Kauai Bluewater Report - April '03 [Archive] - Fly Fishing Forum

: Kauai Bluewater Report - April '03

04-16-2003, 10:50 PM
Yes, you can find a charter who will let you flyfish from his boat! Don't expect them to know what needs to happen however. I got lucky and was given contact details for Don Jones, a young charter captain who's been out in Kauai for about 15 years. Knows the Islands waters inside out and backwards, has a great boat and loves light tackle. Most importantly he isn't afraid to try something new and doesn't have a hang-up about the number of dead fish in the ice-box!

We had spoken on the phone before the trip and when I arrived we chatted a bit about the techniqes - bait and switch with teasers, chumming, anchoring a mahi or wahoo to attract the school within range etc. He had taken a few fly guys out before - one chap turned up with a trout rod and spent two hours subduing a three pound skipjack tuna:rolleyes: There were also a few horror stories at the dock about large flies embedded in ears and such like but we quickly established a raport and headed out into bright sunshine and 10 - 20 mph trade winds and 15 ft+ swell.

The State has placed a number of buoys which act as fish magnets at strategic drop off points. On Kauai these are within 5 miles of shore so very little time running before the first rod started to screem then another two. Fifteen minutes later we had four skipjacks up to 6lb each in the boat which we would later use as "bait". The Tuna were there but couldn't be enticed to the surface for a shot with the fly rod although a small yellow fin did oblige to a trolled bucktail deceiver. After a few hours we headed West to another buoy and had our first Mahi strike very quuickly. The next couple of hours were textbook:D

Using conventional gear we trolled the dead skipjack - Mahi absolutely love taking bites out of fresh Tuna. Get a hook-up and haul it in close to the transom. And here come its pals - 5, 10, 15 at one point there must have been at least 25 "electric blue arrows" homing in on their distressed cousin. A short roll cast with a Trey Combes bucktail Sea Habit in Flying Fish colors and Wham! My first experience with Mahi Mahi and I hope not my last. These guys were all around 15 to 17lb and they do not give up. We did catch the odd glimpse of much bigger singles but they were playing it smart. I was using a 13wt rod and definitely didn't feel over gunned - particularly when you factor in the wind and swell.

A nice Mahi Mahi (http://www.avsharp.com/mahi1.jpg)

and another (http://www.avsharp.com/mahi2.jpg)

My second day out was a replay of the first but the sea was even rougher and we had a close encounter with a Wahoo which made short work of the 300lb leader on the conventional gear. Needless to say, I will be giving Don a call on my trip next year - they pulled in a small marlin the week I was there!

04-16-2003, 11:28 PM
I envy you! Mahi mahi on the fly - awesome. Great fight, leaps and last time I had the pleasure of fishing for them we had the chef prepare one at our hotel for dinner, outstanding table fare.

Nice report, Adrian.

04-17-2003, 07:13 AM
Great report. FFF Hats in Hawaii now!


Dble Haul
04-17-2003, 08:05 AM
Great pictures and report....I'm jealous. :p

04-17-2003, 08:48 AM
AWESOME :eyecrazy:

Cool pics too!

04-19-2003, 12:25 PM
Nice job. The pictures are incredible, and those are the little ones Huh?

Bob Pink
04-20-2003, 08:46 PM
well done there adrian!

Now about those 15+' swells...... cripes!

04-24-2003, 09:29 PM
Too cool!Way to go Adrian!

I can only hope that some day I get to hit the warm saltwater with a fly rod.

04-24-2003, 09:59 PM
Adrian... fantastic fish.... really super... You need to tell me what rods and flys!!!! All Sea habit Bucktails??? a great fly.

04-24-2003, 10:46 PM
Loomis GL3 Mega Taper 12/13 and Teeny 450. I find this has plenty of backbone yet still reasonably comfortable for conventional casting. Grant Hartman down at Baja Anglers takes billfish up to 200 lb on the same outfit. I stuck with Sea Habit bucktail in the Flying Fish pattern - there were a lot of "naturals" zipping around out there and it was a case of match the hatch.

Hey just a minute, why didn't I think of this earlier? Maybe this is the one case in saltwater fishing which you can genuinely call "fly fishing"? :devil:

So, John, your next challenge is to come up with a "dry" version of the flying fish - both Dun and Spinner of course :smokin: :hehe:

04-25-2003, 05:38 AM
Yes... what is interesting is that I had seen one at the Point at South Monomoy on one trip.. I can't rmember which, but it was seen by a couple others as well.. that was a first for me at that location... I had seen them a lot in the Bahamas but not on Cape Cod. I will get right on it and tye a feather brain one... once I get a good picture of one

04-25-2003, 06:42 AM

I think that flying fish are some of the coolest fish in the sea. I was in the Caribbean this winter and I was fascinated by these fish. I saw hundreds upon hundreds of the fish sail for a hundred yards at times over the clear, azure water. They were amazing.

I was on a sailboat and we did have an old Penn reel mounted to the stern of the boat. I trolled a fly from the stern but to no avail.

Here is a sight with some pictures of the flying fish:




04-25-2003, 07:19 AM
I remeber that Monomoy flying fish - that was the July trip which Tyler attended. It was very close to shore and the colors were incredibly striking.

Mike, yes they really do cover a lot of distance when they get airborne.

Can't wait to see the FB John :D How about an "emerger" to round out the set :smokin:

05-01-2003, 12:30 PM
Would you happen to have contact info. for Don Jones? (website, email phone,...). He doesn't pop up in any of the standard searches for Kauaii charter captains. Thanks in advance.

05-14-2003, 03:23 PM

Sorry, I missed your post - seems to happen a lot these days - must be an age thing :rolleyes:

Don's phone#s:

808 639 3012
808 824 6264

Good luck and if you talk with him tell him I said hi!