Kona Hawaii fishing report Ė Nov. wrap-up .
November was a very slow month for charter fishing as the uncertain economy and uncertain tax burden has many vacationers in a wait-n-see mode. The new TSA procedures arenít helping either. And as Iíve said before, many of the vacationers that are coming to Hawaii are skipping the big ticket items like helicopter tours and fishing charters but on with how the bite was for November. The month started with a very low catch rate as the current direction and speed kept playing tricks on us but now the biteís pretty good with mahi mahi leading as the most common catch of the day. The blue marlin bite is pretty good now also and it seems that the spearfish have started moving in already. A bit early in the season for the spears but hopefully the run will continue and not peter-out before the peak of their season hits.
There has been yellowfin tuna around the FADís up to about 30 lbs. but theyíve been very finicky about biting. The bigger yellowfin in the porpoise schools have been playing hard to get also. Weíve had some spurts of ono and otaru tuna but nothing that can be counted on.
The bottom bite as usual has been good and the method that almost guarantees a successful fishing trip. In last monthís report I talked about our new Hawaii shark fin law and since then, Iíve kept talking to people both in authority and people who are fishing rights advocates and as it stands right now, itís in the hands of the States lawyers who now find it necessary to clarify if a shark, brought in with its fins still attached is a violation of the law. The law (as written) makes no distinction in the matter so it comes down to an issue of interpretation. I catch more sharks than any captain in Kona and I let them go but I would most likely keep a small thresher for the dinner table and others readily kill and land mako sharks. According to our local harbor police, landing a shark with its fins attached is a violation of the law and I donít have the extra funds to get into a legal battle about the issue so for now, if I want some thresher, Iíll just fillet it out at sea. In many States itís illegal to bring in only fillets of a fish but Hawaii hasnít made a law against that yet. As I find out more on the shark fin issue, Iíll keep you informed.
See Ďya on the water ,
Capt. Jeff Rogers ,
Good report Jeff, thanks.
I'm no tree hugger by any means, and I think the "bringing a shark in with fins intact is a violation" is just garbage. If it's legal, and you want to bring it in, good on you. NEver been a fan of the finning though - don't kill it just for the fins. Just seems wrong to me.
The only people that tell you it can't be done are the people who haven't done it themselves.
No person in their right mind would condone shark finning and even though the practice was made illegal here, that didn't stop the illegal trade of shark fins. The new law aimed at getting it off of menus. I don't think A new law will stop those who broke the previous laws anyway. Capt. Jeff