Port Clinton, OH Trip – May 4 to May 9

Day 1

Woke up early Monday Morning – Dad and Mark Collier came to Sandoval, and we loaded up. We made good time to Port Clinton, saw lots of “Himalayan” deer (Him ‘ a ‘ layin’ – as in on the side of the road). Rained most of the way up. After we checked in, we hit the portage river. Our hotel had access directly behind it, and we were close to the pier.

Mark picked up a HUGE Freshwater Drum, I’d never seen one so big. We ended up catching a lot of drum over the trip, and started looking for spots where we wouldn’t catch drum by the end of it. I caught a few fairly nice ones, but his had to be around 30″ long.

Freshwater Drum
Freshwater Drum

Over at the pier, I immediately picked up a few White Perch – they are closely related to White Bass – Easy way to tell is that they lack stripes. This one had a good size bite taken out of it’s dorsal fin. I felt something hit it hard on the way in.

White Perch - Morone americana - 2015 Species #24
White Perch – Morone americana – 2015 Species #24

I left some worms to soak on one pole, and started drifting waxworms on a small #12 circle hook. I really wanted to pick up Northern Sunfish and Pumpkinseed while I was up that way, but I’ll have some more chances at those later. When the waxies would drift close to the shore I would pick up a few gobies.

Round Goby - Neogobius melanostomus - Angling Species #28 / 2015 Species #25
Round Goby – Neogobius melanostomus – Angling Species #28 / 2015 Species #25

I fished pretty stinking late, but kept only catching Drum, White Perch and Gobies. Rain was moving in, had a fair bite – but only one new lifer – and two new 2015 species.

Fat White Perch
Fat White Perch

Day 2

Juls picked us up early Tuesday morning, and we went after some breakfast. It rained pretty much the entire six hours we spent out on the water, but we picked up quite a few Walleye – Average was 26″, but we caught our first 30″ of the week – ended up catching a fair amount of 30″+ fish all week long. We ended up with 54 lbs of Walleye.

Walleye - Sander vitreum - 2015 Species #26
Walleye – Sander vitreum – 2015 Species #26

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That afternoon I tried bottom fishing some in the Little Portage River Wildlife Area. The fish were not having it in the main river. My time was running out, since I needed to pick Dad and Mark up for Dinner – So I hit smaller spots on the way out. I got a good bite on a small pond, but couldn’t hook anything – so I downsized my hook and caught a goldfish.

Goldfish - Carassius auratus - Angling Species #29 / 2015 Species #27
Goldfish – Carassius auratus – Angling Species #29 / 2015 Species #27

On the drive out, I stopped at a ditch that fed into the Little Portage river, and found a swarm of Golden Shiners – Including this fat female who laid eggs all over me. Didn’t notice until I got them everywhere.

Golden Shiner - Notemigonus crysoleucas - Angling Species #30 / 2015 Species #28
Golden Shiner – Notemigonus crysoleucas – Angling Species #30 / 2015 Species #28
Shiner Eggs
Shiner Eggs

Later that night, I went to a small pond near the hotel – a few dead channel cat were floating in it, and the sunfish bite was lite – but I caught a few. They were bluegill and green sunfish, which I already have caught this year.



Day 3

We went out with Juls that morning, but only picked up 2 small ‘eyes totalling 5 lbs. It was super foggy, and you couldn’t see much…but you could sure hear the foghorns of ferries and barges. You don’t really want to get ran over by those, so Juls graciously allowed us to move the hours to different days.

Right after we called it quits, Juls shared a sorta-publicly-know Morel spot with us. The morels had come and gone at home, but these were just starting. Greys and Yellows, and a few random blacks.FB_IMG_1431201099960

The fog never really cleared off, but we hit Cold creek later in the afternoon. Rainbow, Brook and Brown trout frequent the stream. Dad caught a small rainbow, but they weren’t really biting. However, the emerald shiners were thick. Also managed to pick up a silver shiner upstream below a riffle.

