Aloha and welcome to Kona, Hawaii! Tropical Sun Sportfishing offers 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 sport fisher redone in 2019, with all the latest modern technology and creature comforts. In spring 2022 installed a new Seakeeper 6 gyro stabilizer. This new technology reduces 70-90% of the boat’s roll on the ocean and greatly reduces motion sickness. Fully air-conditioned cabin, full-size refrigerator/freezer, satellite TV, WiFi, new Garmin chart plotter/radar, chirp sounder/fishfinder, 2 Garmin VHFs, Eskimo Dometic ice maker, Spot Zero water purified water, we make our own ice, 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 130 lbs 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
    4 Hour Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    $1,000
    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
    $1,000
    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.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    $1,200
    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
    8 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    $1,400
    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.
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FAQs about Tropical Sun Sportfishing

Tropical Sun Sportfishing offers the following trips to customers:
  • $1,000 per group, additional $100 per person after 4 guests - 4 Hour Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $1,000 per group, additional $100 per person after 4 guests - 4 Hour Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $1,200 per group, additional $100 per person after 4 guests - 6 Hour Trip (6 hours)
  • $1,400 per group, additional $100 per person after 4 guests - 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 New 2022 Seakeeper gyro stabilizer
  • Fishfinder
  • Bed
  • Flybridge
  • Live Bait Well
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Multimedia System
  • Outriggers
  • Spearfishing Equipment
  • Ice Box
  • Radar

Trips booked with Tropical Sun Sportfishing include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • 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)
  • Marlin (Striped)
  • Sailfish
  • Spearfish (Shortbill)
  • Tuna (Yellowfin)
  • Wahoo

Meet the Captain

Ryan Lutes
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, United States
2 Fishing Reports
ID & license verified
20 Customer reviews
Response time 10 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
Marlin (Striped) Striped Marlin

Boat specs

Bertram (Sportfishing) originally built in 1990, and restored in 2022. 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
New 2022 Seakeeper gyro stabilizer
Fishfinder
Bed

Trip includes

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

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 3 days before the trip date, free of charge. If you cancel or modify your booking later, or fail to show up, you'll forfeit 100% of what you've paid.

Listing policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
We will cut all ahis under 80lbs
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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Recent fishing reports

Another great day with Tropical Sun Spor
Another great day with Tropical Sun Spor
November 26, 2023
Released a blue marlin and captured 2 mahi mahi for the grill tonight!
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Awesome Day Fishing with Tropical Sun Sp
Awesome Day Fishing with Tropical Sun Sp
November 16, 2023
Awesome day on the water! 2-3 on Blue Marlin and 2-2 on Mahi-mahi. 37 pound Mahi for the bbq!
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Customer reviews

Rating summary
Excellent
4.9 / 5
out of 5 stars from 20 reviews
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.8 / 5
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Three for three
Three for three
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Angler rating
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Anglers claimed
Good experience
94%
Friendly captain
94%
Recommend this charter
95%
Appropriate for children
94%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Caught fish
65%
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Cheryl K.
Excellent
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Great Experience

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip on April 13, 2023
This was our first deep water fishing trip with the whole family.  Captain Ryan and First Mate Tiger did a great job making...
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Anthony H.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
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5.0 / 5
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Three for three

VERIFIED   NEW  6 Hour Trip on November 15, 2023
We had a party of three and each one of us caught the fish we sought out to catch. Two huge Mahi Mahi’s and a big Blue Marlin....
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Collette S.
Kaneohe, Hawaii
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Awesome 3/4 day trip!

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip on June 13, 2023
We had an amazing experience on the Tropical Sun!  The boat was clean, comfortable and beautiful!  Captain Ryan and Kerry...
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Kevin M.
Baytown, TX
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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4 hour trip with Captain Ryan and Mate Kerry

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip (AM) on June 14, 2023
Ryan and Kerry were a pleasure and did everything they could to put us on great fish. We had a huge blue Marlin, but unfortunately...
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Mitch L.
Mililani Town, Hawaii
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Full day trip with captain Ryan and Kerry

VERIFIED   8 Hour Trip on May 29, 2023
Awesome trip, very nice boat as advertised with excellent gear! Captain and Kerry were great teachers and took time to explain...
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