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Kona Hawaii fishing report: 5/29/99

With summer just around the corner, all of us Kona charter captains are gearing up now for the big Marlin and big Yellowfin tuna that usually accompany this part of the year. They've already started showing up. More big female Marlin are being brought in to the scales and the Yellowfin tuna, although most are running just under the 100 lb. mark are becoming a more frequent catch lately. Last summer we didn't see the usual summer season start here until late in August due to the effects of El Nino. Last year was a strange one for all fisheries around the Pacific. This year the experts are talking about La Nina. Although this is just a prediction, most of the top captains here think the peak of the season will come earlier than normal this year and with the amount of Spearfish, Skipjack, Mahi Mahi and Ono coming in to the docks lately, we're expecting an abundant harvest also. Sorry California, we're taking back our Yellowfin schools. Although I haven't done much bottom fishing lately, reports from the few boats that do bottom fish here report that the bottom bite is still good. Topside or dropping to the bottom, the fishing is good enough that getting "skunked" is a rarity on a full day trip.

See 'ya on the water,
Capt. Jeff Rogers

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