Emerald Shiner - Notropis atherinoides - Angling Species #31 / 2015 Species #29
Emerald Shiner – Notropis atherinoides – Angling Species #31 / 2015 Species #29
Silver Shiner - Notropis photogenis - Angling Species #32 / 2015 Species #30
Silver Shiner – Notropis photogenis – Angling Species #32 / 2015 Species #30

Day 4

Days 4 and 5 really made up for the fog and rain! Day 4 was the day of heavy fish – 74 lbs total, 14 fish. 5 “Fish Ohio” qualifying Walleye – greater than 28″, and two 30″ fish at the same time on both sides of the boat.Walleye_20150507_140109 11041756_697386580373267_1893422080949671643_n IMG_20150508_233055 Walleye_20150507_140015Afterwards I hit the Little Sandusky River down at a bridge below the main wildlife area. I caught a new lifer – a bowfin. It was a crazy fight, it was a fairly large fish, and I was looking for sunfish – so it was a #12 circle hook, 4lb test, and a waxworm. I fought it forever, finally worked it up the bank. It thrashed me good when I was handling it, I fell, it fell, and it went back into the water. So no pic. He must have been the guard dog for this muskrat.

Muskrat House
Muskrat House

Never caught another bowfin that day, but managed to pick up a few little bass.

Baby Bass
Baby Bass

I went and picked Dad and Mark up and we tried Cold Creek again. I caught a carp, but it managed to shake off the hook while I was pulling it out of the water – another lifer missed in one day. I may be cursed! Steelhead were running up and down the creek – we harassed one terribly. Dropped nightcrawlers, red wrigglers, egg sacks, powerbait, and wax worms in front of her face, and she wasn’t having any of it. Very lethargic, I wonder if she had just spawned?

Day 5

We didn’t catch Walleye as big today, but they sure were coming in waves. We were running 6 boards, the bottom bouncer was in time out for not catching any walleye. At one point, we had only one line out, we caught 5 fish in 10 minutes. Three at once. These fish only weighed in at 45 lbs total, but they were all eaters.

Overall, we caught 178 total pounds of fish – 41 keepers. We divided the meat in thirds, 120 pounds of finished meat. At $12.50 / pound in the fish market – About $1,500 dollars worth of fillets.20150509_195900It was a great day to finish out the week’s Walleye fishing.

I took a nap – the week was really catching up to me, but afterwards we headed to revisit the bowfin spot. I had seen a big channel pulled out the previous day. Luckily, I had better luck this time. Found several nests of bullhead.

Brown Bullhead - Ictalurus nebulosus - Angling Species #34 / 2015 Species #32
Brown Bullhead – Ictalurus nebulosus – Angling Species #34 / 2015 Species #32

Didn’t get a channel as big as I had seen – but managed to pick one of those up too.

Channel Cat- Ictalurus punctatus - 2015 Species #33
Channel Cat- Ictalurus punctatus – 2015 Species #33

We had to really work to get the hook out, so I just took the picture while dad was holding it. I’ve caught way bigger catfish, but it felt nice to finally catch one this year. Right afterwards, dad caught a buffalo of some sort, didn’t see it as he was throwing it back. Then, finally, a bowfin.

Bowfin - Amia calva - Angling Species #33 / 2015 Species #31
Bowfin – Amia calva – Angling Species #33 / 2015 Species #31

Wasn’t quite as big as the previous one, but fought well and had nice color.Bowfin_20150508_181827We were getting ready to head to Steak’n’Shake for some Frisco Melts, but I decided to throw in my fish-finder rig one more time. The guy on the page I linked to gives them a little hate, but it’s made the biggest contribution to the number of catfish I have caught than any other rig. I hate to think of how many hundreds (or thousands) of 15+ pounders my dad has caught on this rig. Anyway, I decided to load the bottom hook up with corn. Right when I was getting ready to reel in and leave, I caught this Common Carp!

