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Kailua Kona

Hawaii

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Ika Shibi ( Squid-Tuna )

Danny Bolton

A typical night of Ika Shibi fishing includes palu (chum), caffeine, ika (squid), tuna, dolphins, sharks and lack of sleep. You get in a routine where time goes by pretty fast - check the bait, chop up palu, chum the water and catch ika and it's not until around 3:00 am when your body starts to crave sleep. Brad, Matt and Russell all squeezed in a few power naps here and there and at around 4:30 am we heard what we all had been waiting for. SNAP!!! The cotton string we had the hand lines tied to the boat snapped as a fish started to take off. As quick as my brain registered what was going on I yelled, "Hook up!" Russell had already woken up from his nap, launched over a still sleeping Matt and started to pull in the fish. Russell hand lined the fish up to the boat and got a faint look at it in the dark before it took off again. It wasn't tuna. Thinking it might be a Broadbill, everyone was on their toes. Matt, having caught a Broadbill in the past, asked,"Can you feel bumping? Is it bumping?" It was. img_2468

Once the fish got close, Matt took the leader, Russell gaffed the fish and grabbed its sharp bill to bring it into the boat.

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After a brief celebration, we went back to work and put the lines back in the water.

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Expecting to go out and catch Ahi (Yellowfin Tuna) or Tombo (Bigeye Tuna), the Broadbill was a pleasant surprise.