On November 14 at 5 p.m., my friend and I
launched my boat and headed toward Kaena
Point to catch some akule to use as bait for shallow bottom fishing.
We started bottom fishing at 1 a.m., It was a slow bite, but at around 2:30 a.m., my friend caught a 3.5-lb humpback snapper. We kept telling each other it was a big humpback snapper but kept fishing. Forty-five minutes later, my rod went off and I fought the fish, thinking it was an omilu.
When I brought it up, we didnt know what it was, so we turned on the lights. We were like, Thats a big one, but thought it was maybe about 6 lbs. When we got home, I called a friend to ask where I could scale my fish to see if we beat the record. He told me where I could find a
certified scale, so I went to his store, A&P Payless Auto Parts & Fishing Supplies, to weigh my fish. It was 8.96 lbs! I told him it should be a
record-breaking fish. We went home all happy. I also went to Gary Soma Jr. to get a print of my fish.