Don't put away your shorecasting gear just 'cuz it's winter. Jorden Zarders proves still got big papio within reach, tagging this 20 inch omilu in the middle of December.
From Clay Tam, PIFG's Hawaii Fish and Dive Expo Exhibit Coordinator
"On behalf of PIFG, I would like to thank our family of volunteers for your valuable time in making this event a great success. We could not have done it without each and every one of you.
We did well for the first time distributing tagging kits and tags. In addition to the 18 kits sold we passed out 2 volunteer shibi tag kits for small ahi.
We also distributed a good number of just tags to those who had tagging kits from other projects and were willing to join PIFG's Tag It. Lawai'a had a strong showing on Sat. that tapered a bit on Sunday. There was strong interest in subscriptions and people were also looking for past issues. We realize it's been some time since the discontinuation of the DAR Papio and Ulua Tagging Project so we're happy to see that there's still a lot of enthusiasm for a new tagging program!
Of course we cannot forget the visit from our friendly Expo dinosaur, Brandon!
Christopher Lewis, using tako legs and a 14/0 hook, landed this 41.75 inch GT. Listen to the ratchet peel. Love that sound!
Mahalo for tagging and sharing the awesome video Christopher!
Erik Parubrub fished top water lures and took advantage of the water in the bottom of boat to keep this 11.5 inch omilu comfortable while tagging.
He released this 12 inch omilu shortly after.
Jorden Zarders caught this Big Island omilu and placed the Tag It tag perfectly at the base of the second dorsal fin. What a beautiful, lit-up omilu about to taste freedom.
The water was debris-filled and murky a day after a steady rain. The fish couldn't see the top-water lures so the Waxwing, running a few inches under the water attracted this 16 inch white papio. It was safely tagged and released.
Scott Haraguchi, Tag It Admin, caught this 17 inch kaku with a Japanese top water lure in 2 feet of water. The lure was removed and the fish swam away strongly.
Clay Tam, Tag It Program Coordinator, took Scott Haraguchi, Tag It Program Administrator, out for some tagging training. Scott was using "rubbah hooks" on his Shimano Waxwing and had three (kaku) barracuda shake off. Clay's go-to surface lure stuck an 11" (fork length) omilu and a 17" kaku and missed a larger papio and some kaku also.
Both fish were carefully tagged and released.
Dominique Zarders, one of the female taggers in the Tokunaga Tagging Challenge, caught this 10 inch yellow dot papio, gently inserted the green Tag It tag, took this gorgeous photo, then quickly released it. Let's hope it's recaptured as a yellow dot ulua!
Oldie but goodie. Stay tuned for 2016 Papio tagging video.