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Kona Winter Blues

Flat calm seas and hefty blue marlin

The winter season has descended upon the small fishing community of Kailua-Kona, located on the Big Island of Hawaii. The season is generally marked by flat calm seas and can offer good fishing from time to time. After a short trip to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, to fish in the Bisbee’s Black and Blue and a quick surf vacation, Capt. Chris Donato returned to Kona for a few remaining charters.

In this episode, they hook a large blue marlin for a first-time lady angler. Estimated to weigh more than 650 pounds, the big blue ate a Tantrum large bullet lure first thing in the morning, just a short distance from the harbor and was successfully released by 8 a.m. Later that day the team raised a spearfish on the stinger, proving that the shortbills are found there nearly year-round as well.

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