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Set out to new fishing adventures on the prolific Hawaii waters with Kona Cowboy Sportfishing at the helm! Captain Shawn Slattery runs his charters from the Big Island of Hawaii, the Blue Marlin capital of the world, where the ocean is deep and game fish are abundant.

Whether you’re a novice or pro, you’re going to have a memorable time with this friendly and experienced crew that works very hard to put you on the fish. Whether it’s dinner you’re after, or a trophy Blue Marlin, Capt. Shawn will make it happen.

Hawaii is known for its superb fishing opportunities – the area is the playground of Blue and Striped Marlin, Tuna, as well as Mahi Mahi and Wahoo. Not only do these beautiful fish come in impressive sizes, but they’re also quite close to the shore, and you won’t have to go more than 5 miles offshore to find them.

This charter also specializes in family fishing, ensuring even the youngest anglers have a blast and catch something awesome. Kids of all ages are welcome to join the trip.

Capt. Shawn knows all the best fishing holes and he’s got just the boat to take you to them. His 40’ Bertram is a fishing machine, with plenty of room to accommodate up to 6 people. On board, you’ll have a flybridge to spot schools of fish from afar and a fighting chair to help you battle your massive catch.

With a live bait well, tuna tubes, and outriggers, you’ll have everything you need for a productive fishing day. There’s also ample seating room, a private toilet, and a kitchen on the boat.

Not only will the crew take you to the best action, but they’ll also clean and fillet your catch at the end of the day. There will also be a professional photographer on board and he’ll make sure you have amazing photos to take home. All you need to think about are drinks, snacks, and food.

Kona Cowboy Sportfishing will get you hooked on fantastic Hawaiian fishing and chances are, you’ll always come back for more!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Sportsman (EXTENDED)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    $1,300
    The Full Day Sportsman (Extended) Charter is 10 hours of fishing! This allows enough time to check all the buoys in a 40-mile range. This almost guarantees you will catch more fish than anyone! You can also light tackle the buoys for Tuna, Mahi Mahi, and Ono, if you choose. The "Cowboy" is a very comfortable 40' Bertram, designed for you to relax and enjoy the experience...until you're on and the adrenaline is flowing! Catch cleaning and complimentary photos/videos of your experience are included.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Sportsman Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    $1,200
    It's hardly possible to walk out empty-handed when you book this package. Whether you're after magnificent Marlin or Yellowfin Tuna, Capt. Shawn will make it happen. Other species that could also find their way to your line include Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, and Amberjack. The crew will do everything in their power to put you on the bite of your life, and what's more, you get one additional hour on this full day jaunt. All you need is food and drinks for the trip.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    $1,075
    The motto of this 6-hour trip is – the more time invested, the better the odds of catching something bragworthy. You'll mostly be trolling for pelagic superstars like Mahi Mahi and Wahoo and whatever else is in season (anything from Marlin to Yellowfin Tuna is game). Pack plenty of food and drinks for the whole group and hit the water.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    $800
    Start your day off the right way! Come and join Capt. Shawn for a morning of fishing the beautiful and calm waters around Kailua-Kona. You'll be fishing as soon as you leave the dock, and travel up to 5 miles offshore. You'll be able to target some seriously impressive big game fish within 10 minutes – Mahi Mahi, a variety of Billfish, and other hard-fighters are all out there. Your captain will provide top-notch rods and reels. Anglers of all ages and skill levels are welcome onboard!
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 12:30 PM
    $800
    If you have a difficult time getting up very early in the morning? This afternoon 4-hour trip is perfect to accommodate the whole family. You'll be fishing off the beautiful Kona Coast, enjoying the clear and calm waters of Kailua-Kona, with plenty of fishing action on the horizon. Go after Amberjack, Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, or focus on hooking a massive Billfish, it's your choice. You might even see whales in between the bites. Pack some drinks and snacks, and you're good to go.
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About the Captain

Shawn Slattery
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, United States
17 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since December 2019
I started my career in the industry as a commercial fisherman. After the Gulf oil spill, I decided it was time for a change. I applied my expertise to big game fishing and fell into a whole new kind of love for the sport. Nothing compares to those adrenaline-filled moments when you have an 800 lb., Blue Marlin on your line! I have over 35 years of experience in both commercial and sport fishing combined and want to share my angling passion with you. Come fishing with me and let me show you my love for fishing.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Amberjack Amberjack
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Marlin (Blue) Marlin (Blue)
Marlin (Striped) Marlin (Striped)

Spearfish (Shortbill) Spearfish (Shortbill)
Tuna (Yellowfin) Tuna (Yellowfin)
Wahoo Wahoo

Boat Specs

Bertram (Flybridge) originally built in 1977, and restored in 2019. Powered by 2 350HP Cummings engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 25 knots.

Length
40 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Trolling
Jigging

Amenities

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

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate
Fishing License

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 1 day prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 1 day 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

Payment

Book with 20% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
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
Visa
Mastercard
American Express
PayPal

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 3% fee.

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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Had an awesome Day with the Kona Cowboy Crew.
Good day on the water
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Angler Rating
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Friendly captain
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Appropriate for children
82%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
64%
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Gray C.
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One of the best!

VERIFIED   Full Day Sportsman (EXTENDED) on February 26, 2021
I have fished all over the world and would rank Captain Shawn and crew among the very best guides I have fished with.  Captain...
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Sam H.
Santa Ana, California
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1/2 day on the Kona Cowboy

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on April 9, 2021
Got us in on short notice, had a great time. Professional boat, great captain and 1st mate. Great with our boys, our family...
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Issaquah, WA
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VERIFIED   Full Day Sportsman Trip on July 13, 2021
I’ve fished the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans and Captain Shawn knows fishing. Hands down one of the best skippers I’ve...
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Mario G.
Honolulu, Hawaii
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Had an awesome Day with the Kona Cowboy Crew.

VERIFIED   Full Day Sportsman (EXTENDED) on August 8, 2021
Captain Shawn and Cy were very professional. And the boat was accommodating.. I recommend The Kona Cowboy if planning a day...
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Kapowsin, WA
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Good day on the water

VERIFIED   Full Day Sportsman (EXTENDED) on May 10, 2021
We had a good day and landed several fish While experiencing several dolphin sitings which made the girls happy as well. ...
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FAQs about Kona Cowboy Sportfishing

Kona Cowboy Sportfishing offers the following trips to customers:
  • $800 per group - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $800 per group - Half Day Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $1,075 per group - 3/4 Day Trip (6 hours)
  • $1,200 per group - Full Day Sportsman Trip (8 hours)
  • $1,300 per group - Full Day Sportsman (EXTENDED) (10 hours)

When you book a trip with Kona Cowboy Sportfishing, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • Fighting Chair
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Bed
  • Flybridge
  • Live Bait Well
  • Kitchen
  • Outriggers
  • Tuna Tubes
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Kona Cowboy Sportfishing include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Shimano Tiagra )
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • First Mate (20% tip is encouraged)
  • Fishing License

Kona Cowboy Sportfishing offers the following types of fishing:
  • Nearshore Fishing (Our waters drop off 5000ft 3 miles from shore.)
  • Offshore Fishing

Kona Cowboy Sportfishing offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Trolling
  • Jigging

Top targeted fish species with Kona Cowboy Sportfishing include:
  • Amberjack
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Marlin (Blue)
  • Marlin (Striped)
  • Spearfish (Shortbill)
  • Tuna (Yellowfin)
  • Wahoo