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Oh... No Bites Today?

Written by Paul Belmudes   
Wednesday, 07 April 2022 23:27

They Said That No One is Hooking Up on the Big Island!

Got a voice message from one of my fishing buddies yesterday at 2 pm. The message said that he was at the local KTA grocery store in Keauhou and ran into a yak angler who just got off the water around 11 am. The angler said that nothing was happening in Keauhou including boats and the bite wasn't on. I was planning on fishing this week with him as long as the weather permitted (wind) and if his schedule becoming free from work. He pretty much told me that he was going to pass on fishing until next week since the bite was not on and there was no bait or good supply of fish at the KTA store in Keauhou. So I called him after listening to the message with him not knowing that I just got off the water in Keauhou with different results. I shared with him that the fish gods were on my side and that I was lucky enough to land a 38 pound ono within 30 minutes of dropping my bait. We kind of laughed and made the comment, "if you are not out on the water, you'll never catch... that's why they call it fishing."

It was a beautiful day in Keauhou Bay. Arrived at the launch site at 6:45 am to be greeted by a friend and his wife (Chris & Lori Monson) visiting from Alaska. Borrowed an extra kayak from one my good friends on the island and provided a basic kayak fishing setup for Chris. We rigged our yaks for departure and got into the water at 7:30 am. Headed southwest in an angle of the Sheraton hotel and proceeded to the my usual drop off at 200 feet. Casting my line over the side at a trolling distance of 200 feet marked-off by my dental floss marker on my 40 pound monofilament line. Not more than seven minutes into the pedal, my rod bent backwards and my reel started to scream.

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Kayak Fishing Magazine - Issue 28

Written by Paul Belmudes   
Tuesday, 06 April 2022 03:32

Mark Joslin (Maui Mark) is the "Angler of the Month" for KFM

The latest issue of Kayak Fishing Magazine is now online for viewing. Registration is required to subscribe to KFM. This month they feature Maui Mark, one our members as their "Angler of the Month" and provide other offerings in their magazine. Included in this issue is an interview with Jason Stock, plus an article on "How to Organize a Kayak Fishing Event." I enjoyed the article "Take Better Kayak Fishing Pictures" and their reviews on kayaks and other products.

Take a peek and read about Maui Mark by visiting Kayak Fishing Magazine.

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Fish Finder Transducer & Battery Mounting

Written by Paul Belmudes   
Monday, 05 April 2022 04:48

Mounting the Humminbird Fish Finder Transducer and Battery to your Kayak

Are you installing a Humminbird transducer and battery? Do you want to avoid the "marine goop" or "epoxy" and looking for an alternative way of installation without making holes in your kayak? Well here are a couple of solutions that I use on my Hobie Revolution that have solved my transducer and battery mounting. These methods have been working for 7 months without failure, problems I had previous to following these solutions. The transducer video is provided by CaptDick.net, the online store where I purchased the transducer mounting kit for my Humminbird 343c fishfinder. The installation is pretty much self explanatory. I chose to install it on the flat surface under my seat. If for any reason you run out of grease and need to add more, Humminbird support said that "marine grease" or "axle grease" can be used as a replacement becuase they don't ship additional tubes if you have to remount.

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New Website Design and New Additions to YakHawaii

Written by Paul Belmudes   
Wednesday, 31 March 2022 00:54

Kayak Fishing Community and Forum Now Included

It's been very windy for kayak fishing on the Big Island. Not saying that I've not tried, but every time that I've launched,  I had to turn back around and get off the water for safety reasons. When is the wind going to let up?  With little time out on the water, I finally took the time to redesign and update a better website for YakHawaii.

We've now added two important features to our website called the Kayak Fishing Community and Forum.  I was hesitant at first to add the Forum because there's another one in Hawaii that's more established and very popular with the local kayak anglers.  But by the request of some of our current members that wanted an alternative choice in a forum to discuss Hawaii kayak fishing, we made a choice to make it happen. At this time, only members can access the Forum and eventually we'll roll it out to the public for viewing when we have more dialogue in the threads.

YakHawaii will now have a better voice for communication between all its members and much more than a simple forum. YakHawaii.com will now help you get connected into the local kayak fishing community!  You can make fishing buddies, join and create kayak fishing groups, share your fishing photos and videos and show off the fish you catch from your kayak. You will learn new tips and tricks and even find the best fishing spots on the Hawaiian waters.

If you're a current member of YakHawaii, we encourage you to update your profile and upload your avatar image by logging onto the Kayak Fishing Community link. The best settings for the avatar images are 160 pixels by 160 pixels.  If you have any kayak fishing buddies that have not visited our website, please invite them to join and get connected and have them join your own fishing group.  We are the first to offer this valuable tool in Hawaii for your kayak fishing experiences. We are also looking for those who would love to contribute their stories of your kayak fishing experiences by becoming a writer of YakHawaii.com.  It's easy to submit an article, just let us know that you want permission granted to become an author by filling out the contact form or sending me an email.

Remember that this site is designed for you... our members of YakHawaii.  And if you want to see other features added to this website, please let us know and we'll consider adding them. Aloha and tight lines!


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