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Three weeks in Hawaii

February 20, 2016

The next morning Ken surprised me with a McDonald’s item I had been fantasizing about ever since we booked the tickets… TARO PIE!  My deep running love for all that purple flavour goodness in the form of a discount pastry.  Enjoyed with wild chickens in stride, I was home.

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After the exodus of taro pies we did some sightseeing on Kaena point  and I payed careful attention to the signs that were clearly designed with Michael in mind:

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Clearly, Hawaii had prepared for my arrival.  So, I left the albatross alone even though one decided to perch on my head (thanks Ken for the cool picture!)

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If you can’t chase ‘em… join ‘em!

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On the way back we checked out another harbour where Ken managed to catch a yellowstripe goatfish while I fixated on looking for an eel.  Ken had to be home for dinner and I had my own plans to visit a very particular spot in Honolulu.

A few days prior, Elijah had suggested I check out a small city pond in Honolulu to rack up on cichlid species.  With our time on Oahu drawing to a close, it was now or never.  I took an Uber to the locale and arrived with only a smidgen of daylight left.

What followed was several hours of explosive, action-packed freshwater fishing.  After a brief chum of white bread I had fish taking bread off the surface.  The first was a lifer that had previously eluded me in Florida.

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I noticed some sizeable and beautiful carp were also taking the bread off the surface.  Using a shrub as cover, I lured some right in front of me!  I watched them take and spit my hook several times before I was finally able to connect.  Topwater carp was definitely not something I’ve been able to figure out back home, so this was a real treat!

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After the carp fun I turned my attention back to the cichlids:

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As I was speaking with a local I hooked and lost a cichlid to a snag.  About an hour later, this guy revealed himself to be the culprit, sporting my old hook and line all up in his grill…

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I also caught two of these cichlids which, to the best of our knowledge, are most consistent with convict cichlid.

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4 new species today!

For our final day on Oahu before departing for the Big Island we opted to once again hit the gem of a pier Wade had showed us.

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Ken was looking out for me today and was an important source of encouragement as I tackled some of the trickier targets.  I came across a Moorish idol that was particularly pecky, as most of them don’t have the slightest care for a baited hook.  With much persistence it was mine!

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In the same area, convict tangs were also active.  Ken had performed the magical feet of getting one to bite and suggested I try for one.  Just as a tour boat was getting ready to motor over the spot, I sank the hook into one.  Close call!

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… ‘gotta catch ‘em all!

Ken then pointed my attention towards some sailfin tangs.  A bird wrasse came cruising in instead, but I couldn’t complain.

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I had my revenge on the sailfin tangs too…

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The day went on and we poked around some docks.  Ken spotted two eels, but we couldn’t get them to cooperate.  I busted out the tenkara rod to try for one of the dark little shapes that were hiding among the rocks.

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We ended the day off by revisiting another pier.  I tried soaking a bait on a sandy flat for a goatfish, but just ended up taking a nap instead.
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When I woke up I threw some casts around the coral heads and tried not to get snagged.  I was rewarded with my very own white-banded triggerfish.

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And a shy crab…

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6 new species today concluded the first leg of our trip.  Next stop Big Island!

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