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Fishing Below Kaumakani
I used to go fishing at the reservoir, at the ponds in cattle ranch country, and, primarily from the shoreline with surf casting rods and reels, or with bamboo poles. Fishing from the shore was always interesting since I never knew what kind of fish might be on the line. Many times I would get a heavy strike, the line would run off the reel and snap...I would not even see the fish!! Other times, I would fish with cut bait, usually strips of squid, cast out, and let the bait sit on the bottom, and just wait for a strike. While waiting for a strike, I would use my bamboo pole with it's line and small hook baited with shrimp and fish along the rocks.
Pole fishing was always fun because small fishes of all types would go after the bait, as soon after it went in the water. Most of the fishes would be small, and I would throw them back in the water. At sandy beaches, I would wade in the water,and fish for small papio (jack crevalle) and these would be a lot of fun since they travelled in schools, and catching more than one was guaranteed.
When I went pole fishing, using shrimp for bait, I would walk along the shore, fishing from the beach or the rocks. Even now, as I write this, I can picture each place where I fished, and I'm talking about a long shoreline since I did a lot of fishing from the rocks or the sandy beaches. The nice thing about this kind of fishing is that you cover a lot of shoreline, and never get tired because you enyoy it, and you see different aspects of the ocean as the waves break against the shore, and, it's better yet, when the fish are biting.
FISHING WITH SEAWEED
Other types of fishing we did was to use a certain type of seaweed for bait. Three types of fish would go after this particular seaweed..."uhu, nenui, and unicorn fish". Fishing with seaweed was also fun since these fishes could be big, and heavy. I believe this type of fishing originated in Camp 4 since when we fished with seaweed in different shoreline areas of Kauai the other fishermen asked what we were using for bait.
I remember one time when the tide was coming in, and I was using a fly rod with a floating line and a monafilment leader with seaweed for bait. This particular inlet was noted for the unicorn fish that frequented the area. After I let the the seaweed bait float out with the waves, a fish hit the bait, and used the waves, and it's flat body to fight as I tried bringing the fish in. This was really neat, since the fish swam parallel to the breaking waves, and I could see it's broad body as the wave was cresting. The line snapped after a long fight, as the waves, and the heavy fish were too much for the monafilament.
CAMP 4 RESERVOIR
Wooden Structure At Reservoir
Fishing at the reservoir was combined with swimming at the reservoir. Fishing here was more of a second thought as we spent more time in the water, and climbing, and playing around the wooden structure supporting a wood deck that led from the shore to a deeper part of the reservoir where a platform supported the wheel to control the water flowing out of the reservoir. The fun part was climbing on the supports on to the wood deck, and using it as our diving or jumping off platform. No water slides or other fancy apparatus, as you now see in water parks, when I was growing up.