to the hawaii angler summertime means one thing. papio (trevally) fishing. papio is the hawaiian name for any trevally
under ten pounds. fish that are over ten
pounds are called ulua. in hawaii papio and ulua
are the number one target species bar none.
these fish are hooked with flies, lures, and bait, netted, and speared
by local fishermen. though present year
round, there tends to be more of them around in the summer months and
especially when the oama or juvenile goatfish show up.
number one target of most anglers here (and a favorite food fish for many) the
trevally here are not like trevally that youíll find anywhere else in the
world. they are much harder to catch
than those found in other locations.
they donít seem to have that same reckless abandon that they display in
other less pressured fisheries. it is
almost like that mean streak that trevally are famous for has been dulled by
years of being hunted by fishermen and their coolers. they are the hawaiian version of
trevally. a bit more reserved and not
quite as abundant. still they are the
same species so the right place at the right time and you can run into some
crazy fishing fun. the two most common
papio species here in the islands are the giant trevally or white papio and the
bluefin trevally or omilu. other less
common varieties include the yellow spot, big eye, barred jack, golden
trevally, and kagami (threadfin jack).
indicate that there have been good numbers of trevally around the island (good
standards). last week i had the
opportunity to experience some of the summer papio fun. on friday i fished my sage 691-4 one
and abel classic and ran
into a few little whiteys. nothing big,
a quarter to a half pound at most. still
these fish are scrappy and the six weight was the perfect rod for these young
trevally. it was also a nice change from
the usual bonefish grind. sometimes you
(or at least i) need a little change of pace.
sunday doug, craig, and i went out to catch papio and barracuda using spinning
gear. iím not that into spin fishing
these days but have done it since i was a kid growing up here in hawaii. every once in a while it is fun to take a
break from fly fishing and spend a day reliving your youth with friends.
were definitely around on sunday. we all
caught numerous fish using light spinning gear and assorted lures. we horsed around (as usual) and teased each
other about the lures we were using. an
absolute play around good fun day on the water... just as fishing should always
itís june, itís (unofficially) summer, thereís
papio out there, itís time to fish. iíll
see you on the water.