Kayak Fishing Tales

March 6, 2017
My first ever Bluefin Tuna

bert1I just turned 50 years old. I’ve been fishing all my life, from shore and my friend Douglas Peebles on his boat where I learned how to go after pelagics. I’ve read HFN throughout my lifetime, but never thought I’d land something that would be worthy to submit to your magazine.
Last year, Tom Leinweber talked me into getting into kayaks again (wife and I had scramblers years ago), so after he let me try his kayak a few times, I was sold on it and bought myself a used Hobie Adventure Island.
I want to first thank Isaac “Rocket” Brumaghim who started the Aquahunters and taught me everything I know about kayak fishing (it’s lot different than boat fishing!!!). Without the knowledge and friendship of the Aquahunters (and without them taking on an “older” newbie), catching this tuna would never have been possible. I haven’t caught a fish off of my kayak since I bought it. So this year I entered the Aquahunters Makahiki Tournament.
First of all, let me start by saying this: All of you who catch big fish and do it by paddle only guys like Isaac, the Uyeda Brothers (Kevin and Gareth), Chris “ The Hammah” Paglinawan, Andy Cho, David “Boogie-D” Elgas, Doc, Rob, I succumb to your awesomeness. I unfortunately, am not as good as you, and my Makahiki scores had been proving it.
I met my partner Steven Uchida aka “Mongoose” on the West side of Oahu and he got in the water at 6:30am. I left and got in at 7am. Knowing the winds were up today, we planned to go out no farther 2 miles… I had my frozen opelu and was trying different rigs that Rocket, Doc, Boogie, Hammah and the Uyeda Bros showed me (sorry guys, promised to keep it a secret). But for almost 4 hours, nothing worked, So I said to heck with it; called Mongoose and told him I was just going to go back and forth and troll my lures (like I did in my “boat” days when I used to and learned how to fish with Doug). Two rigs/lures, and half hour later, the lure Mongoose gave me for my birthday went screaming! So I said to heck with it; called Mongoose and told him I was just going to go back and forth and troll my lures (like I did in my “boat” days when I used to and learned how to fish with Doug).

Source: wbfc.net
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