Shore Fishing in Hawaii

My husband and I recently inherited two fine fishing poles. We live on the North Shore on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. We often notice fishing poles stuck in the sand on the shore near the winding highway on our way to and from Honolulu. Some of these poles have bells on them to indicate that a sea creature is biting the line. Predictably, a fisherman or woman is nearby sitting on a lawn chair with a net and an awaiting cooler chest.

In summer and early fall, you can also see lines or circles of people a few yards off shore standing in waist deep water. They are fishing for small goatfish (oama) which can be eaten fried (bones and all). These small (7 inches or smaller) can also be used as bait for larger fish.