Regional Reports-West

Anini Point

The ultimate Hawaiian shore-fishing challenge is the ulua, or giant trevally-a member of the jack family and one of the hardest-fighting fish in the ocean. While most ulua average around 30 pounds (fish 15 pounds and under are called papio), the all-tackle world record, caught off Maui, tipped the scales at 145 pounds, 8 ounces. The slide-baiting technique, using a 14-foot surf rod along with a 4/0 reel with 80-pound-test line, is an approach honed to a science by Hawaiian anglers. Tie a 250-pound shock leader to a 12-ounce sinker and cast the lead as far as you can. Once the sinker is set, take a three-foot, 250-pound leader tied to a 6/0 hook baited with a two-pound octopus and clip it on to the main line and slide it down to the lead. Then it's time to catch some sun and wait for the take. Once an ulua strikes, give it a three count to swallow the bait, set the hook two or three times and hold on! While ulua are found along most rocky shorelines and reefs around Hawaii, one of the best locations on Kauai is the Anini Point area. Also try the Big Island along the shoreline between Kailua and Keauhou. Contact: Hawaii Division of Aquatic Resources (1151 Punchbowl St., Room 330, Honolulu, HI 96813; 808-587-0100).