The incredible diversity of tropical reef systems is one of my favorite things about fishing in Hawaii. I caught five fish today, all of them different species and all caught using basically the same technique. Four, a lizardfish, a cornetfish, and two papio (one white, one bluefin), were all fairly small, but the fifth was a nice bonefish that I hooked at the bottom of a steep drop off.
Different people have different criteria for when a fish counts as “caught.” I reeled the bonefish in and actually lifted it out of the water in my hand before it struggled free and escaped. Many people would count that as “caught,” but I always feel better when I bring home a photo.

what should have happened…
what really happened!

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