|Mullet, Sharpnose (uouoa)
While throw netting at Puako, Hawaii, I caught this potential state record uouoa. I work for DAR-Hilo and we are doing some life history studies on this species. It was an overcast day with a rising tide and we were almost finished with our sampling. I saw a school of about a dozen uouoa in fairly shallow water and waited for an incoming wave to cast my net.
After the net hit the water, I could see a few uouoa struggling to escape. I quickly went to retrieve the net but it was firmly stuck on the rocks. Then, a puhi appeared and started to eat one of the uouoa. I managed to get only two fish but one of them was huge. We measured and released the smaller uouoa and decided to take the huge one back to Hilo so we could extract the otoliths and gonads.
The next day after measuring and weighing the uouoa, we realized that it could be a potential state record. I then took it down to S. Tokunaga Store to get it weighed again.