Common Carp- Cyprinius carpio - Angling Species #35 / 2015 Species #34
Common Carp- Cyprinius carpio – Angling Species #35 / 2015 Species #34

He put up a drag-screaming, multi-run fight. But luckily, I had brought the big guns out this time – my Nightstick catfish rod and Daiwa DF100A reel, loaded with 500 yards of 15lb mono. It may have been a little overkill.20150508_192059

We ended up frying up some of the Walleye and vacuum sealing the rest of it on Mother’s Day. We had a great trip, and there is already talk of making a Striped Bass trip…so I’ll have to start researching some new spots :)









Microfishing Lunch Break

So, yesterday I decided to check out some of the local creeks where I could get access for a few micros. I ended up picking up a few new species, as well as some I already have knocked out for the year.

I tried a spot south of Salem on Crooked creek. There were creek chubs and stonerollers, but I just wasn’t having good luck. The water was very muddy, and the bite was light. I didn’t want to waste time, so I headed over to Dums Creek. There I picked up my two new species for this trip: a Blackstripe Topminnow and a Bluntnose Minnow.

Blackstripe Topminnow – Fundulus notatus – Angling Species #26 / 2015 Species #22
Bluntnose Minnow (Male) – Pimephales notatus – Angling Species #27 / 2015 Species #23
Bluntnose Minnow (Female) – Pimephales notatus – Angling Species #27 / 2015 Species #23
Bluntnose Female Closeup
Bluntnose Female Closeup

The sunfish were absolutely swarming. Picked up these Bluegill / Green Sunfish. It was hard to fish for anything else, because they would swarm the bait.
Sunfish_CrookedCreek (2) Sunfish_CrookedCreek Sunfish_DumsCreek

Finally, I dipped in on the way to pick up my daughter to catch her one of these creek chubs I saw before in Iuka. They are in a piece of creek that is cut off on both ends for now, so I knew they would be there. I took this one for her to see up close. She was sad when the fish went back home to it’s creek :)


Catching up On Species

A lot has happened since my first spotted bass! I’ve been to several spots and picked up ten new species! I figured I’d better get on top of updating, since we are leaving in just a few days for a week of hardcore fishing in Ohio. Walleye here I come!

Forbes Lake, IL – Boston Pond

I had a day of working at the studio, where Rachel was away at a wedding. I figured I had time for two quick trips, and they paid off pretty well with four new species for 2015.

Right off the bat, I dropped in a carolina rig for Rainbow Trout, #18 hook – rainbow power bait. Classic rig for stocked trout. I had really got to figure out something before I leave for Ohio – there are wild brookies and browns up at the trout camps. There are a huge number of species I am after up there, so I am trying to figure out the best way to optimize time.

While waiting on my trout, I picked up two sunfish species. My problem with reckoning what fish I have captured before, is that I have never documented any. So I can’t be sure if I have caught green sunfish, although I am pretty sure I had. Caught several regardless!

Green Sunfish – Lepomis cyanellus – Angling Species #19 / 2015 Species #12 Edit: The original picture was misidentified. Here is a real, but tiny, green sunfish I caught later.


Redear Sunfish - Lepomis microlophus - 2015 Species #13
Redear Sunfish – Lepomis microlophus – 2015 Species #13

Apparently, I had a very lazy trout on the line while I was reeling in sunfish. I watched it like a hawk, and never saw so much as a twitch. The trout you could see were super sluggish. Don’t know how long he was on, but it took the disgorger to unhook him :(

Rainbow Trout - Onchorhyncus mykiss - Angling Species #20 / 2015 Species #14
Rainbow Trout – Onchorhyncus mykiss – Angling Species #20 / 2015 Species #14

After I picked up these three (I spent more time driving to them than fishing for them). I headed back to work.

Kaskaskia River, Carlyle Dam

After my work was completed, I had a little time before sunset, so I headed out to Carlyle to try some bottom fishing. There’s no telling what you will pick up on a carolina rigged worm there. That night the answer was drum. Lots of drum.

