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I should be working
Nov 8, 2002
Hey gang,
Needed to do some work on the computer but as usual had to check out the site and look around. Thought I might post my first picture ever. You can't see my face so the ear to ear grin is not apparent. I got this Ono last year. It was around 30 pounds or so. Not huge but good size for Hawaiian waters. This guy towed me around for a short time then sounded. He actually pulled both of my RA's 15 feet under a couple of times. My dive partner Josh took this photo. I thought it came out pretty good. Gitano will be here in a few days and hopefully, we can help him put a shaft into a few pelagics. Hope everyone else got wet. Swells from two different directions efffectively made my favorite dive spot undiveable. Went pig hunting instead but saw nothing except for a few small turkeys.

I agree with you Hawkeye, some of these fish have that cloaking effect as well as superior wisdom. The first Ono I ever saw came in at the most unopportune time. I had just stoned a nice Kahala (amberjack) and was feeling proud of myself when I looked up and was 20 feet away from a 40 pound Ono. All I could do was smile and swim along with the fish showing him my dinky Kahala. I think he was laughing at us because Josh had fired and missed while I was too busy stalking that stupid Kahala. Other times, they will sneak up on you even though you are constantly scanning in all directions. I scared off more than one Ono when they suddenly appeared next to me causing me to jump, effectively scaring them off. Smart buggers those fish.

Brad :martial


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Nice fish man!

Much props to you & love the dramatic post :hmm
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Nice one , Brad .
My first one was 14kg. ; only had about three seconds to feel proud before I noticed his +/- 25kg. buddy hovering next to me ...:head
Smooth points for da fish and da story, Brad. But the part about showing the dinky...? :mute Nice photo too!

Nice...nice.....Congrats...:p :p .

If u can nail that slim body, a biiger size one should be easier to hit.....just more roller coaster ride I guess.:D

Yum Yum.............

I have yet to see one underwater.
The bigger ones can be easier to hit. Can be. Because of their size, it is often hard to judge distance in the blue with nothing for background/size reference. You are right about the roller coaster ride though. Good fun man. One day you'll get yours. Keep jumping in on those feeding schools of yellowfin and soon enough an Ono will approach.

Brad :martial
Hey Brad,

Is that a course in knot tying gone wrong???

Jeez man, talk about getting tangled up with a fish.

Nice one by the way bro'

Yeah kind of a mess there huh? Most of that tangle is mine but my partner did put another shaft into the fish just in case. For the most part, Ono are spent after one strong run. They tend to blaze on the surface for a good 25-50 yards then they sound for a couple of minutes. I follow the advise of a local legend. He said to pull them up like you were fighting them on 2 pound test and not 400. Baby them up, sometimes only using your finger tips. If they want to run again, let them go. I usually use the finger tip technique until I see that the fish is fighting on it's side. By this time, they are spent and I haul them up fast before any sharks show up. I have never connected with an ahi (tuna) yet but in that case, I would probably try to keep clear of all that line.

Brad :martial
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