In Ji's expert hands, we headed out of Kailua Beach into 4ft swells and 15kt onshore wind powered by a 2.5hp 4 stroke engine. We wanted to troll around the weather buoy but it was too rough, so we trolled to our bottom fishing spot hoping to pick up a Kawakawa but none wanted to play.
Once we arrived on location, we set up our rigs with a sliding 1oz egg sinker, a 3' leader and a #8 hook. I tried to go with lighter line but the triggerfish quickly snipped off my hooks. At the end, I found that 20lb provided enough sensitivity and prevented bite offs adequately.
The new species came quickly and all of them love the ika (squid).
Masked Triggerfish (Sufflamen fraenatum) - Species #486
Manybar Goatfish (Parupeneus multifasciatus) - Species #487
* The Manybar Goatfish had been my nemesis for a long time. I had tried previously over 3 trips to Hawaii to catch one, but could not catch one even when my friends beside me caught them. They are now a common catch for me after catching the first one.
Boomerang Triggerfish (Sufflamen bursa) - Species #488
Wedge-tail Triggerfish (Rhinecanthus rectangulus) - Species #489
Blacktail Wrasse (Thalassoma ballieui) - Species #490
Hawaiian Hogfish (Bodianus albotaeniatus) - Species #492
Blackside Hawkfish (Paracirrhites forsteri) - Species #493
Arc-eye Hawkfish (Paracirrhites arcatus) - Species #494
Ji also caught a Bluestriped Snapper, a Cigar Wrasse, a Hawaiian Chub and a Bluefin Trevally.
On the way back, we trolled in the canal and found a couple of juvenile Giant Trevally and juvenile Great Barracuda to cap of a fantastic session.
Giant Trevally (Caranx ignobilis)