Freshwater Drum - Aplodinotus grunniens - 2015 Species #15
Freshwater Drum – Aplodinotus grunniens – 2015 Species #15

They were all approximately this size. Every cast brought one in. I know when we get up to Port Clinton, we will catch much bigger drum, but these were fairly fun to catch a mess of.


Shortly after, Rachel and I left for Georgia to attend a week long marriage retreat for couples who are small business partners (mostly photographers / creatives). I may have been a little sceptical at first, but I blame that on my proximity to the Coosa river, and a number of species that are found in that area and not back home (Coosa bass, Snail Bullhead, Greater and Brassy Jumprocks, etc.). We ended up having a blast, met many couples who share the same struggles, and got to hash through things that we never have the time to deal with. It was really nice meeting other couples, some that are objectively famous in the photography world, who seemed like clones of us. We all apparently drive each other nuts in similar ways. It was very Christianity-centric, so it was nice to have some focus on that too. Honestly, it felt the most like “Church” should feel like in my mind than I have felt in forever.

Barkley Dam

Last Saturday (April 25th), Ben Cantrell and I headed down to Barkley Dam in Kentucky to, hopefully, pick up a new lifer each – skipjack herring. Ben is solely responsible for starting a new obsession with Microfishing – fishing for the tiniest fish, instead of hunting trophies. He documented this trip too, along with Sunday at Carlyle. I spent Sunday planting flowers with my daughter. :)

Barkley was pretty high, the accessible ramp was flooded up pretty high, so I started casting directly into the ramp! The ramp was full of white bass. Ben ended up catching the biggest white I’ve ever seen.

White Bass - Morone chrysops - 2015 Species #16
White Bass – Morone chrysops – 2015 Species #16

A family started running sabiki-style rigs, and I ended up tying 3 jigs (1-1/8th, 2-1/16th) with randomly colored jigs on them. Started catching fair amounts of skipjack. I had two on at once, but broke the line (don’t use 4# mono for multiple fish with a habit of jumping and thrashing). Still managed to get the top one in.

Skipjack Herring - Alosa chrysochloris - Angling Species #21 / 2015 Species #17
Skipjack Herring – Alosa chrysochloris – Angling Species #21 / 2015 Species #17

The one I broke off looked bigger, but that may just be the mind of a fisherman. Since I’ve started this goal of catching 50, I can’t focus too long on one species. So afterwards, I started trying to float waxworms for goldeye. Never got a hit. Eventually, we decided to start microfishing several creeks. Around sunset, we hit Barkley one last time, and Ben caught a massive Silver Carp.

Cumberland and Tennessee Feeder Creeks

So, the thing about microfishing is that it opens up bodies of water that you would never even notice. I found out several things about it.

  1. It’s really hard to bait a hook so small I can barely see it.
  2. It takes a lot of focus to pick your target and get it to bite.
  3. I don’t know what any of the fish are that aren’t huge. The Peterson Field Guide is a requirement.
  4. You quickly learn latin names, at least the genus.
  5. I love microfishing :)
Creek Chub - Semotilus atromaculatus - Angling Species #22 / 2015 Species #18 (First Micro Species)
Creek Chub – Semotilus atromaculatus – Angling Species #22 / 2015 Species #18 (First Micro Species)

The above Creek Chub was the first to pick up, and I learned you have to “pop” the fish out of the water instead of “lifting” them. It’s not as easy to set a hook on a fish measured in grams as you would think. The tiny green sunfish from above made an appearance next.

Next up, we had a blast catching Fringed Darters. There were slabrock darters in the stream too, but we didn’t catch any. They may have been the smaller ones we were seeing, but we were catching the massive two-inchers.

Fringed Darter - Etheostoma crossopterum - Angling Species #23 / 2015 Species #19
Fringed Darter – Etheostoma crossopterum – Angling Species #23 / 2015 Species #19

We moved spots after this to try for a neighboring darter species. I started at this creek by trying to catch stonerollers, but they were uninterested. A Blackspotted Topminnow was though!

