer but somehow it shook my hook off after clearing lines.  Try again...

Found a few stars and stripes for today!  

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Gold & Silver

Great day on the water with my friends!  No other way to describe the feeling of catching your own dinner with your buddies on the boat.  Teamwork is dreamwork!  Here Owen Sr. with a nice bull mahi.  We had a bigger one in the boat and fly right off the boat, ha ha!  Got a couple marlin strikes but lost them and my favorite lure, oh well...

Brent Ching got to experience the Ultimate Sandwich!  Not sold in stores!  Lotsa love and Aloha in Al's sandwiches.  Thanks Al.

Owen got his share and then...

Lights Out!  Siesta time on the Red Sea Boat!

Got the gold and silver so it was a great day!  Thanks everyone for another Red Sea Ocean Adventure!

Friday, June 8, 2018


Small surf, windy rough water, perfect for fishing!  So Cat and I headed out to see what's for dinner?  Loaded up my Gaji lures starters and found a nice bird pile but no bites.  Thought it was worth having a second look and bam!  Double!

One shakes the hook but one is still on and taking out all my line!  I clear the lines, Cat drives the boat and I start cranking in 1/2 mile of line.  As it gets near the boat I start the leadering as Cat tries to secure it!  It runs and rips my hands apart as I let it go.  Finally we get it back in and I hold the leader and bring the fish up and we secure it!  Now our problem was how to get it in the boat?  After many heave ho  attempts we get over the rail and into the pail.  What a battle!   

The battle is over and we got a big one and some loose change.

Land crew 2 old crows are always instrumental in putting us out for the bite!  Thanks everyone for making dreams come true!  Now I need some salonpas and a massage, lol.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Hawaii Skin Diver New Episode

Tune in tonight for Hawaii Skin Diver TV. Channel 12 or 1012 at 8:30 pm for a Christmas Island adventure.

Boys were slaying the fish and sharing with the locals.  Everyone was happy!  Thanks for watching and hope you enjoy the show!