Recently, the Freuchte family signed up for a full day of charter ﬁshing with Kona Family Fishing Charters. Kermit, his wife Ann and son Jack had done quite a bit of ﬁshing on the eastern seaboard but not much else, so this experience in Hawaii was quite special.
(Top) A fishing adventure on the Big Island. (Bottom) Jack’s first catch, which is also a tasty one.
After our early morning orientation, crewman Ryan Lutes casted off the stern and bow lines, and we were off to ﬁnd some ﬁsh at about 7 a.m. Our initial plan was to try and lure a beautiful Ono (wahoo) to the boat for Jack, some offshore ﬁshing for smaller yellowﬁn tuna and maybe even a mahimahi for Ann on her ﬂy-rod.
The family was enjoying our breakfast and Kona coffee when the long rigger came down hard and a beautiful 25-lb. Ono screamed off line from the reel. In short order, 12-year-old Jack was ﬁtted into the ﬁghting chair as he started reeling in the ﬁsh. Before we knew it, the ﬁsh was along side the boat. Ryan secured the ﬁsh and safely packed it on ice. The ﬁsh was a beautiful specimen and many photos were taken of its “zebra-like” striped pattern. Ono are abundant in Kona waters during spring and summer months. Ancient Hawaiians must have thought that this was an excellent ﬁsh, as they named it after its ono (delicious) taste.
Fishing poles in place for some big game in Kona.
After a slow couple of hours, I suggested to Jack and his parents that maybe we should go back inside and ﬁsh the inshore reefs for some exotic reef species. They agreed, and we set off for the Kona airport area.
Both Ann & Kermit were catching ﬁsh and having a blast watching Jack do the same. After about 30 minutes, Kermit hooked into something BIG, in about180 feet of water. It was surely putting on a good ﬁght against the lightweight spinning reel. When the ﬁsh ﬁnally came to the surface, we recognized it was a prized Uku (Grey Snapper). Uku are wonderful eating and great ﬁghters. These ﬁsh are rarely seen in restaurants or markets because ﬁshermen usually prefer to share with family and friends. Firstmate Ryan ﬁlleted the ﬁsh, packed them on ice for the family and gave Ann cooking and sashimi (sliced raw fish) instructions. Fresh Ono sashimi and grilled Uku were on the menu tonight.
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Guest post by Lee Cochran, Owner of Kona Family Fishing Charters, LLC Follow him on Twitter @konafamfishing