When we arrived, the water was a little disappointing, with temperatures lower than expected and the water missing the clarity and color favored by our target species. We spent the morning out wide in 1,500 feet, with the current pushing hard to the south following the coast, so we figured the water we had expected to find had probably moved with the current. Three hours later, following the current push in about 1,200 feet, we found the blue water and a rising sea temperature that had passed 70 degrees. Then our Bonze Bruiser lure on the left long rigger was attacked by what looked to be a good-size spearfish. On its third attempt, the light-wire hook found the fish’s lower jaw, and the reel screamed on the first run. In typical spearfish style, it dived deep several times before our mate, Brad Batterton, managed to grab the leader. Back at the Houhora Big Game and Sportfishing Club docks, the spearfish weighed 45.8 pounds, 3 pounds over the current 16-pound-test record from Hawaii.