Mariah Sportfishing – We Catch More

For your own taste of Hawaiian fishing, join Mariah Sportfishing and see what it’s all about! Captain Jay Lighty has been fishing these productive waters for over 25 years. He’ll take you to the deep waters out of Big Island Kailua-Kona, Hawai, and show you the best spots for catching big fish.

Capt. Jay will take you out on his 28’ Blackman offshore sportfishing boat which is custom built for exploring Kona waters. The boat can accommodate up to 5 people, and it’s accessible by wheelchair from the dock. There’s a private toilet on board for your convenience, as well as an icebox, a fridge, and an ice machine.

All the fishing equipment you’ll need will be provided on board – Shimano rods and reels. The captain will provide you with a fishing license. He’ll be more than happy to clean and fillet your fish, so you can look forward to tasting your catch upon your return home.

You’ll start fishing the minute you leave the harbor – a mile out is a mile deep. These blue waters are home to a variety of fish species, so expect to target Barracuda, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, Tuna, Marlin, Sailfish, and Spearfish.

Kids are welcome to come, as Capt. Jay has had his grandkids out on the water since they were very little. He loves spending time with kids and teaching them about fishing, so this can be a great family adventure! Make sure to bring some sunscreen, as well as food and drinks for your refreshment.

Explore the turquoise waters of Hawaii with Mariah Sportfishing, and have an unforgettable fishing experience!



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  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    In demand! Last booked: 1 day ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $400
    Head out in the early morning and spend a whole day on the deep waters of Hawaii. Try your luck with different species that call this area their home. The target species include Marlin, Mahi Mahi, Barracuda, Sailfish, Tuna, Spearfish, and Wahoo. The captain will provide all the fishing gear, just bring some sun protection, some food and drinks, and get excited about your newest fishing adventure!
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    In demand! Last booked: 3 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $350
    Get an early start, and head out to the deep Kona waters for a productive fishing trip. Spend 6 hours testing your skills against a variety of species. The target species include Barracuda, Marlin, Mahi Mahi, Sailfish, Spearfish, Tuna, and Wahoo. All the equipment will be provided by the captain, just bring some sunscreen, and you're all set for your new fishing trip!
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About the Captain

Jay Lighty
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, United States
ID & License verified
64 Customer Reviews
Response time 2 hours
Member since March 2019
Captain Jay is 75, and he's been a captain for 25 years. He grew up in Malibu and had his first boat at 8 years He had an office job prior to retirement and now his office is the ocean and he's got the best view in town. Everyone is equally welcome and he's had his grandkids on board since they were very little, so he likes kids on his boat. Fishing is his biggest passion, and there's no one with more experience in these waters, so you are in great hands!

About this listing

Targeted Species

Barracuda (Great) Great Barracuda
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Marlin (Black) Black Marlin
Marlin (Blue) Blue Marlin

Marlin (Striped) Striped Marlin
Sailfish Sailfish
Spearfish (Shortbill) Shortbill Spearfish
Tuna (Skipjack) Skipjack Tuna

Tuna (Yellowfin) Yellowfin Tuna
Wahoo Wahoo

Boat Specs

Blackman (Offshore sport fishing) originally built in 2000, and restored in 2017. Powered by a 300HP Yanmar engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 30 knots.

Length
28 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Flats Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Trolling
Jigging
Drift Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Fishfinder
Bed
Live Bait Well
Kitchen
Refrigerator
Outriggers
Tuna Tubes
Ice Box
Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Fishfinder
Bed
Live Bait Well

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Fishing License

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 7 days before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing Policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed
Disabled Accessible

Payment

Book with 10% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:

Cash

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Customer Reviews

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Friendly captain
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Recommend this charter
73%
Appropriate for children
66%
Satisfied with the boat
91%
Catch intended fish
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VERIFIED   NEW  3/4 Day Trip on November 22, 2021
Captain Jay was super knowledgeable and a open to a lot of questions. Going in we didn’t know that he kept the fish (this...
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September fishing trip

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on September 11, 2021
A little slow in the beginning but a very good experience all around Captain well aware of how to set up everything and what...
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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My first Big Catch

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip on July 13, 2021
Our overall fishing trip was great, I caught a 150lb Blue Marlin.  I brought my wife and two adult children with me on this...
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United States
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3/4 day trip with Captain Jay Lighty

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip on October 15, 2021
Wonderful day with Jay. Extremely nice gentleman and very attentive to real amateurs. Also very knowledgeable about his trade....
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VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip on April 29, 2021
Jay was very organized and nice! Really enjoyed our morning on the water. Trolled for most of the day. Caught this Marlin and...
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FAQs about Mariah Sportfishing – We Catch More

Mariah Sportfishing – We Catch More offers the following trips to customers:
  • $350 per group - 3/4 Day Trip (6 hours)
  • $400 per group - Full Day Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Mariah Sportfishing – We Catch More, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet (Private toilet on board.)
  • Fighting Chair
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Bed
  • Live Bait Well
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Outriggers
  • Tuna Tubes
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Mariah Sportfishing – We Catch More include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Shimano rods and reels.)
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Fishing License

Mariah Sportfishing – We Catch More offers the following types of fishing:
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Flats Fishing

Mariah Sportfishing – We Catch More offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Trolling
  • Jigging
  • Drift Fishing
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Mariah Sportfishing – We Catch More include:
  • Barracuda (Great)
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Marlin (Black)
  • Marlin (Blue)
  • Marlin (Striped)
  • Sailfish
  • Spearfish (Shortbill)
  • Tuna (Skipjack)
  • Tuna (Yellowfin)
  • Wahoo