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Surf Fishing Oahu?

post #1 of 16
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I have to go for biz. I have never been before. I'm gonna pack my telescopic surf rod and head to the 1st tackle shop I see but I was wondering if anybody has any experience in that part of the world's shores.
Thanks
post #2 of 16
There is a nice tackle shop in Kailua that knows a bit about surf casting, not allowed to post a link but am I allowed to post a name? Anyway they have been really good to me and have some cheap and quite good stuff would be well worth talking to them about it. Have fun getting spooled by GTs etc just make sure you have some reef shoes
post #3 of 16
Where on oahu? Area around wakiki is pretty much fished out, but if you can get up the north shore or west side you might be able to bend a rod.
post #4 of 16
Eee, I think I know that shop, and he was closed for the entire week that I was in the Big Island two years ago ... anyway, the OP's going to Oahu, not Hawai'i. (His loss).
post #5 of 16
If in Hawaii just get some fins and a snorkle and enjoy the scenery!!!
post #6 of 16
and a surf board although it might be too late for winter swell there now..?
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post #8 of 16
DaveG,
Shoreline fishing around Oahu is very tough. The waters are overfished, and not many people practice conservation. I do know someone who might be able to guide you into some trevally if you're interested.
post #9 of 16
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If in Hawaii just get some fins and a snorkle and enjoy the scenery!!!


I did that in Maui and a baracuda came over to check me out one day!
post #10 of 16
If you want to have some fun on Oahu, I would bring a light outfit. A 6-9 foot rod that rated anywhere from 1/4 to 1 1/2 oz or so and a 4000 shimano sized reel loaded with 8-10lb mono or 20lb - 30lb braid. This will give you a lot more action as you can target various reef fish (goatfish-weke, wrass - hinalea), trevally (papio), and barracuda (kaku).

Some of the type of lures that you would be using would be small kastmasters 1/4 to 3/4 oz, small yozuri or rapalas in the 3-4 inch size, or swim shads in the 3 inch size. You probably get the best action using a 3/4 oz egg sinker to a swivel and a 4 - 6 foot flurocarbon leader, small hook, and two inch curly tail grubs.

For terminal tackle, buy everything down here. Although you can get fish tackle from the Walmart or Sports Authority, I would visit one of the local tackle shops as they can better help you with buying the right tackle. If you are staying in Waikiki area, I would recommend McCully Bicycle or Brian's Fishing supply. Both are about 15 minutes from your hotel.

Look for rocky/reef areas as they will hold the reef fish. Cast the edges or past the breakers for trevally and barracuda. Best time would be early morning or evening and during tide changes.

Do a search in google: ulua fishing forum. This site will give you more info on what kind of tackle is used, what type of fishing tactics to use, and where to go.

I also just want to point out to that in Waikiki there are restricted areas where fishing is not allowed.

Hope that helps.
post #11 of 16
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Originally Posted by caranxm View Post
DaveG,
Shoreline fishing around Oahu is very tough. The waters are overfished, and not many people practice conservation. I do know someone who might be able to guide you into some trevally if you're interested.


caranxm,
I might be interested in trevally. A shop owner here on the mainland suggested wading out into the surf. I'm going to the north/northwest portion of Oahu.
post #12 of 16
beautiful place
post #13 of 16
Imnop02 was dead on with his advice. I'd just add that if you are not dead set on using plugs, you might enjoy trying the local style of cliffline fishing for bigger fish using larger bait (like whole octopus or goatfish), if you can get the rig together. If you look up "slide bait fishing" on google, you can get all the information you need to get set up properly. I've caught some big Ulua (giant trevally) that way when I was younger - though you will need a sliding gaff if you are up on the cliffs and need to be darned careful.

You can hook into juviniles (Papio) with light spin tackle in the surfline, and they are plenty of fun, but I've seen the full sized one's pull out double-crimped stainless cable leader and it's like fighting with a grown man when you have a +60 pounder on.
post #14 of 16
this is exaxtly what i would do. i have fished out of the country numerous times and this is great advice.
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Originally Posted by lmnop02 View Post
If you want to have some fun on Oahu, I would bring a light outfit. A 6-9 foot rod that rated anywhere from 1/4 to 1 1/2 oz or so and a 4000 shimano sized reel loaded with 8-10lb mono or 20lb - 30lb braid. This will give you a lot more action as you can target various reef fish (goatfish-weke, wrass - hinalea), trevally (papio), and barracuda (kaku).

Some of the type of lures that you would be using would be small kastmasters 1/4 to 3/4 oz, small yozuri or rapalas in the 3-4 inch size, or swim shads in the 3 inch size. You probably get the best action using a 3/4 oz egg sinker to a swivel and a 4 - 6 foot flurocarbon leader, small hook, and two inch curly tail grubs.

For terminal tackle, buy everything down here. Although you can get fish tackle from the Walmart or Sports Authority, I would visit one of the local tackle shops as they can better help you with buying the right tackle. If you are staying in Waikiki area, I would recommend McCully Bicycle or Brian's Fishing supply. Both are about 15 minutes from your hotel.

Look for rocky/reef areas as they will hold the reef fish. Cast the edges or past the breakers for trevally and barracuda. Best time would be early morning or evening and during tide changes.

Do a search in google: ulua fishing forum. This site will give you more info on what kind of tackle is used, what type of fishing tactics to use, and where to go.

I also just want to point out to that in Waikiki there are restricted areas where fishing is not allowed.

Hope that helps.
post #15 of 16
This is gonna sound like a commericial but I gotta be honest no matter I travel in the world I take three lures..

1. a small 1/8 ounce hopkins for vertical jigging and casting to catch live bait

2. A medium sized 3/4 oz hopkins for finese pluging casting out and swiming around stucture and rock walls piers etc at sun up and sunset

3. a 2.25 ounce hpkins for long distance plugiing ( on this rig I will also use a red gill teasure 4ft up the floro leader )

hasnt failed me once

just get ther at predawn
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