Blessing of the Waiopai

Blessing of the Waiopai

After six long months of dry dock, the Waiopai is back in the water, sleeping every night at her home, dock B-12 in the Honokohau harbor of the Big Island of Hawaii.
The full repower took a little longer than planned. Due to the distance and the unique location of Hawaii, we had lots of idle days, waiting for parts to arrive from the mainland.
Legendary diesel mechanic “Diesel Dan” and Scott Davidson were in charge of the big project. They started by removing the old Mann diesel engines and transmissions.
Once the old engines were removed the engine room was completely cleaned, scrubed, and painted. All the insulation was replaced, miles of old wires were cleared. When the new QSC Cummins engines with their matching ZF transmissions arrived, the hard work started.
The new engines are almost half the size of the Mann’s, and at least 2000 pounds lighter, they use about half the fuel than the old ones did, they are cleaner burning, and have more horse power!!
Due to their smaller size, the old 2 1/2 inch shafts could not be reused, so new ones had to be ordered, all the way from back east!
Tony Athens from Seabord Marine told us we also needed new propellers to achieve the perfect match and fuel efficiency. So, new ones were ordered! Beautiful 4 blades propellers, CNC machined out of one solid block of metal.
We also replaced the generator, with a brand new Northern Lights generator.
New LED lights were installed on the bridge and the deck.
The new autopilot is a pleasure to use, it works in conjunction with the Garmin touch screen GPS. And next to it, we installed a matching fish finder, with dual transponders with Chirp technology.
A new carpet was installed, and a fresh coat of paint on the deck and bridge, just a few days before the party that we had, to bless and celebrate the return of the Waiopai.
Aunty Tutu Lindsey, performed a beautiful Hawaiian blessing ceremony on Friday, December 18th, 2015. A few friends and family gathered under the shades of the B dock coconut trees. A great lunch provided by Chef Matt Losasso was enjoyed by all. Several tenderloin back straps of Axis deer from Maui, flown in for the occasion, was the most talked item on the menu.
My brother in law, Peter Baldwin, with his fiancé, Susan Fletcher, flew in to participate in the blessing. Peter spent countless summers aboard the original Waiopai, cruising the same waters that now, the “new” Waiopai, is fishing.
It meant a lot to have him there, and to hear him share a few stories of him and Manduke, his father, and his sister, Katie, my wife, and Ben, his brother.
A big thank you to everybody that was involved in this project. It took a lot of good people to get her back in the water, a lot of hard work.
We are now officially open for business!! Come and see what a beautiful girl she is. She is better than ever.
Give Captain Kai Hoover a call at 808-960 7341 to book your charter now!
Aloha and tight lines!!

Want to catch a "Grander"?

