Five Star Fishing Report:
2/10/2014 4:04:26 PM
Well there has been some fishing and catching since the last report to say the least. Jeff has been fishing on a daily basis mostly on the Rogue for steelhead. With low, clear water it was picky fishing with just a few spots producing. Anglers that could make good casts and payed attention got into some really, really good action. Some days as always were better than others but limits were the rule with other fish caught and released. On Saturday Jeff fished a nice couple from Woodland, CA for the first time and they caught five fish, kept four for a limit and the capper is his was 15lbs. and hers was 18lbs. Thats steelhead of a lifetime back to back particularly for the Rogue. Jeff will fish out the week then goes east for his Spring Goose Hunding through March 10th. They have increased the limit to sixteen birds a day. Hope the guys bring enough bullets. We got good news this week that we will again get twelve days for halibut. The schedule is quite different in that it's every other week. Not sure why but the dates are May 8,9,10 / 22/23/24 then June 5,6,7 / 19,20,21. I'm starting to call people from last year today and start booking those trips. Please call and/or get back to me right away so yu can get the dates that work for you. It worked really good last year going from Gold Beach and we will be doing that same program this year. Pricing will be the same at $250 per person. My cell to set up trips is 541-698-7720. Please leave a message if I don't pick up as I'll be working with Jeff on his goose deal and I'll call you back with my calendar. Now for the 'Kona Report'. I spend ten days with my dad and brother the last two weeks working on and fishing with the 'Maya Mahi'. First time in a long, long time I'm embarassed to say the three of us have done something like that together. It was great!!! The boat continues to be even better than we had hoped. Very stabil and easy to fish from and with the nice ocean conditions that are normal for Kone it makes it evern better. This time of year there are Mahi Mahi, Short Billed Sprear Fish (a member of the bill fish family kind of a Wahoo with a dorsal fin half the size for a sail fish and a short bill of a Striped Marlin). Lots of fun on 30/40lb. tackle as they run thirty to fifty pounds and very good eating if you keep them but easy to release too. There's Yellow Fin Tuna ten to twenty pounds with the occasional eighty to 100 pounds that will pull your arms off plus one of the fastest fish in the ocean, Ono/Wahoo. We caught multiples of these in four and a half days of fishing. The high light of the trip was a three day and two night trip where we fished our way south from Kona and anchored for the night in little bays and coves. Trolling during the day for blue water fish - anchored at night for dinner, sleeping and fishing for some of the coolest prettiest rock fish you have ever seen. black w/ blue spots - yellow w/ blue stripes - orange and red fish that look like something our of a fish bowl. It was really something. We also did lots of boat work as we still are getting used to it but have got it dialed in and set up and it's ready to go. A long time customer and friend from the mid seventies is charterting it later this week with the captain we have got acquainted with and a local from Kona to try his luck for whatever. So we are ready to book and take trips for those who are in the mood for a family vacation with some fishing or a full on multi day overnight no holds barred fish trip to get involved with any and all. Depending on the time of year and number of days it would be either Chris, the local captain or ourselves running the boat. There are fish to be caught year round but in talking with the locals April through September offers the most species and consistant fishing. Please call to talk about details, what we have learned about lodging options, costs and general info related to Kona. Next report mid March when were back from goose hunting and back to fishing. Call at 541-678-7720 till then
1/20/2014 1:53:32 PM
Jeff started the steelhead season on the Rogue for 2/3 per day above Agness. Low, clear and cold water made for not so perfect conditions. A while back we got some rain to color and warm the water and it has been much better. A few days on the Sixes but mostly on the Rogue with both power boat an drift boat. A couple of days limts with other chances was the deal. He will stay with this until mid Feb. when his guides goose hunting trips start. We heard some positive news that the Halibut quota was not cust as bad as expected. The season will be set the first of Feb. Sound like nine days +/- (we had twelve last year). We will start contacting everyone after that to put together dates. Now for the Kona, Hawaii info: Karen and I went to Kona the first week in Jan. to spend time on the boat and continue getting it ready to use and charter. It was the first