Blackspotted Topminnow - Fundulus olivaceous - Angling Species #24 / 2015 Species #20
Blackspotted Topminnow – Fundulus olivaceous – Angling Species #24 / 2015 Species #20

Guardian darters are “egg-mimics,” the males have protrusions that look like eggs. Presumably, while they are under a rock, it appears that they already have a next, which appeals to the females.

Guardian Darter – Etheostoma oophylax – Angling Species #25 / 2015 Species #21



Sunday Ben hit Carlyle and nailed several species I still need for this year, but I spent the day outside with my Daughter. We went to Bucheit’s and picked out flowers for her raised bed and pots. Planted them, along with some vegetables – Jalapeño peppers, Cucumbers, Zucchini, Summer Squash, and Bush Beans. Already have Lettuce, Spinach, Radishes, Brussels Sprouts, Broccoli, and Cauliflower in the ground. Just need to plant potatoes before my trip!

New Species – Spotted Bass

Went fishing at a secret spot farm pond with Jesse Brinkley. We caught a huge mess of 3lb. Largemouths (in all seriousness – in the 50-60 range), but also caught a random spotted bass – very unusual for a pond. It had the tongue patch, bridged dorsal fins, typical spot pattern, and the mouth didn’t extend back past the eye, so I’m fairly confident in it’s identification. Maybe recent flooding got it in there, or stocking?

Spotted Bass - Micropterus punctulatus - Angling Species #18 / 2015 Species #11
Spotted Bass – Micropterus punctulatus – Angling Species #18 / 2015 Species #11

On an unrelated note, plums are blooming out, and the rest of the prunus don’t look like they will be too far behind. As soon as it stops raining, I need to go double dig and get things planted!

Daughter’s First Fish

This past Sunday I headed up to Shelbyville spillway to try to add some species to my 50 fish challenge. Overall, I didn’t see many fish come out of the water. Ben Cantrell came down, and managed to pull out a Common Carp. Earlier that morning I had a musky hit a double-bladed chartreuse spinnerbait so hard that it flew out of the water, but even with a trailer hook it didn’t get hooked. Otherwise, I saw a couple smallish walleye and a buffalo get caught. I started right at the gates at sunrise, and worked my way down past the bridge. Skunked for the first time this year.

However, I took my daughter down to Catfish Pond in Centralia Foundation Park and we hooked her first fish together. We missed the first few, as I was trying to teach her how to set the hooks. She ended up being the designated bobber watcher, and told me when it went under. I set the hook for her, and she reeled it in. I ran some more line out and let her reel it in one more time. She threw it back in by herself, but she drew the line at giving it a kiss. I’ll count this one as a catch for both of us :)

Bluegill – Lepomis macrochirus – 2015 Species #10 – Annabelle’s FIRST FISH!


Quick Trip to Newton CIPS.

So, I had some time one Saturday morning, and decided to head up to Newton to fish. I dropped in the local bait shop, which had a great selection – Rauch’s. Don’t go there by Google Maps, I’ve submitted a map correction for it but I wasted fishing time driving to a cow pasture.

Rauch's and Yellow = Places  I fished on this trip.
Rauch’s and Yellow = Places I fished on this trip.

I headed up to the North end, parked at the state’s parking lot and set off towards the bank. You might notice if you go up there, it’s all been washed out. The trails are gone, and it took some climbing to get down to fish. But a couple 1/2oz dark brown finess jig casts later and I had a new fish on the line.

Largemouth Bass - Micropterus salmoides - Angling Species #15 / 2015 Species #8
Largemouth Bass – Micropterus salmoides – Angling Species #17 / 2015 Species #8

That’s right. I’ve done a fair amount of fishing, but I’ve pretty much only went after Catfish, Walleye, and Sunfish on purpose, and just haven’t had much bycatch (that I can remember). I’ve just never been a bass fisherman. So this is my #1 First Largemouth Bass. I caught a whole lot of them that day. It was in the 20s, and I had ice in my beard, but I caught fish. So that’s good. I rigged up some crawlers for panfish and threw up into some necks. Newton is NOT a panfish fishery, buy any stretch of the imagination, but there are some there. I’m glad I did because I caught a new species doing it. The neck was just full of these little longears. They were really small, and had very light coloration.

