The trade winds, or gravana, as the locals call them, blow predominately from the south to the southwest, providing calm water for fishing on the close-in drops on the lee side of the island — it’s almost like fishing in the lee at Kona. Bouchard fishes spots with names like Razza Drop, Razza Two, String Corner, Bobby’s Delight, Southwest Corner One and Two, and South Drop. “Razza is only a few minutes offshore, and South Drop is just an 18-nautical-mile ride,” he says. On a nice day, the 18-nautical-mile steam to the south sector makes for a nice change and can be very productive. Bouchard also fishes the 100-mile Drop, the 500-mile Drop and out in the deep. “In our main marlin season, from July through August, we fish a lot on birds and look for water temps around 83 degrees. This year we will fish Deceiver for the full season, from June until September, chasing the big girls in August and following the crazy packs in July,” he says.