||Waimea Bay, Oahu
Im submitting this application for the Yellowtail State Record. This fish was caught on Sunday October 18, 2020. Here's a little story of my catch:
10/18/20 will go down in the books as one of the best days of this crazy year!
Like usual, the day started off early in the morning. It was the 2nd day in a row of fishing for me and it was gonna be hard to top the awesome action we had the day before. I already had 3 Papio and a Moi in the cooler at home, so I brought my PIFG tagging kit with me and planned on tagging and releasing any Papio I brought up that day. The fishing started off slow, but everyone around me was having their fair share of action. By 7am, I had tagged and released a 12.5" and 15" Papio and the bite slowed down. I ended up moving one of my rods down about 20ft to see if that would help me get a bite. I placed it right next to my buddy's rod that had been getting the majority of the bites the last 2 days and we all laughed at my
desperation! I casted my Halalu bait out a little further this time, and in less than 10 minutes...it happened! We were talking stories when by bell rang. I turned to see my Daiwa Ballistic rod bending over, and line started ripping out of my Shimano Trinidad 30A reel. After a few hard runs, I started putting extra pressure on the fish, since there were so many lines in the water. Then, the fish did something that i didn't expect...it changed directions and blitzed straight towards me! Its what o'io are known to do,
but not Ulua...what did i hookup to?! The line went slack and I thought I lost the fish. I must've cranked in about 20-30 yards of slack line as quickly as I could, before the line tightened back up. By then, the fish was right behind the shorebreak and managed to tangle 2 other lines. Without hesitating, my partners jumped in, slacked the lines and helped me get
untangled. A few more hard boosts later and the fish was flopping on the sand. My heart sank again when I thought i had caught a big Kahala! But little did I know, it was the elusive Hiramasa (Yellowtail), and not only was it my personal best...it was the biggest one I've ever seen!