ISLAND FISHING KAUAI -FISH REPORT
Kauai Fishing for April 2014
Kauai Fishing east side fishing grounds have had schools of small size tuna (10 to 40 pounds). Mostly Yellow Fin & Skip Jack, known in Hawaii as Ahi & Aku. Big Yellow Fin Tuna or Ahi 100 pounds are around as well as Big eye Tuna over 100 pounds are possible. Mahi mahi also known as Dolphin or Dorado are now appearing in numbers and small to medium sizes are common with larger ones here and there. Ono also known as Wahoo have been hooked recently. Another species the short billed spear fish or Hebi has been hooked recently. Pacific Blue Marlin and Striped Marlin are around and hooking large sized ones is possible daily. Fishing Kauai is an amazing experience. Spring is a great time to hook into all the Pelagic fish group. Tropical pacific blue water fishing at it's finest. Check out Island Fishing Kauai BLOG page for recent catches and updates.
KAUAI HAWAII ANUAL FISHING ALMANAC
January to February: The Kaui Marlin/Billfish fishing season is typically a bit slower. While some truly large Blue Marlin are caught every year at this time, this is more of an exception than a rule. The Striped Marlin (Stripers, Stripies, or Nairagi) can be caught with some consistency, but only in certain areas. The Skipjack Tuna (Aku) and smaller size Yellowfin Tuna (Ahi) can be caught as well. Dolphin Fish or Dorado (Mahi Mahi) can be found but are few and far between. However, finding some flotsam in the water can change the rules on the availability and numbers off all the fish we target instantly. The Kauai Humpback Whale season starts in December and they remain in Hawaii until May. Whales sightings are a daily occurrence at this time of year.
March, April and May: Marks the start of Kauai's first Dolphin Fish or Dorado (Mahi Mahi) run of the year. More often than not, Dolphin Fish (Mahi Mahi) are a daily occurrence and on exceptional days a dozen or more can be caught in a trip. In March, the Dolphin Fish (Mahi Mahi) are average in size. As the season progresses, they become larger and weigh up to 50 lbs. Spring is also a good time on Kauai to spend a day looking for a large to extra large Blue Marlin. Average size Yellowfin Tuna (Ahi) are in the 10-60 pound range and are also common as we move into spring and summer seasons. The Humpback Whales are around, but decreasing numbers at this time.
June, July and August: Kauai's prime-time for catching big Yellowfin Tuna (Ahi). The average fish caught from Kauai waters will often be 100 lbs with many fish topping the 200 pound mark. Considered the best time to fish in Hawaii by most, the summer months are the tournament season for the entire state. The Wahoo (Ono) becomes more abundant throughout the summer and Dolphin Fish (Mahi Mahi) are still common as well. Summer is also typically BIG PACIFIC BLUE MARLIN (A’u) season with several fish tipping the scales at over 1,000 pounds being caught each year.
September,October and November: Hawaii’s species of Marlin and Billfish become more abundant. The Striped Marlin (Nairagi) will school up in small “packs” and attack anything you have behind the boat. This ultimately makes for some very exciting fishing on Kauai. When the Marlin schools show up, the average size of these are 120 to 180 lbs. Big Blue Marlin are still around with the average fish being over 500 pounds. The rare Shortbill Marlin (Hebi) or Spearfish become more abundant allowing anglers looking for a very unique and coveted trophy, a good opportunity to catch the rarest of the Billfish. The 10-60 pound Yellowfin Tuna (Ahi) are still hanging around providing plenty of consistent action for the avid tuna fisherman. And Dolphin Fish (Mahi Mahi) are still common as well.
December: Commonly we see smaller Yellowfin Tuna (Ahi) and Skip Jack (Aku) . On occasion, huge schools of Big Eye Tuna will make a showing in our waters, these are the more aggressive and reckless cousin of the Yellowfin Tuna (Ahi). When a school of Big Eye Tuna is feeding, anything in its path becomes prey. Watching a full speed, wide open Big Eye Tuna bite is an amazing sight.