Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Nemesis Sportfishing with Captain Darrin Auger


If you've been following along on the blog for a while , you'll remember that from time to time , I like to do interviews with charter captains to give us a glimpse into a type of fishing that many of us rarely get to experience. Today , I'm very proud to be featuring Nemesis Sportfishing and Captain Darrin "Dundee" Auger, out of Kauai, Hawaii. Captain Darrin regularly targets Blue Marlin, Striped Marlin, Shortnosed Spearfish, occasionally Black Marlin and Sailfish , Yellowfin Tuna, Bigeye Tuna, Skipjack Tuna , Wavyback Tuna , Mahi mahi (Dolphin fish), and Ono (Wahoo) , in what is definitely one of the top fishing destinations in the world. There are very few places in the world where you can encounter so many different pelagic species on a four hour trip!

Captain Darrin "Dundee" Auger caught his first fish at the age of two and kept it in his pocket for two days. He grew up in Destin, Fl and started fishing offshore at the age of seven, and by the age of twelve was working professionally as a deckhand for one of the most successful and respected charter captains in Florida. Also growing up a competitive surfer , he eventually followed the surf to Hawaii and has called the islands home ever since. Now with over 23 years experience in Hawaiian waters from Kona to Kauai, Darrin has developed into a top performing captain. He is the only IGFA (International Game Fish Association) certified captain on Kauai and currently holds the Hawaiian state record for most Blue Marlin caught and released  (6) on lures in a half day (4 hour) trip. Darrin is an extreme competitor and is consistently at the top for total Blue Marlin and Ahi (Yellowfin Tuna) catches each year throughout Hawaiian waters. Although his passion is chasing monster Blue Marlin and big Ahi, he is equally satisfied helping a child or first time angler land their first fish.

Nemesis Sportfishing caters to the seasoned pro , as well as the first timer. Using top of the line gear , such as Shimano Tiagras (50's, 80's and 130's) as well as Shimano TLD's for smaller game. They offer some unique fishing trips off of the Napali coast , as well as exclusive 10hr private trips to fish Ni'ihau , The forbidden island. They also offer Whale/dolphin watching trips ( 3 hour) during the months December through April. Captain Darrin offers 4, 6, 8, and 10 hour trips , designed to fit your budget and your fishing needs.

Captain Darrin graciously agreed to an email interview regarding his fishing exploits , so without further delay here it is! Welcome to Something's Fishy , Captain!

JM : What lured you into the charter fishing business?

Captain Darrin : The most basic answer would be a life long passionate relationship with the ocean. I started fishing professionally at twelve/thirteen years old, but I've always worked for other people. Now I will be owner/operator so I will be able to apply what I've learned along the way and have the freedom to do as I see fit. I guess what I'm trying to say is that, I have a great desire to do things the 'right way.' To bring true professionalism to the charter fishing scene here on Kauai and succeed.

JM : What makes fishing Hawaiian waters so special? (ie. scenery , variety of species , proximity of currents , depth changes etc)

CD : Yes, to all of the above. Hawaii is the most isolated island group in the world. We have no continental shelf here. The islands are just the tip tops of mountains that continue down under the sea. So it gets deep quick. Just three miles or so out of the harbor and its 6000 ft. deep. We are always in sight of land so you get beautiful scenery every minute of the trip. Hawaii has beautiful scenery in general, but KAUAI'S NAPALI COAST is without a doubt one the most spectacular coastlines on earth. All of this combined with our amazing fishing/sea life and you feel like you feel like you've died and gone to heaven.

JM : Can you tell us a little about your boat , and why you feel it gives you a competitive advantage?

CD : The NEMESIS is a completely redone and professionally maintained Bertam 33' sportfishermen. Designed after years of research and development to be a stable open ocean fishing vessel. Bertram hulls are legendary for their strength. She's the perfect game boat for Kauai's sometimes less than favorable ocean conditions. Safety is our number one priority and was a major factor when choosing this boat for my operation. She has twin Cummins diesels so even if we encountered a problem with one engine we still have another to get us back to port. She has the feel and ride of a much larger vessel.

JM : Describe a typical trip aboard the Nemesis ?

CD : Nemesis Sportfishing offers 1/2 day, 3/4 day, and full day private and share trips. We get a lot of people that just want to go out for a 1/2 day (4 hour) or 3/4 day (6 hour) trip as they may have plans later that afternoon. We would typically leave the harbor around 6:30 a.m. and be back around lunch time. We don't need to travel far to get to the fish. We are sometimes into the fish before the people have even put on their sunscreen. We clean fish for our guests to take back and and throw on the grill. As far as the fishing, I always like to talk with my guests first and get a feel for what they would like to catch and go from there. There are many different species that we may enconter, so it all depends on what the guests want.

JM : Tell us about the most memorable trip you've had with clients.

CD : As far as memorable trips, there are many, but the kids that catch their first fish and the looks on their faces are what really stand out. They sometimes can't wipe the smile off no matter how hard they try. We have had some amazing days out there, but I guess the day we broke and set the new Hawaii Blue Marlin Record for most caught and released (6) in a 1/2 day trip really stands out. We had a 10 year old boy catch 2 Blue marlin that day. That's certainly a day I'll never forget.

JM : Tell us about the absolute best day of fishing aboard the NEMESIS? What made it special , numbers or size?

CD :  Another memorable day would be when we went through a boiling tuna feeding frenzy and all five lines went off. We were able to get all five Ahi (Yellowfin tuna) that ranged from 130-180lbs.

JM : What is your favorite fishing memory , personally - not with clients?

CD : A day without clients.......Maybe when my friend and I were allowed to take out our neighbors custom 30' G&S ($300,000 boat) to pursue Cobia outside Destin, Fl. We immediately found and hooked a good one about 60 lbs. All the other charter boats were around watching. We were 14 years old at the time.

JM : What is your personal best fish ? (species , length , weight - you can even describe the fight)

CD : We have lost some true monster Blue marlin well over 1000 lbs. After a five and half hour fight we released one that was probably 1200lbs. or more. The biggest one brought to the scales was 882lbs. She unfortunately died during the hour and forty-five minute fight.

JM : What's it like living and working in one of the most beautiful places on earth? Do you consider being a Captain a "dream job"?
CD : Most definitely MY dream job. Getting to do what I love for a living in one of the most beautiful places on earth is truly a blessing. Another big part of that is meeting new people every day and making new friends. It's very gratifying to be able to share our way of life with our guests. I consider myself very lucky indeed.

 JM : Any advice to potential clients ?

CD : If I were to give potential clients any advice.....it would be to do your homework and check out your options carefully. Ask questions! There are others out there that run less than respectable operations. Many, only care about one thing.......MONEY! Check out the boat, ask to see the engine room, bilges, and areas that are typically out of view. If it looks dirty/neglected in any way or they give you excuses you know to look for another boat.

JM : Thanks so much for doing the interview Captain Darrin! I absolutely love to hear about Pacific fishing out here on the East Coast!


As you read above , Captain Darrin does an excellent job of putting his clients on fish , and making it an enjoyable experience for everyone involved. You can visit his site for more information about how to book trips , types of trips and great fishing reports. Follow Captain Darrin on Facebook and Google+  for the most recent happenings aboard the Nemesis!

Have a great week!

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