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Old 10-18-2008, 10:46 AM   #1
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Going to Kauai end of this month. I am interested in learning of places & techniques for shore fishing. Anyone have a few tips??

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Old 10-18-2008, 11:16 AM   #2
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I was in Maui this past summer, and fished about six times. I had a steelhead rod (8lb test) and a salmon rod (20lb test). I would use a bobber/bait rig on the steelhead setup, as I would loose a lot less gear this way. I would plunk with my salmon rod, but would suggest using a longer rod (mine was 8.5ft 10-25)! My buddy lives there and they would fish with 10-15ft rods. Go to the rocky spots, try go get out as far as possible if plunking, if bobber fishing you can fish right off the rocks. Squid was a great bait or Aku belly. If you want to use Aku belly, you will have to buy a whole Aku (size varies from 3-10lbs, usually $5/lb), and cut the pc's yourself. You can use other parts of the tuna just make sure the pc's you are cutting have the skin on them, as that is what will keep the bait on your hook. I tried all sorts of size hooks and weights and bobbers. It will all depend on the water conditions. I think you should be good with size 1 or 2 hooks for most applications. If you want to use big baits for plunking just step up the hook size. (1/0-3/0) I would also suggest fishing at night. We did better by almost 3/1 fishing at night! Bring/buy alot of weight 1oz to 3oz drop sinkers. Walmart had fair prices on fishing gear.

If you need more info pm and I can see if I can be of further assistance! Have fun and be safe, watch for sneaker waves!!!!!!

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Old 10-18-2008, 08:37 PM   #3
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What do you want to fish for?
The best bone fishing in the state is on the island of Kauaii.
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Old 10-18-2008, 09:49 PM   #4
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The best bone fishing in the state is on the island of Kauaii.
Mostly it's about opportunity and desire to try somethng different. Yes I am aware bone fish are there, but understand it is a little different fishery than fishing the flats off Florida. I have never caugt one, so it is intriguing to give it a try. That goes for just about the whole gambit of fish , as I have never been to Hawaii before and desire to do a bit of self-guided exploring. So fire away with suggestions!!!
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Old 10-19-2008, 09:47 AM   #5
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When I was there last January, there were several locals fishing off the rocks near Poipu. I didn't get a chance to check it out, but I'm pretty sure they were targeting a type of grouper (I'll have to go back through my underwater pics; I think they were gray with a little red on them). Anyway, this is the only type of fish I saw the local spearfishermen come ashore with. Also, you might try hanging around Outfitters Kauai in KaloaTown - they don't offer it as a commercial trip, but the manager there was way into kayak fishing and may be able to either hook you up or take you with him on his days off. If you get to KaloaTown, definitely plan lunch at the fish market (get the Ahi Poke lunch plate).

Non-fishing related info: I don't remember the name of the charter, but we did a party boat out of Port Allen that offered a "Discover Scuba" dive for only $40 over the cost of the boat ride (best way to try scuba diving if you've never done it). Don't forget the Waimea Brewpub (World's westernmost bar - "Last beer until tomorrow"). Oh, and if you go to the SW part of the island, Barking Sands / Polihale is very cool at sunset, but it's not swimmable and the road in will trash your rental car (not covered by the rental insurance - Don't ask how I know...). If you're in good shape, the hike along the north coast (from the end of the road at Ke'e along the Napali Coast) is breathtaking.
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Old 10-19-2008, 10:20 AM   #6
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Going to Kauai end of this month. I am interested in learning of places & techniques for shore fishing. Anyone have a few tips??
Some of the reef fish there like vegetables. You might try some frozen peas.
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Old 10-19-2008, 10:34 AM   #7
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I took light Steehead tackle and tossed small jigs wherever I could find some rocky structure. Prawns bought at the local grocery store also worked off of the peer at Hanelei (sp) bay.

Mostly caught trumpet fish and perch looking things. I forgot the name.

Basically the same techniques used off the rocks here work well there.

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