Since the County won't let me in there, all I can do is watch the plume. Today, the wind's blowing to the west, which is
good for us...
Dual exhaust. 2 plumes with a light wind to the south...
Overcast day, no wind to speak of...
|April 24-26, 2009
|The weather had been gloomy and rainy for a couple of days so, after running some errands in Hilo, I
headed over to Ray & Ellen's house on the Kona side of the island where the weather is much drier.
Robin had already gone over the day before, so I met her at the house where we spent a nice sunny
rainy and then spent the better part of our time on the rainy and then spent the better part of our time
on the KonaKona side side in the waterin the water! Go figger!! Go figger!
Ray and Ellen had a dinner date with another couple today so Robin and I went to Honaunau
(white line). I kayaked for the first time in months and Robin snorkeled and swam. After I way
of Kealakekua Bay (red line).
|After I launched, I paddled around the tide pools outside the City of Refuge, then headed on out just to get a look up the
coast toward Kealakekua Bay (green line). Then I paddled back, a trip of about 2 miles. Then I put on my mask,
snorkel, and fins and went swimming.
Today, Ray and I went fishing while the girls went off and did whatever girls do. The plan was to go out to one of the
buoys that the state puts out to attract fish, about 7-8 miles off the coast. Why a buoy, or any floating object for that
matter, attracts fish, I don't know. I've seen it myself while snorkeling: if I lie very still in the water, the little reef fish will
gradually congregate in my shadow. I don't know why. Ray would be glad to explain it to you...
When ever we boat, Ray always has 2 or 3 fishing lines out trolling for whatever he might catch.
|marked it on the GPS for later and continued on out to the buoy.
"Right Spot", turn off the motor and drift past the buoy. Ray would lower a fishing lure into the water to about 100 feet
deep then reel it back in, jerking on it as he reels. This is called "jigging". Once he reels it in, there's a 2-foot long fish
on the end of it. He tosses it in the cooler and start the motor and goes back to the "Right Spot" and does it again. We
did that 4 times, caught 4 fish, and left. That simple. Took us less than an hour. Upon leaving (magenta line), we
trolled through an area where there were flocks of birds swooping the surface, another indication of fish near the
surface. Once back to Honaunau bay, we had to bring the lines in because you can't fish in the bay - it's a protected
area for sea turtles, dolphins, and reef fish. Also, there are a lot of snorkelers who, if not a protected species, don't
taste very good!
|When we put the boat in, I stand in the
water and hold it while Ray parks the
truck & trailer. One of the local
denizens stopped by to stay "Hi!". He
probably measured not quite 2 feet
|The buoy, in the middle between the
two boats with the dark hulls. I count
14 boats out there...
|"Hawaii between the toes"