All the Way to Midway: Angling in a War Zone
The game fish around Midway remind me of the gangs around Chicago's south side. Not that I have ever been to Chicago's south side or know any gangs there, but that's what they remind me of nonetheless.
Amberjack, bluefin trevally, and thick-lipped trevally are three of the most common species of game fish that patrol Midway's prolific waters.
They often attack en masse. Oftentimes you never know what species you are reeling in because there are so many around the boat.
You may have to get quite accurate with your casts if you want a certain species. Most of these guys can be handled with a 9-weight or so.
Just make sure a GT doesn't beat them to your fly.
Top-Secret Fishing Atoll
Gotta get even crazier? Ask your captain to take you to Kure Atoll, 60 miles from Midway at the very end of the Hawaiian Archipelago.
One of the most remote atolls on the planet, the vast majority of game fish around Kure have never seen a fly or lure, or even a boat.
They are shockingly brazen and apparently starving, although they are somehow all fat.
Kure and Midway both have breeding populations of extremely rare Hawaiian monk seals, too.
A day trip to Kure will definitely go down in your diary as one of the best 24 hours you ever spent fishing.
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication