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!

All Blue Marlins caught will be released.
Taxes are not included in the price.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $400
    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! All Blue Marlins caught will be released. Taxes ($15) are not included in the price. There will be a fuel surcharge.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $450
    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! All Blue Marlins caught will be released. Taxes ($20) are not included in the price. There is a fuel surcharge
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About the Captain

Jay Lighty
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, United States
ID & License verified
130 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
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

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
Private toilet on board.
Fighting Chair
GPS
Fishfinder
Bed
Live Bait Well

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Shimano rods and reels.
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
Kids of all ages are welcome.
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

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.2 / 5
out of 5 stars from 130 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.4 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.2 / 5
Experience
Very good
4.0 / 5
Photos & videos by reviewers (63)
Half day trip
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Angler Rating
74
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
71%
Friendly captain
87%
Recommend this charter
78%
Appropriate for children
59%
Satisfied with the boat
91%
Catch intended fish
33%
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Levi S.
Kenmore, WA
Excellent
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5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Half Day but Lovely

VERIFIED   NEW  3/4 Day Trip on September 30, 2022
Jay is solid. Starts right on time and assures you get what you pay for. There are no guarantees, especially when it comes...
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Glenn C.
Waxahachie, TX
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July fishing trip

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip on July 2, 2022
Had a great time and learned a lot with Capt. Jay. But this experience is for real fisherman, not tourist. Capt. Jay is a no...
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Taylor W.
Beaver, OR
Excellent
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Excellent
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5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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Full day with Jay!

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on May 28, 2022
Jay is hands down the most funny and personable human we have fished with. . . The man’s meticulous and very professional....
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Eric Y.
St. Louis, MO
Excellent
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5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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Very personable Captain.

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on May 4, 2022
We went out looking for fish on 5/4. Captain Jay was where he said he’d be when he said he’d be there, and the boat was...
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John S.
Huntington Beach, CA
Excellent
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5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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Whole Day trip only skipper to grab some bait near the Bouy.

VERIFIED   NEW  Full Day Trip on September 16, 2022
JAY is a great skipper, fun to spend the day with, we had 0 current and few Opportunities, but he brought in a couple...
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FAQs about Mariah Sportfishing – We Catch More

Mariah Sportfishing – We Catch More offers the following trips to customers:
  • $400 per group - 3/4 Day Trip (6 hours)
  • $450 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