On Friday the 13th we head out from the west side of Oahu in search of an early season Ahi. We got up to the CO area early and put a couple nice Aku in the boat right away. There were birds piles in the area and as we ran from pile to pile we had two other mystery strikes that didn't stick. After working the area for awhile the action seemed to die down so we slid down and out. About an hour later as we continued out the rigger smashed down and started taking line. We cleared the deck and settled into a quick fight, got the Ahi to leader and gaff without any extra excitement and put him in the boat. The Ahi swallowed my old faithful 9" blue salmon Moke bullet. The trailer hook was buried in his upper throat and pointing into it's eye which is probably why the fight went so smooth for us. We quickly got line back out and worked the area, missing one more fish before making the long trip home.
Overall the bite slowed down a lot from early in the week and we were lucky to get our Ahi. This first trip was a reminder for me that when you hear there's a bite you have to make time and go. A lot can change in the ocean in a day and waiting a few days could mean the area that was holding fish might not be anymore. Tight lines and Aloha