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Has anyone ever surf fished in Hawaii. I will be in Oahu for a few days in June for a wedding. I plan to escape to fish at least one day. i would like to get offshore, but time will be a factor. I am staying at someone's house near the beach and thought I could try to catch a trevally or something. Any experience or info?
 

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hey Pope... that guy "coastal" from 2cool is in Hawaii right now scoping the place out. He was talking of how they let thier lines out by blowing up trashbags (balloons) and drifting them out off the cliffs.. Sailfish, and other large game fish FROM THE SHORE!!! crazy! think that is off the southern point of the big island though.
 

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Cliff fishing past Makaha on Oahu will probably be your best bet. Problem will be getting a local help you. A case of beer and a smile might help. It's not worth trying to haul a surf rod for a one day event. Unfortunately night fishing is best and you'll be at wedding parties. They use big ulua rods with a 24 ounce weight. They cast with weight only. Then you slide down your bait to the water with a 5 to 8 foot leader.

I call it cliff fishing, but the locals call it slide bait fishing. The fish hits the bait and heads off. The sinker pulls free from the reef and it's time to fight the fish. There are some big GT's caught with this method. You might drop by a tackle shop and maybe they will rent you some tackle for a day.

You need a good map in Hawaii. Last time I was on Oahu I bought a map from these guys in advance. I spent a week there a few years back before hitting 3 other islands. I think I drove on every road on Oahu. Pearl Harbor was worth the wait. The Polynesian Culture Center is another nice stop on Oahu.

http://mailorderhawaii.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=FM-OSF&Category_Code=HSM
 

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Thanks guys. I will look over the suggestions tonight.
 

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Pope, sounds like an awesome trip. Let me know what you find out or please post. I bet you can catch something from shore but I wonder what? Fishing from a high cliff doesnt sound like much fun to me but if I could hook into something huge, it might be worth while. Let us know what you find out.
 

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Things just got better. The father-in-law of my buddy who is getting married chartered a boat for us for billfish the day after we arrive. I am thinking of telling the captain we want tuna!
 

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Things just got better. The father-in-law of my buddy who is getting married chartered a boat for us for billfish the day after we arrive. I am thinking of telling the captain we want tuna!

just dont be one of those guys that tries to tell the captain how to fish and where to go.:D
 

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Oh I wouldn't, but if the tuna are in town I would ask to target them instead.
 

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most likely yall will pull skirts all day for ONE bite, then the captain will retain the fish himself and sell it once yall hit the docks.... make sure ya know what kind of operation the captain runs...
 

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Beggers can't be choosers. I am a begger on this one. If he tries to sink a gaff in a marlin I may accidentally button down the drag.
 

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Pope,
don't be suprised when you have to politely ask for a few fillets of fish you caught. The charter folks over there consider all fish theirs unless other arraingments are made.

After all it's such hard work putting the trolling lines out at the harbor entrance and zig zaging out a few miles and back for 6 hrs. and calling it an all day trip!

Tuna are caught year round but summer is prime time.

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