This year is leaving no doubt as to where the best place in the world is to catch a "Grander"A grander is the catch of a lifetime, a behemoth of a fish, and apex predator of the Pacific ocean, a Pacific Blue Marlin. Yes, there are other exotic destinations that would give you a fair chance also. But you need to take several plane rides, get a passport, get vaccinations, and you might not have a better chance than here, Kona, Big Island of Hawaii, good old US of A.So far the State of Hawaii is having one of the best years ever. Today, the Northern Lights, with captain Kevin Nakamaru caught the state's 6th grander of the year!! It weighed an incredible 1075 Lbs!! It was caught trolling, outside Kaloko, on the 1000 fathom line, on a Koya Tube. A lure made by our good friend Eric Koyanagi. To make this catch even sweeter, Kevin is one of the captains participating in the annual TART Blue Marlin tournament. The TART was featured on national TV last year, and we are hoping that again this year we are going to see the 5 captains competing and having fun with the world watching them and Kona.Our own Captain, Kai Hoover, got his grander last year, while working with Captain David Unger, aboard the Nasty Habit, an incredible 1211 Lbs!! Here we have compiled a list of the 6 Blue Marlins that weigh 1000 Lbs or more this year in Hawaii. 1. February 18, 2015. Captain McGrew Rice and deck hand (also a Captain) Carlton Arai, aboard the Ihu Nui catch the first grander of the year. It tipped the scale at 1058 Lbs!! It was caught right outside the Red Hill area, on a Koya Poi dog. 2. February 25, 2015. We now have to go to the island of Maui, where the Jun Ken Po is based out of Lahaina harbor. The 1058 Lbs (Yes, same weight as McGrews!) was caught outside the Island of Lanai. This time they were trolling a Moldcraft purple soft head lure, one of the most widely use lures around the world. 3. May 26, 2015. Our good friend Captain Chip Van Mols, one of Kona's legendary captains, aboard his custom made Gamefisherman, caught a giant Blue Marlin that weighed 1226.6 Lbs!! The beast was caught outside Kealakekua Bay, about the 1000 fathom line. This time the lure was made by Aloha Lures, called "Smash Bait" An interesting side note: it was the second grander for Chip on the same exact lure!! I guess the lure found a permanent home on the Luna's spread! 4. July 6, 2015 We now go to the other side of the Big Island, Hilo. Where the "Liberty Dream" a 25 ft Force, a Hawaii made boat, went out to try to catch some Ahi. Yes, they caught Hawaii's fourth grander of the year on hardly a snack for a 1010 Lbs Blue Marlin, a small Tuna Bullet. I guess that elephants eat peanuts!! 5. July 26, 2015 An old friend of the family, Guy Kitioka went fishing with a friend. His own small boat was down for some repairs. They were trying to catch Ahi for a family party. They were aboard the 19 foot long skiff "Dayna" When they reached the "Pens" an aquaculture project out by the 1000 fathom line, between town and Keahou bay, they caught a small skipjack tuna, or as it is know here "Aku". They rigged it and shortly thereafter Hawaii's biggest Blue Marlin of the last 23 years swallowed it. After a 4 1/2 hour fight, Guy called for help to take the fish back to the harbor. An amazing 1368 Lbs glowed when the scale settled down. 6. August 18. 2015 Captain Kevin Nakamaru on his boat the Northern Lights. 1075 Lbs. Hawaii's 6th grander of the year And we still have almost 4 more months of fishing!! Why fish anywhere else? Kona, Honokohau Harbor, capital world of Pacific Blue Marlin Fishing.Give Captain Kai Hoover a call to book your fishing adventure. We are now out of the water for a few weeks. We will be back better than ever with 2 new Cummins QSC to compliment the full dry dock that we did at the beginning of the year, where we did a full top to bottom paint job, new electronics with dual CHIRP Garmin transducers with side-vue capabilities, a new deck and to long of a list to mention everything that we did. Rest assured, the Waiopai is now a top of line hunting machine, with one of the best captains of the fleet, Kai Hoover.Aloha, Captain Emiliano Achaval#Waiopaifishing #Waiopai #Hawaii

