There are many kinds of fish that folks in Hawaii
fish for from the shoreline. What follows is a list of the more
commonly caught fish along with with general methods for fishing for them
and the types of hooks used. Fish are listed alphabetically by their
Hawaiian names and referenced to common English and Latin names ( see
links to www.fishbase.org for each
species for more information).
Broadly speaking, there are three approaches
to shoreline fishing: dunking, floater fishing and whipping.
involves either a short or long pole with the line attached to the end of the
pole or a spinning rod and reel. On the other end of the line is a baited hook and above the
hook a small weight such as a split shot; another option is a
three-way swivel with one line going to a sinker and the other to the hook
and bait. Floater fishing
involves a spinning rod and reel. A baited hook
with/without a weight above it and a floater above the hook and
weight are cast out from shore. The distance from the floater to the
hook is less than the water depth. Whipping uses similar rods
and reels to floater fishing (although the rod may be much longer).
A hook with bait or lure with a floater or slowly sinking weight is cast
out and either rapidly or slowly retrieved.
There are excellent books which describe these fishing techniques
in much more detail and are available from S. Tokunaga Store, Inc. Please
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