Fishing for ulua at South Point

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Fishing for ulua at South Point

Postby Bill McIntyre » December 6th, 2014, 8:46 am

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/07/trave ... egion&_r=0

This is about rod and reel fishing, but of course South Point is a great place for spear fishermen. I dove there just once, 50 years ago, but I'll always remember how spectacular it was.
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Re: Fishing for ulna at South Point

Postby NaClAddict » December 6th, 2014, 11:34 am

Due to a misspelling in the thread title I thought this was going to be a body recovery story. Thank God it wasn't.
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Re: Fishing for ulna at South Point

Postby Bill McIntyre » December 6th, 2014, 11:47 am

Oh hell, sorry for the typo.
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Re: Fishing for ulua at South Point

Postby chris oak » December 6th, 2014, 1:38 pm

I thoroughly enjoyed that article, thanks for linking it Bill. Amazing that those guys can land a giant fish like that off the shore on hook and line. Ulua are one of those things that look fake, they are so big because of their flat bodies that a hundred pounder looks like its 300. I saw some big ones at the waikiki aquarium when I was there the last time and I bet they were only 40 lbers but they looked massive.
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Re: Fishing for ulua at South Point

Postby Bill McIntyre » December 6th, 2014, 2:02 pm

Chris, as the article said, they even catch marlin and tuna from the cliff at South Point. The bottom drops off very fast.

Here is a small ulua from the early 60s. I can't seem to find the photos of my hundred pounders. :)
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Re: Fishing for ulua at South Point

Postby LandAndSeaKahuna » December 6th, 2014, 9:52 pm

Bill McIntyre wrote:Chris, as the article said, they even catch marlin and tuna from the cliff at South Point. The bottom drops off very fast.

Here is a small ulua from the early 60s. I can't seem to find the photos of my hundred pounders. :)


I always look forward to your pictures from way before I was born.
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Re: Fishing for ulua at South Point

Postby riley's hump » December 8th, 2014, 9:14 pm

Thanks Bill really enjoyed article. Having a NW swell building today west side of BI and can attest to power of even small Pacific swells on the rough lava shore. Just arrived BI for part of year and plan dive South Point wednesday swells allowing. Ocean always demands respect and South Point for sure.
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Re: Fishing for ulua at South Point

Postby dam » December 9th, 2014, 10:12 pm

Great, we're gonna have to censor this spot now, too? At the risk of sounding elitist, does anyone feel a little sense of pride in knowing that spearos actually dive in this crazy place?
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Re: Fishing for ulua at South Point

Postby Oscar » December 10th, 2014, 4:12 pm

Is ths the same spot Sasha shore dives for Tuna, Hoo, etc? Must be an awesome place to spearfish.
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Re: Fishing for ulua at South Point

Postby Oscar » December 10th, 2014, 4:14 pm

Bill McIntyre wrote:Here is a small ulua from the early 60s. I can't seem to find the photos of my hundred pounders. :)


Damn Bill - who is the rugged good looking young man in the photo :rofl:
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Re: Fishing for ulua at South Point

Postby VangysWay » December 10th, 2014, 4:28 pm

I always look forward to your pictures from way before I was born.


Couldn't agree more, thanks for sharing Bill
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Re: Fishing for ulua at South Point

Postby Bill McIntyre » December 10th, 2014, 8:02 pm

Oscar wrote:
Bill McIntyre wrote:Here is a small ulua from the early 60s. I can't seem to find the photos of my hundred pounders. :)


Damn Bill - who is the rugged good looking young man in the photo :rofl:


I forget who that was.
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Re: Fishing for ulua at South Point

Postby dam » December 10th, 2014, 8:54 pm

Bill McIntyre wrote:
Oscar wrote:
Bill McIntyre wrote:Here is a small ulua from the early 60s. I can't seem to find the photos of my hundred pounders. :)


Damn Bill - who is the rugged good looking young man in the photo :rofl:


I forget who that was.

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Re: Fishing for ulua at South Point

Postby coreyf » December 26th, 2014, 4:05 pm

It's not an ulua, but I caught this double from the rocks at souh point. My buddy lives in the small town next to south point -- Ka'u. He's caught yft up to 60 lbs. I know billfish have been taken there and all sorts of other
Pelagics.

We deployed an inflated trash bag and use it the same way a kite is used in offshore fishing. The offshore winds take your trash bag and bait out past the drop off. The bait splashes on the surface and u wait.

Here's the proof. Yellowfin and rainbow runner from shore.
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Re: Fishing for ulua at South Point

Postby Alex Ray » December 26th, 2014, 5:37 pm

Whoa, that's pretty cool Corey! South Point is a magical place.
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Re: Fishing for ulua at South Point

Postby John Hughes » December 27th, 2014, 5:37 am

coreyf wrote:It's not an ulua, but I caught this double from the rocks at souh point. My buddy lives in the small town next to south point -- Ka'u. He's caught yft up to 60 lbs. I know billfish have been taken there and all sorts of other
Pelagics.

We deployed an inflated trash bag and use it the same way a kite is used in offshore fishing. The offshore winds take your trash bag and bait out past the drop off. The bait splashes on the surface and u wait.

Here's the proof. Yellowfin and rainbow runner from shore.


trash bag balloon. Now that's getting it done!
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Re: Fishing for ulua at South Point

Postby GavinTexas » April 7th, 2015, 6:50 pm

Cool article. Been down there a few times and we'd jump off some of the cliffs if there weren't people fishing nearby and the swells were down. Without fail someone would always come up and let us know they'd seen a tiger cruising around earlier that day
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Re: Fishing for ulua at South Point

Postby Trsilkey » April 13th, 2015, 1:21 pm

They are most likely lying about the Tigers haha. I see a lot of galapagos and silkys out there when we chum. It is crazy to swim out a couple hundred yards and be in blue water. Lots of mahi and rainbow runner, and I have seen some smaller tuna.
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Re: Fishing for ulua at South Point

Postby Freeryde » May 15th, 2015, 6:16 am

As a kid in North Carolina we used the bag method to get baits out from the piers hoping for sharks and Cobia. The problem was the wind was frequently not blowing the right direction to bag out. We would the draw straws to see who would paddle the bait out offshore of the pier in the dark on a surfboard. Many times I was the only one who would do it. Once when paddling out a bloody runs head tucked under my chin in the middle of the night I got a bump on the bottom of the board. I dropped the bait even though I was not as far out as normal. Before I even made it back to the pier I could hear the big 9/0 reel screaming. It was a 10' sand tiger
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