Florida Road Trip 2013

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Florida Road Trip 2013

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Re: Florida Road Trip 2013

Post by swallowtail » Thu Jan 09, 2014 8:14 pm

Sounds good fun.. Thanks for sharing. Happy New Year!

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Post by Ken » Fri Jan 10, 2014 4:44 pm

Thanks for reading, and Happy New Year to you too!

Can't wait to do a similar adventure in Hawaii next time I visit my family. :D

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Re: Florida Road Trip 2013

Post by MASTAHBAITAH » Fri Jan 10, 2014 10:48 pm

Nice! Did you catch that parrot fish on rod and reel?

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Re: Florida Road Trip 2013

Post by Ken » Sat Jan 11, 2014 3:28 am

Yeah, I caught that uhu on rod and reel. In fact, I caught 3 species of uhu on the trip (Redtail Parrotfish, Blue Parrotfish and Redband Parrotfish). They bit on sabiki tipped with squid. My friend caught 2 addition species of uhu (Striped Parrotfish and Stoplight Parrotfish) doing the same too.

Some species of uhu will not bite though.

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Re: Florida Road Trip 2013

Post by deepkona » Sat Jan 11, 2014 6:06 am

Ken,
On the Uhu that "will not bite"......no secret here but try using limu or crab bait(a'ama/black crab).
Panu'uhu love the crab...!!!
Good Luck there...!!!

Mahalos,

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Re: Florida Road Trip 2013

Post by Ken » Sat Jan 11, 2014 7:57 am

Mahalo deepkona! Will try with limu or a'ama crab next time. I think the a'ama crabs are the ones I often see crawling the lava rocks? They are small, kind of round shell, dark colour with red legs sometimes. The biggest ones I saw had carapace that were probably golf ball size. I google search for a picture and I think that's what they are.

How would you hook the crab for uhu? I was thinking hook enters the joint on the swimmer leg and out the joint on the leg next to the swimmer...our in one swimming and out the other so the hook shank is just under the flap? Is it better to fish them whole and live? Or should I take off the carapace and fish half a crab?

Do other fish eats a'ama crabs too? I would assume if I take the carapace off and fish half the crab, the hinalea and mamo would pick the meat clean.

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Re: Florida Road Trip 2013

Post by deepkona » Sun Jan 12, 2014 4:37 am

Howzit Ken,
If you fish the shoreline a lot, during a rising tide or high tide, you will see Uhu coming next to the shoreline to access the limu that the high water allows them to get to and eat.
The A'ama crabs, we usually catch them at night, no moon is best. Use a strong headlight to spot them, keep the light on them so they stay put, cover the crab with your hand(quickly) and press down so they don't crawl away, put your thumb underneath and bag-em.
We like to take the back shell off, large ones we break in half, hook through the body so legs dangle down and float them out there. A medium sized but stout (Mustad) straight shank hook works good.
Hang on because the larger Uhu put up a great fight. At least 15 lb. test to 25 lb. is what we use with a tight drag. They like to go into rocks when hooked and it is your job not to allow that to happen.

Good luck......Mahalos,

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Re: Florida Road Trip 2013

Post by Ken » Mon Jan 13, 2014 6:22 am

Mahalo deepkona! Hope to put it to good use on my next trip. Next trip I'm going to rent a car and fish a lot! :D

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