Tom and Wendy Cosnyka honeymooned on Oahu in Hawaii six years ago and the Buffalo couple returned to Waianae five years later to vacation and do some fishing.
Capt. Tony Brown, with Boom Boom II Charters, liked booking them because all aboard each trip catch fish when the Cosnykas are on deck, Tom remarked.
The main target for their July 19 to August 1 trip was “trying for a Pacific blue marlin,” Tom said after four booked trips and a spectacular array of species catches.
“I felt the greatest I ever felt when fighting a blue marlin for 30 minutes and then the worst I could feel when the fish got off,” he said of the fish that ran off 700 yards of line and then turned and darted toward the boat. “At speeds of 40 mph you can’t reel fast enough. He got enough slack and shook the hook.”
But when it came to tuna takes and other tasty Pacific fish, Tom’s morning trips put many a fillet on the grill and in the freezer.
“One of these trips, we headed about 22 miles out and the bite was best between 7 and 9 a.m.,” he said of runs that yielded dolphin, mahi-mahi, ahi (yellow-finned tuna) and oho (wahoo).
The ahi catches turned out to be the ah-ha takes for Cosnyka. The year before, he hooked three tuna that weighed in above 200 pounds. His biggest tuna this year went well above the 200-pound mark. “We can keep fish that weigh less than 100 pounds, but those over go to the charter boat,” he said of his prize fish in the picture this year.
“We are making plans to return next year to provide a nice marlin picture,” Cosnyka wrote when forwarding the photo of his hefty yellow fin tuna.