It has long been known that pelagic fishes will aggregate to floating objects like logs, nets, and other debris. However, these objects drift around and may only be occasionally encountered by lucky fishermen.
Researchers have found that anchoring a buoy or platform in the open ocean will also attract and hold pelagic fishes, although whether the fish are attracted to the anchored FADs for the same reasons they associate with natural drifting objects is not yet known.
FAD’s usually consist of buoys or floats tethered to the ocean floor with concrete blocks. Sadly, they don’t stay in one place, and are often reported as MIA. Here’s the latest on FAD locations.
The weather buoys tend to be located in areas that are farther away from the harbors, and often those areas experience rougher sea conditions. For anglers who are willing to tough out earlier departure times and the ‘not-so-calm’ water, the reward is often a fishing trip of a lifetime.
There’s only handful boats on Maui that offer this ‘adventure’!
If this sounds like it’s your type of fishing contact me.