time Karen had seen it in person. She was very happy with it I'm glad to say. It is a 38' Egg Harbor with a 15' beam - sport fisher - flybridge - outriggers - big cabin and cockpit - twin Cat Disels - air conditioning - live bait tank - the full deal meal Blue Water fishing machine. We went oout three days and are very happy on how stabil, quite and easy it is to fish on and very comfortable. Karen got time in the galley setting it us and I spent time in the engine room. Big difference coming from outboards to 425hp Cats but I'm getting quite an education. Our plan is to offer the boat for charter to our existing customers and friends the most of which are the same. Our program will be quite a bit different than the typical Kona charter. This based on what we have learned and how we would want a charter to be. The biggest difference is we will offer light to medium tackle not to say we won't have the big stuff but it will be the customers choice. Want to troll 30/40lb. stand-up gear for 10-50lb. tuna ok or try some bottom fishing for some different looking blue water rock fish you bet. Or do a combo with a jump overboard snorkel at lunch to break it up that will work as well. As many of you know the typical deal is heavy, heavy trolling gear for Marlin and 100lb. plus Tuna, Wahoo and Mahi Mahi's and the boat keeps the fish to sell for themselves. We will have all sizes and types of tackle and if you want to keep the fish to take back to your condo or home to eat (which is what we would do) then yes you can. We will do a 8hr. trip for $850 and a 4hr. trip for $500. This will be for the whole boat with up to parties of 6 passengers. Open charters of mixed people/groups is not something we will do at this point due to it's not condusive to this kind of fishing. One of the best things about fishing out of Kona is the calm water and low to no wind. It sits in the lee of the Big Island and you very seldom if ever have rough water that cancell's your trip. Not like Gold Beach at all. As you all know that have fished with us much in the past know that's a 180 from what were used to. The boat rides to fishing are short as fish are caught a quarter of a mile from the harbor regularly. Longer trips of 15 to 40miles can be done with a overnight multi-day option. Depending on the time of year and when trips are booked Jeff and/or I will run the trip. If that doesn't work we have made friends with several local captains and deck hands that we have spent time with and like very much and will run the boat as we would. There is good weather and fishing all year. There are different times that say Wahoo is best, or Striped Marlin and Spear-fish or trolling the Porpoise schools for Tuna not to mention chunking a night for 50/60lb. Albacore. The snorkling is always world class and some really neat and secluded spots. As you might have figured out we are really excited about this and look forward to spending time there with family, friends and customers. We are starting to get a real good feel for the lay of the land and would look forward to vising with anyone about places and locations to stay, other activities, car rentals and general questions about Kailua Kone on the big island of Hawaii. Please contact us for more info and we will start making the Kona Report along with the Gold Beach Report as part of our WEEKLY FISHING REPORT in the weeks to come.
12/30/2013 10:50:19 AM
We're back to Gold Beach and have had a great Christmas with Corb, Jeff Ronda and the grandkids. Jeff shot his biggest bull to date in Colorado and passed on some bucks waiting for another whopper. I was always in the wrong spot at the right time and never did score on either. We then went to North Dakota with the whole family and again had some incredible experiences with deer, ducks, geese and pheasants. With Wyatt and Maya getting older they went with us alot and that was the best. Maya yelling shoot! - shoot! when the ducks were walking in the decoys was as good as it gets. Jeff starts winter steelhead this week most likely on the Rogue as the little rivers have no water. As many of you know we were working on buying another boat and sending it Kona, Hawaii. That finally did happen so we are going over tow work on getting it ready and finish putting it together to fun charters and be able to use. More details on all of this to follow in weeks to come. Jeff's goose guiding season in February and March is shaping up nicely with moe days and bigger bird limits which is good. He has added new Tanglefree Speck full body decoys to the spread to make for more of that type in the mix. We tried some last year and the birds really work good to them. California will also have a season so he looks forward to that as he has ground to hunt there also. He still has a few dayes open so call hime at 541-698-7721 to set up a hunt. We look forward to hearing and seeing everyone this coming season and wish you all a Happy New Year.