Longear Sunfish - Lepomis megalotis - Angling Species #18 / 2015 Species #9
Longear Sunfish – Lepomis megalotis – Angling Species #18 / 2015 Species #9

It was still a little slow, so I thought I would try my hand at catfish. I feel like, although my dad is the Guru of Catfish, I have a pretty good handle on a few sure-fire ways to catch them. So I went down to the dam, tied up a carolina rig with 2 oz. worth of a snagless sinker (slinky-type) and threw as hard as I could. The sinker actually landed behind me in the road. I had been protected from the wind from the trees before…but now it was impossibly strong. I put on 4 oz, which was the most I could throw on that rod, and it landed in front of me this time…but only by a few yards. If I had it all to do over again. I would have taken a BB Gun and used balloon rigs to float it out from one of the points north of the dam.

Fishing in Hawaii, and 50 Shades of Fish

A few short weeks ago, I went fishing on vacation to Oahu. My Father-in-Law and I booked a charter on the North Shore with Chupu. Captain Jared Dow took us out and we were treated with this beautiful sunrise. To sidetrack for a minute, I had been thinking earlier in the year about doing a “Species Challenge” for the year, and setting myself a goal of X number of fish to catch. Since this was my first fishing trip of the year, I pulled 50 out of the air for a random goal. There are around 120 some species in Illinois, the greatest majority are in the minnow size range (I’ve never microfished before), so it may prove to be quite the challenge. I’m going to try to complete the challenge without micros, however we’ll see what happens closer to year’s end.


1 - Monday Morning Fishing Charters


2 - First Fish of the Year - Pacific Jack Mackerel
Pacific Jack Mackerel –  Trachurus symmetricus – Angling Species #10 / 2015 Species #1First Fish of the Year! 

It wasn’t long before Jared got us into some bait balls and we started pulling up Pacific Jack Mackerel. We were catching them on home-grown sabiki rigs 3-4 at a time. I hooked a Giant Trevally which put up quite a fight. Once he got the the boat, he had had enough and straightened the hook and swam off. These guys were nice fish for Southern Illinois, but they were pretty small by even bait standards here. We rigged them up by threading a piece of string through their eye tunnel, twisting it and attaching it to the hook. Then, a trailer hook was stuck near the tail for trolling. Wasn’t long until we had our first customer.

Keel-Jawed Needlefish -  Tylosurus acus melanotus - Angling Species #9 / 2015 Species #2
Keel-Jawed Needlefish – Tylosurus acus melanotus – Angling Species #11 / 2015 Species #2

My Father-in-Law and I both got into these Keel-Jawed Needlefish with the Jack Mackerel. They flopped around quite a bit, the guide didn’t really want us unhooking them. I’ve unhooked a coon and coon-dog before, can’t be any worse, right? We started rigging up for the big guns at this point. We really started seeing whales. They were humpbacks. I don’t mean we saw a whale here and a whale over there, there we everywhere. They would come up surprisingly close to the boat and check us out. Every once in a while they’d start breaching in waves. It’s really something to see so many tons of animal launch themselves out of the water like that. We got into some tuna then, and they were MONSTERS.

4 - 3 - Mackeral Tuna
Mackeral Tuna – Euthynnus affinis – Angling Species #12 / 2015 Species #3

You may notice I have a fighting-belt on here. Didn’t really end up needing it for these guys. We caught a fair mess of these guys, and they were DELICIOUS. They also ended up being bait for our southern-Oahu explorations. The weather started calming down and sea legs were working a little better. Then we caught two back to back Mahi. I have been waiting to catch a Mahi forever, don’t really know what my obsession was with them. For whatever reason, they just don’t bite up in Southern Illinois!

