|Manini (Convict Surgeonfish)
|1 lb 15.6 oz
|Sand Island, Oahu
On April 2nd, the second day of mullet season, my dad and I planned on going out to throw net. We had high hopes of getting mullet because wed seen them in the same area for the past month.
As we were walking the shore, we had a hard time seeing fish because the water was a little murky and the winds were blowing. We saw a few mullet here and there that were small and not really the size we were looking for. After walking 50 yards or so, we saw a school of palani feeding on limu. The palani were in eating mode with their tails sticking straight up out of the water. As I slowly sneaked up on the palani, I bent and crouched whenever necessary so they wouldnt get spooked and run away. When I was the right distance away from them, I made my throw. It was a perfect throw on the school.
The fish began to get stuck in the net, and we immediately began to pick it up. I noticed something white and green in the net. I didnt think anything of it because the only fish wed seen in the school were palani. When we started to take the fish out one by one, we finally realized there was a manini in the net.
We both had to take a second look because we couldnt believe the size of the fish. We looked at each other and said, Wow, thats a big manini! We had never seen a manini that big before. The manini was almost the same size as the palani!
We made a few more throws after that, and we got some mullet.
The net I was using was a 9-foot net with 3-inch eyes that I made just before mullet season. The net line is 30-lb test Ande with a 60-lb test inside skirt of Trilene.
After fishing we drove to Hanapaa fishing store and weighed the manini in at 1.975 lbs.