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Boating: Fresh Catch – Papio (Bluefin Trevally)

Boating: Fresh Catch – Papio (Bluefin Trevally)
Maya
  • On January 22, 2016

First Time: We’ve gone bottom-fishing before on our 13th voyage aboard the Swell Life, but this our first catch trolling using rapala lures recommended by the many locals who fish in these waters. We were stoked!

FISH SPECIES

  • Omilu – Bluefin Trevally over 10 lbs.
  • Papio – Juvenile Bluefin Trevally less than 10 lbs.

FISH CLASS

Giant Trevally – can grow over 130 lbs. (world’s record holder of a 160 lbs. 7 oz. was caught in Japan by Keiki Hamasaki back in 2006.

FISHY STATS

  • Found singly or in schools patrolling reef slopes.
  • They feed on smaller fish.
  • Hunted by large Tuna and Dolphins.
  • Length – 70cm
  • Depth – 0-190m

SEAFOOD SAFETY

Learn more about Ciguatera Fish Poisoning at Hawaii-Seafood.org.

Catch and Release: Bill with our 1st catch – a small bluefin trevally papio. The guy needs to grow up.

Catch and Release: Bill with our 1st catch - a small bluefin trevally papio.

12:15pm and only in 30-50 feet deep… not too far from shore. We’re keeping this one!

Never expecting to catch anything, we weren’t very prepared. With no ice, we rush back to the harbor. This papio fits nicely in the cooler.

We ask a friend at the harbor for assistance. He had the equipment to measure, weigh and filet our papio. >>> 7lb 23in <<< Nice to have friends with this knowledge! We’re still learning how to filet fish and with the papio, you don’t eat its scaleless skin.

QUESTION: What’s your favorite fish to eat?

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