Mahi Mahi - Coryphaena hippurus - Angling Species #11 / 2015 Species #4
Mahi Mahi – Coryphaena hippurus – Angling Species #13 / 2015 Species #4
Our Catch
Our Catch

We ended up giving the Bull Mahi and the Jack Mackerel, as well as half the tuna to the captain. We took the rest of the fish home on a 3 hour bus ride where two rednecks tried to figure out how public transportation works in Hawaii. We may or may not have been held up by shaved ice and cheeseburgers… which are a mystery to me. I would probably be considered by most of my friends and family to be just a little obsessed with cheeseburgers and fries. Two of the best cheeseburgers in my life came out of this trip. One was from a little restaurant on the North Shore, which I cannot successfully Google for some reason, and the other came out of Delux Burger – Terminal 4 at Phoenix “Skyharbor” International Airport. I’m trying to come up with vacation plans that will get me back to Phoenix, because I have a new favorite burger. The shaved ice problem was, that Hawaii is known for is Shaved Ice. Maybe I’m a little prejudiced, but I swear my Dad does it better. Here is Hawaii’s score card from various stops:

  1. -5 Pts. for undertempered ice, -10 Pts. for how can you realistically call that flavor Pineapple WE ARE IN HAWAII.
  2. +10 Pts. for awesome pineapple flavor, -10 Pts. because you shaved it too coarse and the flavor just ran through it.
  3. Ice Was OK, Flavor Was OK, But Now I’m just disillusioned with Shaved Ice. Nothing to write home about.

Anyway, Snow King represent.

So, day 2 rolls around and I start sweet-talking my wonderful wife into walking over to the Sports Authority and browsing. Came back with a 7′ South Bend Trophy Stalker for <$20 bucks. It was medium-heavy, strung it up with 8# mono. Bought some adjust-a-bubbles, curly-tails, jig-heads and a giant chartreuse bucktail which got hung up on the first cast. We were going to try what the locals call whipping.

The first time my Father-in-Law and I tried it we went at night, and caught a fair amount of these guys:

Hawaiian Bigeye - Preacanthus meeki  - Angling Species #12 / 2015 Species #5
Hawaiian Bigeye – Preacanthus meeki – Angling Species #14 / 2015 Species #5

They loved curly tails. Especially the Glow-in-the-dark 3″ walleye variety that I borrowed from my daughter’s “Fishie” collection. I replaced them when I got home, you won’t see her without them too much. You just about couldn’t catch anything else at night where we were at, since they are pretty much designed for night-time predation. The camera flash washes out most of their red coloration.

Ko’olina – The Red represents where we saw a lot of fish, yellow where we actually did much catching – There was a seam in the water here. It was much warmer in the lagoon, and calmer as well. The foam road along a current, and it held fish ready to be caught.
Anna and her fishies.
Anna and her fishies.
8 - 6 - Bluefin Trevally
Bluefin Trevally – Caranx melampygus – Angling Species #15 / 2015 Species #6

Rachel and I went out for some sunset fishing at one point, and caught one baby Bluefin Trevally before the bigeyes took over. Our vacation was really getting in the way of fishing! Finally we had one last night to make it happen. We had to leave our room, but our flight wasn’t leaving till around 11PM. High tide was peaking around Sunset, so I ran out, whipped out a white curly tail a few times and caught the final fish of my trip – a bluespotted cornetfish. I didn’t even know that these existed. My Father-in-Law also caught a small, very pokie fish. When we got to the resort, one of the workers there wanted to see what we caught. He had several things to say about the pokie one, mostly involving not touching them. He said that the ancient Hawaiians loved to catch cornetfish in lagoons and that they and the Hawaiian big-eyes are very delicious. I managed to slide into the hot tub beside my wife just before sunset, and if she noticed that I smelled like fish she didn’t say anything. Did I mention that I love my wife?

Bluespotted Cornetfish - Fistularia commersonii - Angling Species #14 / 2015 Species #7
Bluespotted Cornetfish – Fistularia commersonii – Angling Species #16 / 2015 Species #7