Sunday, March 22, 2009

Kona Cliff Fishing

We went fishing off of the cliffs by the Natural Energy Lab with Simon.

The cliffs & beautiful water:






Jeff fixing his line after catching a rock.





After a few very tedious hours of not catching fish, Jeff finally catches an edible size fish:




We are pretty sure this is a female star-eyed parrotfish - part of why i took a close-up of the eyes, it has lines that star out around it.

There where a bunch of guys picking 'Opihi off of the rocks to take home and eat:




lazy fishing cause none where biting.



Simon fishing

Lava cliffs:




Sailboat.

Finally Jeff saw a school of very large fish swimming below us and caught one - it was huge! We had to figure out how to catch them, because they where just eating the bait off of the hooks. Simon caught one first but as it came out of the water it broke free. The Jeff caught one:




Simon called the fish that we caught a 'broom-tailed hugio' here in Hawaii. From looking online it is an Aluterus Scriptus, also called a Leatherjacket or a Scrawled/Scribbled Filefish. The leatherjacket reference will become clear later:





After catching one and looking at it, we discovered using the smaller hooks and small amount of bait that covered the top of the hook was the way to get them. I caught one but he fell off comming out of the water, and then Jeff caught a 2nd one! It was definitely his fishing day!



Then I caught one - it was a bit of a fight!





For those of you who are squeemish, you may not want to skip the next few pictures....



Because the fish where so large, and because they wouldn't fit in the cooler, Simon and Jeff took them apart there on the rocks. Here you can see them pulling off the skin - yes, skin! These fish don't have scales, they have thick skin like spotted sandpaper on the outside and pearlescent light blue rubber on the inside - so weird!




We then took the fish over to a spot of water to gut them and remove their heads and throw it all back in for the small fishes to eat - and they did! I actually helped gut the one fish removing most of the insides, but Jeff finished it for me when it got to removing the gills and head and the harder stuff.

We stopped at Walmart and Simon picked up a fillet knife, then came back to the apartment where he and Jeff cooked up the fish. Simon took some of it - the smaller fish and the fillets that didn't come off nicely - rolled in seasoned biquick and fried them up in a pan for fish bites which where most excellent. Jeff wrapped the 4 nicest fillets individually in a pound of bacon total, put them on a baking sheet and baked them for a while in the oven - this was really good and the fish came out so buttery/fatty from the bacon and moist and falling apart. Had our broiler not had a bunch of then-hot pans in it, it would have been put in there to crisp the bacon up more on the top, but it was very very good just the same.




All in all it was a really good day, and a really deliscious dinner, which we all 3 enjoyed.

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