Tropical Sun Sportfishing

Aloha and welcome to Kona, Hawaii! Tropical Sun Sportfishing offers a year-round service, ready to take you on a fishing adventure whenever you want. Join the experienced captain Ryan, who’s been fishing these waters since he was a teenager. With lots of knowledge and patience, he’ll help any guest to become an angler by the end of the trip.

Tropical Sun is a custom 45’ Bertram sportfisher redone in 2019, with all the latest modern technology and creature comforts. Fully airconditioned cabin, full size refrigerator/freezer, satellite TV, WiFi, new Garmin chart plotter/ radar, chirp sounder/ fishfinder, 2 Garmin VHFs, and much more. Large flybridge seating/ viewing area and a large cockpit with release marine 130 fighting chair.  There’s enough room for 6 guests to fish in comfort.

Come fish the deep blue calm water for gigantic Blue Marlin, Tuna, Mahi Mahi, Ono, and other pelagic species. There’s a variety of fishing techniques to use and it all depends on what you’re after and how challenging you want it to be.

Tackle is ranging from light tackle to heavy 130lb tackle, professionally maintained and tournament ready. The equipment is included in the price, as well as your licenses and soft drinks. Feel free to bring some snacks and sun protection.

From first-timers to seasoned anglers, Tropical Sun Sportfishing specializes in putting their clients on the fish. Come join them aboard the Tropical Sun and get hooked into the fish of a lifetime!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    $1,200
    This full day adventure will give you enough time to reach the deeper spots and spend more time targeting big game species. Go after Marlin, Sailfish, Tuna, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, and Spearfish.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    $1,000
    This extended day trip will take you to the offshore spots, where you can target Mahi Mahi, Marlin, Tuna, Wahoo, and many more. All fishing equipment, drinks, and licenses are included in the price.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    $800
    Start your day targeting big game species and get back to the marina with the freshest fish meat. Go after Mahi Mahi, Tuna, Wahoo, Marlin, and many others. All fishing equipment is covered by the crew.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 11:30 AM
    $800
    This afternoon trip gives you enough time to sleep in and start the day fully rested. Go after big game species and catch a trophy you'll be proud of. All fishing equipment is covered by the captain. You just need to bring your sun protection.
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About the Captain

Ryan Lutes
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, United States
5 Customer Reviews
Response time 6 hours
Member since January 2020
Aloha, My name is Ryan Lutes and I have been in and around the ocean my whole life. I was a beach lifeguard for the State of California at 16 years old during my early years and grew up in Southern California fishing and surfing with my father. In 2004 my family moved to Kona, Hawaii after graduating high school. When I got to Hawaii I worked the deck for many legendary Captains from Kona over the years, eventually working my way to Captain of the Tropical Sun. I got my Captains license at 18 years old, while Sportfishing and commercial fishing in Hawaii. I have traveled and spent time fishing in Mexico, Panama, and Kona. My life passion is having my clients experience this amazing water world we call home!

About this listing

Targeted Species

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Marlin (Black) Black Marlin
Marlin (Blue) Blue Marlin
Sailfish Sailfish

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

Boat Specs

Bertram (Offshore sport fishing) originally built in 1990, and restored in 2019. Powered by 2 550HP Twin Detroit 6v92s engines.

Length
45 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing
Handline
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
GPS
Fishfinder
Bed
Flybridge
Live Bait Well
Kitchen
Refrigerator
Multimedia System
Outriggers
Spearfishing Equipment
Ice Box
Toilet
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
GPS
Fishfinder
Bed

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Snacks
Drinks
First Mate
Fishing License

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 3 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
Visa
Mastercard
American Express
Checks

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Customer Reviews

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Great half day time on the water
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Catch intended fish
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Vernon B.
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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Just what we wanted for the day.

VERIFIED   8 Hour Trip on June 18, 2021
Good day with captain Ryan and mate Kerry; really good guys.  Had a great day on the ocean.  Great boat and equipment. ...
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Todd P.
Pahoa, Hawaii
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Great half day time on the water

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip (PM) on August 8, 2021
Captain Ryan and crew were great with stories,  knowledge of the area.  My daughter and I took this private charter and although...
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Ryan W.
Manilla, IA
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Full day on the Tropical Sun

VERIFIED   8 Hour Trip on August 4, 2021
Great guys, great boat, and great times. I’ll be back again. Highly recommend for everyone
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James L.
Belle Isle, FL
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Full day trip with Capt Ryan

VERIFIED   8 Hour Trip on July 6, 2021
Great boat and crew. Tough day with no fish but a good time anyway.
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Jon D.
Coburg, OR
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Fishing with Ryan

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip (PM) on July 27, 2021
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FAQs about Tropical Sun Sportfishing

Tropical Sun Sportfishing offers the following trips to customers:
  • $800 per group - 4 Hour Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $800 per group - 4 Hour Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $1,000 per group - 6 Hour Trip (6 hours)
  • $1,200 per group - 8 Hour Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Tropical Sun Sportfishing, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fighting Chair
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Bed
  • Flybridge
  • Live Bait Well
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Multimedia System
  • Outriggers
  • Spearfishing Equipment
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Tropical Sun Sportfishing include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Snacks
  • Drinks
  • First Mate
  • Fishing License

Tropical Sun Sportfishing offers the following types of fishing:
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing

Tropical Sun Sportfishing offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Fly Fishing
  • Drift Fishing
  • Handline
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Tropical Sun Sportfishing include:
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Marlin (Black)
  • Marlin (Blue)
  • Sailfish
  • Spearfish (Shortbill)
  • Tuna (Yellowfin)
  • Wahoo