Yes, the island of Oahu is overrun by a million people of fish eating ancestry. And yes, these fish eaters are using 21st Century technology or finely tuned subsistence skills to harvest from the sea. But what I kept hearing from the quietly successful fisherpeople appears to be true:
Oahu still get fish… you just gotta know where to go and how to get ‘um.
I grew up on the south shore of Oahu, surfboard fished in my early 20s before the concept of kayak fishing existed (well, except for what the Inuit were doing for a couple thousand years) and then moved to Los Angeles for the next 20 years. Came back in the late 2000s and tried to find the fish again, using equipment and techniques borrowed from the West Coast.
A few worked, most didn’t. Fishing in Hawaii is unique.
In this blog I’ll to share some fishing tips I learned the hard way, while still respecting the limited resources available on our islands. To this end, I’ll try to not name or photograph land marks that will give away locations.
Update (2017, 3 yrs after starting the blog) : I’ve been blessed to fish regularly with some talented shore, SUP and boat fishermen and the blog content reflects this wider circle of experience. I’ll continue to try to provide information to make your outings more enjoyable, or give you something fishy to read when you’re not able to fish.