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LONG-TAIL RED SNAPPER (ONAGA)

Scientific Name: Etelis coruscans
Hawaiian Name: `Ula`ula koa`e
Japanese Name: Onaga; Hamadai

Onaga is one of Hawaii's fish better known by its Japanese name than by its Hawaiian name, ula`ula koae. It is also called ruby snapper or scarlet snapper, due to it’s brilliant red color. Onaga have a unique profile with distinctive caudal fins that end in long, slender points.

Onaga has clear, light pink flesh similar to that of the opakapaka but somewhat softer and moister. Fish caught during the winter months seem to have a higher fat content than those caught in the summer; hence onaga yield the best sashimi during the winter season.

Most of the onaga caught off the Hawaiian Islands range in size from 1 to 18 pounds. Harvested exclusively with vertical hook-and-line gear, this bottomfish is caught in deep waters at 600-1000 feet.

FISHING METHODS

All Hawaii onaga are line-caught. All onaga are caught by deepwater handline gear with power reels.

SEASONALITY

Onaga is harvested mainly during the fall and winter months (October to March). Its availability peaks during the month of December when demand (and prices) for red-colored snappers among Hawaii's Japanese population is at its peak.

PREPARATION NOTES

Texture: Soft & Moist
Flavor: Delicate
Suggested Preparations: Raw (sashimi), Baked, Steamed, Sautéed, Soup

Hawaii's residents have a strong culturally-oriented demand for long tail red snappers for ceremonial occasions such as the New Year's season and weddings, when onaga sashimi is traditionally served.

HEALTH & NUTRITION

Hawaii Long-tail Red Snapper is an excellent source of healthy, extra lean protein. It is also low in saturated fat and low in sodium. It is rich in niacin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, phosphorus and selenium. Hawaii Long-tail Red Snapper also provides about 875 mg of omega-3’s (DHA and EPA) per 4 ounce serving of fresh fish.


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LONG-TAIL RED SNAPPER (ONAGA)

Scientific Name: Etelis coruscans
Hawaiian Name: `Ula`ula koa`e
Japanese Name: Onaga; Hamadai

Onaga is one of Hawaii's fish better known by its Japanese name than by its Hawaiian name, ula`ula koae. It is also called ruby snapper or scarlet snapper, due to it’s brilliant red color. Onaga have a unique profile with distinctive caudal fins that end in long, slender points.

Onaga has clear, light pink flesh similar to that of the opakapaka but somewhat softer and moister. Fish caught during the winter months seem to have a higher fat content than those caught in the summer; hence onaga yield the best sashimi during the winter season.

Most of the onaga caught off the Hawaiian Islands range in size from 1 to 18 pounds. Harvested exclusively with vertical hook-and-line gear, this bottomfish is caught in deep waters at 600-1000 feet.

FISHING METHODS

All Hawaii onaga are line-caught. All onaga are caught by deepwater handline gear with power reels.

SEASONALITY

Onaga is harvested mainly during the fall and winter months (October to March). Its availability peaks during the month of December when demand (and prices) for red-colored snappers among Hawaii's Japanese population is at its peak.

PREPARATION NOTES

Texture: Soft & Moist
Flavor: Delicate
Suggested Preparations: Raw (sashimi), Baked, Steamed, Sautéed, Soup

Hawaii's residents have a strong culturally-oriented demand for long tail red snappers for ceremonial occasions such as the New Year's season and weddings, when onaga sashimi is traditionally served.

HEALTH & NUTRITION

Hawaii Long-tail Red Snapper is an excellent source of healthy, extra lean protein. It is also low in saturated fat and low in sodium. It is rich in niacin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, phosphorus and selenium. Hawaii Long-tail Red Snapper also provides about 875 mg of omega-3’s (DHA and EPA) per 4 ounce serving of fresh fish.


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Captain David Crawford will customize your Kona fishing trip to fit within your vacation schedule. Whether you’re interested in fishing a Billfish Tournament or just spending a few hours on the water catching some dinner for the grill, Dave will work with you to make your Kona fishing trip the best big game fishing experience possible. The Kona Blue holds up to 6 passengers.

The Kona Blue is a completely refitted 1971, 53 foot Hatteras yacht

Captain Dave (David Crawford)

With over 18 years of professional deep sea fishing experience, most of it from right in Hawaii. His passion for fishing has led him to fish 17 different Hawaiian Islands, as well as Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, Southern California, and Costa Rica. He was born into a charter fishing family in Hawaii and caught his first Blue Marlin at the age of 10.

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  • Honokohau Harbor - Slip # 40
  • Kailua - Kona, Hawaii
  • Phone: 808.960.6064
  • Email: dboyinkona@yahoo.com
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