How to Catch Palani

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MattyGfishing
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How to Catch Palani

Post by MattyGfishing » Thu Oct 03, 2013 7:20 pm

I'm am having trouble catching palani. They are everywhere but most of the time they just nibble at a bait until there is nothing but a hook left. I've tried using tiny hooks and small pieces of bait but they straighten out the small hooks and if the bait is small they just avoid it. Any ideas?

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Re: How to Catch Palani

Post by f8ldzz » Fri Oct 04, 2013 12:21 am

What kind hooks?
If you're using limericks, the small ones are not too strong.
Try using the smallest Mustand Tarpon hooks you can find?
Even WalMart carries these...

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Re: How to Catch Palani

Post by kona-ulua-style » Fri Oct 04, 2013 9:04 am

Catching Palani's and Nenue's, pretty much the same methods and styles of fishing for them... Just be aware places, often fish by other fisherman, the Palani and nenues get smarter and wiser, often times the fisherman has to use smaller lines and hooks, and end up losing more fishes..

We like to ball the bread to the hooks, leaving a feather like pieces to attract the Palani/Nenues.

We also found, the clear plastic floaters- that can be fill with water, seems to work better here, than the white and orange color wooden floaters..

Often times the fish is too scare to bite, we just toss out lines with no floaters at all, just "free basing the bait out:, note a small swivel is use between the main line and leader lines...

Best to "palu heavy" to get the Palani/Nenue into a frenzy mode... One can mackerel, 6 pieces of bread, one scoop sand,mix...

Another method that works very well. is tossing out a half akule/opelu, style...
This requires, a mustad 14 hook, three smaller lines tie to the eyes of the mustad hooks, 2-5 inches long, and prefer using a heavier fishing rod and reel. The smaller lines,we like to use 15-20 fluorocarbon lines,10,9, or 8 ah hooks, because we carry O'Doul hooks of the same size, this works too...

Hook the half akule,(palu first), toss out and slow retrieving, reason for a heavier outfit, in case a ulua bite...The smaller hooks is usually baited with Ika, or cut strip of the akule/opelus...

It takes time to make this set-up, but worth the effort...because this works very well here...many times the Palani's/Nenues go into a fenzy attacking the akule/opelu, often ending up biting the smaller hooks...and "hang-on"

Aloha, Your brain just has to out think the fish brain...often times the fish wins too...and if the fish always wins...his brain is bigger and smarter then us...

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Re: How to Catch Palani

Post by kona-ulua-style » Fri Oct 04, 2013 9:48 am

Over 240 moons ago,( 20years ago), My partner and I where fishing at Moiliili high cliffs. He slid down a whole tako, using a Penn 4/0 reel with 80lb test line, and ended up catching a Palani on a Mustad 16/0 hook...noon time bite...

It kept ringing and ringing the bell, yet no drag was pull. He had to break the lead line, but still could feel the fish was on..

After dragging the the Palani up the cliff... we found it hook under the belly side , hanging upside down...Lol

It in pale it self on the 16/0 mustad hook...we laugh and laugh at this...and was total surprise by this catch...lol

It weight almost 5 lbs , it was a big bugga...this Palani...

Aloha,

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