Aug 8, 2011, 12:03 PM EDT
When my then-fiancée suggested Hawaii as a honeymoon destination I could think of only one thing: Marlin Fishing! She was thinking relaxing on the beach, but she agreed for some on-the-water time to make me happy.
I looked around for a quality crew as I had no clue when I’d be back there. I found Start Me Up Sport Fishing in Maui to be the best fit for my schedule and wallet. I wasn’t disappointed either.
Our crew and fellow anglers were great; the captain was from Rhode Island, his mate was a recent college graduate who has five years of experience on the Hawaiian waters. I shared the boat with a gentleman from Wisconsin, a young man and his mother from Oregon and a gentleman from Las Vegas.
My wife came along as well, as the fishing bug has bit her, as well. We fished hard for eight hours straight, and it is a day I’ll never forget. Right out of the harbor we had a big marlin hit a bait, but unfortunately that is all it did, just hit it .
When you spend eight hours on a boat with someone, they better be personable and able to explain what you’re doing. The captain and his mate took the time to answer all of our questions, explain what we were doing and why. We watched birds chasing flying fish, bottlenose dolphins play around us as we trolled, and saw some of the prettiest vistas I’ve ever seen while on the water.
I’m back now from that great trip and we’re already making plans to head back to do it again. I didn’t get my marlin or my mahi—they were around, we just didn’t score—but that’s fishing. When I do go back I’ll be booking another day or two with Start Me Up, and I’ll personally vouch for them as a great group to go fishing with!
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