BIG Surprise for Tucson Family Fishing in Kona. All the Roddy family wanted was some small fish for their children to pull on…. That’s how it goes in Kona, Hawaii. The family from Tucson, AZ boarded Fire Hatt for a half day charter with the anticipation of entertaining the kids and letting them pull on some small fish. We were headed offshore to “F” Buoy where there were some reports of bait holding. With the idea we might catch something a little bigger for Mike (Dad) we had out a nice assortment of lures that might snag a nice Shortbill Spearfish or Mahi Mahi along the way. Shortly after giving the family the “Chair Talk” we settled in for the ride to the buoy. At 8:15 Adam saw a dorsal fin slide up behind the short corner lure. Adam quickly started teasing the fish by dropping the lure back and retreiving it a few times, finally after just a few seconds the fish opened his mouth and Adam dropped it right into its mouth. GAME ON! We are hooked up! Mike is in the chair fighting the fish of a life time. After a 55 minute fight, we have the Pacific Blue Marlin to the boat. The fish is weak and not responding to the efforts to revive it. It is evident we are not going to be able to save the fish, so we are boarding it and headed to the scales. The Pacific Blue Marlin weighed in at 697.5 pounds and was 125 inches long. Caught on a Bomboy Lure, this is the biggest marlin for Fire Hatt this year. The bittersweet of the story…it is two days before the start of the H.I.B.T (Hawaii International Billfish Tournament) and we would really love to have had this fish next week! It was a good warm up.
I think they will be back to try for the small fish they promised the children.