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Big Game ~ Deep Sea Fishing Aboard
As quoted by Donnell A. Tate in "Desperado joins
500-pound club"...(July 2002)
Lahaina - The Desperado made it into the 500-pound club
with a 584.4 pound blue marlin by Greg Hayenga. Captain
Dan Shaffer and Co-capt. Ed Akiu were working the "Factory"
are between the LA-Buoy and Kamaiki Point, Lanai, when
Dan spotted something come in on the center rod position.
The fish made a 180-degree turn, making a big boil on
the surface, and missed the lure. Dan came down from the
tower to the bridge and stared right at the lure. He thought
it might have been a hallucination.
The lure was still sitting in the wave where Dan had set
it, so he free-spooled the reel and dropped the lure backward
a few yards. He cranked the lure up to the wave then free-spooled
it backward again. The reel started ripping line from
the loose drag pretty fast.
Dan kept the boat moving forward for about a minute before
they saw the marlin come flying out of the water 100 yards
away in the wake. Ed started clearing the lines.
The marlin tail-walked away from them for 100 yards,
then began grey hounding back and forth across the stern.
Dan handed the rod down to Ed who placed it into one of
the chair rod holders. Once the marlin settled down, Dan
left the bridge and started clearing the rest of the lines.
Ed took over the helm. The boat was still moving forward
as the marlin continued to take line.
The marlin surfaced 4-5 minutes later coming straight
back toward the boat. There was 350 yards of line out
in a big bow. Dan pushed the drag up to about 40
pounds of pressure and got Greg in the chair. Ed slowed
The marlin never sounded but stayed on the surface, jumping
and grey hounding for another ten minutes with heavy drag
on the reel. Finally the marlin burned itself out and
stopped its run. Ed kept the fish straight off the stern
as Greg gained line during the next 30 minutes.
The marlin came up to double line in the prop wash and
dug in under the boat. Dan grabbed the leader and
wrestled with the fish for a couple of minutes as it darted
back and forth across the stern.
Dan had to dump the line. Ed started spinning the boat
in a counter-clockwise circle, getting the marlin off
the port side. Dan could barely see the marlin deep
in the prop wash as he grabbed the leader again. After
a few more switch backs, the marlin turned away from the
boat and came toward the surface. Dan pulled the fish
back to the boat.
When the marlin was 4-5 feet away, Dan took some solid
wraps and held on. The marlin was tired and put up little
resistance. Ed came off the helm and got a good
stick with the fly-gaff. He reached out and grabbed the
bill with his other hand as Dan got a meat hook under
the chin. All that was left was to pull it into the boat.
As quoted by David Finkelstein in
"Maui has Marlin Too"...
Dan Shaffer captains the Desperado, a vintage Bertram 31
which, however anachronistic in today's world of mega-yachts,
nonetheless struck a warmly nostalgic note with me, as it
was identical to a boat I once owned and took across the
Florida Strait to fish (and win) a tournament in Cuba in
the 1970s. Shaffer's other anglers were a young couple from
Cleveland and an accountant from Columbus, Ohio, whose wife
remained on shore. Like me, the two men from Ohio had come
to the islands eager to fish Hawaiian waters and perhaps
even to catch their first marlin, but they were equally
eager that their wives be happy as well. Maui, the in-laws
had told them, not only was the "most laid-back, the
least commercialized" of the Hawaiian Islands, but
also "offered the most to do" as well. So, with
Honolulu dismissed by the menfolk as just another big city,
and Kona by their wives as just one big fishing resort,
they had heeded their in-laws' advice and settled on Maui
as the logical compromise.
Unfortunately, we didn't raise any marlin that day, and,
from what we heard later, with the full moon it was a
slow week everywhere in the islands. According to Shaffer,
who's had triple-headers with stripies and double-headers
with blues, the action off Maui can be as hot as anywhere
in the Hawaiian Islands. Shaffer's biggest fish, incidentally,
was an 898-pound blue caught just a half-hour out of Lahaina
Harbor. Unlike Kona, of course, getting such big fish
so close to home is the exception, not the rule, in Maui.
The best fishing grounds lie off Molokai, and it takes
the better part of an hour to reach them....
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