Fishing Techniques

Building the web site for our charter business has been a rewarding experience. I decided to build it my self because experience has taught me that it is the best way to keep it fresh and updated. Nobody likes a web site that shows the tournament dates from 2007….  I don't have to call anybody to post the latest news or pictures of the latest catch that showed up late at the scales, I bring out the Mac Book and I do it my self….I’m also doing the marketing my self. It has proven to be even more difficult than building the web site!  Slowly but surely we can see thru google analytics that the site is a success !!  We have visitors from all over the world spending time browsing thru it. We are also doing all the fun Social Media. Facebook has proven to be also a great success. We get a lot of traffic thru clicks from Facebook. I wanted to talk a bit about something that seem to be the most common question on the emails, phone calls and messages. What type of fishing or technique do we do? There is no quick answer to that!  It depends on what the client wants. Do you want try your luck on a world record? Do you just want to catch anything, take a picture to boast back home and or post it on Facebook?  We recently had a client that was staying in a rental house in Kona, sharing it with 2 other families. His request? Anything that could feed them! Size didn't matter… Another one surprised us by telling us that he wanted a big Wahoo. Great! Pressure is off! Off we went to Ono lane and we made him happy by catching a nice Ono! When a client wants to have chance at a big Pacific Blue Marlin, we adapt to what is biting. We match the hatch. Sometimes we might go to the “Grounds” and try our luck with some live bait, dragging a nice lively “Aku” or sip Jack Tuna. We could also try the time proven trolling with a spread of lures. One my favorites options since you cover a lot of ground. If you want to try catching a big Ahi, we can try  “Dropping Stone”, where we dropped a bag with chum and try our luck at different depths where we have seen nice marks on our fish finder….We can also try some live Opelu close to the shore to try catch a Giant Trevally. “Ulua” as they are known locally, can grow in excess of 100 pounds! When they bite hang on to your pole! Captain Hoover also has experienced in Fly Fishing. When he was fishing on the Northern Lights, with Captain Kevin Nakamaru, they recorded some world records with fly fishing.We also do overnight fishing trips. If you are after a Swordfish or some nice Ahi, then overnight is the trip for you.We are next in line and we will be doing a big dry dock job. The Waiopai will look different with a grey hull painting job. We are redoing the bridge and installing all new top of the line electronics. We are redoing the deck and lots of other things. Probably the one that excites me the most is the addition of a brand new “Green Stick” It is yet another great  option to offer our clients. Other than seeing a big Blue bite a lure on the spread, seeing a huge Ahi jump out of the water chasing the jumping squid is one of the most exciting things that you will experience fishing in Kona. When you call us, tell us what you want. Together we will make a plan. Rest assured Captain Hoover will give you the best chance at catching what you want, using whatever technique is biting or the one that you prefer.Till the next time, see you in the water. Aloha

The Tail of two Marlins

A Tail of two Marlins

This is a short story about two amazing catches. Two magnificent Pacific Blue Marlins. Both weighed exactly 555 Lbs.
What are the odds of two incredibles specimens caught fifty years and 5 days apart weighing 555 Lbs each.
The first one was caught by my mother in law, Haku Baldwin, aboard the Waiopai on August 9th 1964. Manduke Baldwin was the skipper.
Haku was an experienced angler, with several world records to her name.
Ask our official local story teller and record keeper of all sorts of fishing techniques and stories , the legendary Jim Rizutto and he will tell you he remembers well Haku and Manduke and their boat The Waiopai.
The picture of Haku and her Marlin says “World Record Claim”. We will have to ask Jim if he remembers that catch…
Fast forward fifty years and five days to August 14, 2014. Aboard the Pacific Blue, soon to be renamed The Waiopai. Captain Emiliano Achaval and his grandson (Haku’s great-grandson), Nic Corbat are out for a day of fishing by themselves… We headed straight out from the harbor. At about the 2000 fathom line we turned down south. We saw some birds and some bait. Our triple nickel hit the long rigger, a malolo bullet made by Kerwin Masunaga, Captain of the Rod Bender.
The initial run left us with less than half of the line in our Shimano 130, down to the dacron for the first time in the summer…. After a long hour fight the beautiful fish was on board and heading to the scales at our home port Honokohau Harbor.
A tail of two fish, 50 years and 5 days apart, both weighing 555 Lbs.
Haku is proud of her great grandson, looking down from the heavens and smiling at seeing the Waiopai cruise the Kona waters again.

Click here to see the page with old family pictures, included Haku’s Marlin.

Click Here to see the picture page with Nic’s Marlin, Triple Nickel, included


Hello, Captain Achaval here. I’m very excited to tell you that our web site is up and running!! I’m also working with marine artist Paul McPhee on a new logo for the site as well as on our Tshirts and visors!!!
We are waiting our turn for a major drydock. We now think that by the end of January she should be out of the water for a makeover…. She’s going to get a new paint job from top to bottom, a new deck, new electronics and lots of work below deck in the engine room. This means that we are going to be absolutely ready and competitive next tournament season!!!
We already bought the “Green Stick”, we might have it installed before dry dock, but rest assure, it will be ready for the next Ahi run!!!
Lots of new things in the air, new boat, new paint job, new name, the Waiopai rides on!!!! Aloha and I hope to see you soon.