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     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.  Dunking 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 see Books & DVD videos for these items.

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S. Tokunaga Store, Inc.
26 Hoku Street 
Hilo, HI 96720
Phone number: ( 808) 935-6965 
Fax number: (808) 935-5161
E-mail address: tokunaga@hialoha.net
ama'ama - Mugil cephalus - mullet

Fishing Style: Dunking, Floater
Line Strength: 6 - 10 lb
Hook Type, Size Range: AH, MZ 8 -10

 

Aholehole - Kuhlia sandvicensis - Hawaiian Flagtail

Fishing Style: Dunking, Floater
Line Strength: 4 - 10 lb
Hook Type, Size Range: AH, MZ 8 - 12

 

Akule - Selar crumenophthalmus - Bigeye scad

Fishing Style: Floater
Line Strength: 6 - 10 lb
Hook Type, Size Range: AH, MZ 5 - 6

 

Aweoweo - Priacanthus meeki - Hawaiian Bigeye

Fishing Style: Whipping
Line Strength: 6 - 10
Hook Type, Size Range: AH, MZ 4 - 8

 

Mamo - Abudefduf abdominalis - Green damselfish

Fishing Style: Floater
Line Strength: 4 - 8
Hook Type, Size Range: AH, MZ 12 - 14

 

Moano - Parupeneus multifasciatus - Manybar goatfish

Fishing Style: Floating, Whipping
Line Strength: 8 - 12
Hook Type, Size Range: AH, MZ 6 - 8

 

Moi - Polydactylus sexfilis  - Threadfin shad

Fishing Style: Dunking, Whipping
Line Strength: 8 - 15 lb
Hook Type, Size Range: BKN 14 - 18; AH 3 - 6

 

Nenue - Kyphosus bigibbus - Grey sea chub

Fishing Style: Floater
Line Strength: 10 - 15 lb
Hook Type, Size Range: AH, MZ, M7766 8-12

 

O'io - Albula vulpes  - Bonefish

Fishing Style: Dunking, Whipping
Line Strength: 10 - 20 lbs
Hook Type, Size Range: BKN 14 - 22

 

Pualu - Acanthurus xanthopterus - Yellowfin surgeonfish

Fishing Style: Dunking, Floating
Line Strength: 8 - 12 lb
Hook Type, Size Range: AH, MZ 12 - 14

 

Papio (Caranx sp. less than 10 lb) (reference to Omilu...)

Fishing Style: Dunking, Whipping
Line Strength: 6 - 14 lb
Hook Type, Size Range: Whip AH 6-15; Dunk BKN 16

 

Ta'ape - Lutjanus kasmira - Common bluestripe snapper

Fishing Style: Dunk, Floating
Line Strength: 4 - 8 lb
Hook Type, Size Range: AH, MZ 4 - 8

 

U'u (menpachi) - Myripristus berndti - Blotcheye soldierfish

Fishing Style: Floating, Whipping
Line Strength: 6 - 10 lb
Hook Type, Size Range: AH 4 - 8

 

Weke - Mulloidychthus flavolineatus - Yellowstripe goatfish

Fishing Style: Dunking, Floating
Line Strength: 4 - 6 lb
Hook Type, Size Range: AH, MZ 8 - 12

 

 
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