Leitzingers Have A Two Blue Marlin Day

Joe and sister Megan Leitzinger were in Kona along with other family members on October 30. Last time I saw Joe was about 15 years ago when I was invited to ride along on their 86 foot vessel , the “Felina” from Newport to Cabo San Lucas. We had a lot of catching up to do while we were catching a Blue or two. We didn’t have to wait long after our 7AM departure from Honokohau Harbor. Megan was first in the chair and brought in a spunky 150 lb Blue Marlin. The group were taking turns on who jumps in the fighting chair about every thirty minutes. Two or three hours later Megan was up again when we hooked up but she was kind enough to pass the rod over to brother Joe and let him do the angling on another marlin about the same size. Both marlin were tagged and released successfully and swam away healthy and stealthy. Towards the end of the day we put some lighter tackle out around one of our FADS (fish aggregation devices) that are attached to the bottom in thousands of feet of water. The fads are deployed through out the Hawaiian islands by NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) just for that reason , to attract fish. Several small Skipjack Tuna and small Yellowfins were caught and released by the gang while Megan , again the luckiest angler of the day , caught the biggest Yellowfin which was large enough to keep for Sashimi. ¬†Deckhand Dave filleted it and bagged it for them at the end of the day. It was great seeing you Leitzingers again !