Skillet Sportfishing

Skillet Sportfishing and Captain John Burke wish you a warm welcome to Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. Captain John is a seasoned angler with over 5 decades of fishing, the majority of which he has spent fishing in Hawaii. He invites you to join him aboard on a trip to the areas’ beautiful offshore waters and discover the richness this fishery has to offer. It will either be John fishing with you or his Co-Captain Dan Holt. The captain will do everything he can to provide an enjoyable and productive trip for each of his guests, regardless of their skills and fishing experience. Bring your family or friends and have a memorable time sportfishing in Hawaii.

Captain John owns and runs a 32’ Topaz saltwater fishing boat that can safely take up to 6 guests. It is powered by twin 370HP Cummins engines and equipped with extensive navigation technology, making your ride to the fish smooth and quick. There’s a very nice bathroom on board as well as a table and seating downstairs. The rest of the onboard amenities include a fighting chair, a livewell, an ice box, and various fishing gear.

Kona is the billfish capital of the world. There are more thousand pound marlin caught here than anywhere else. You and the crew may catch many other pelagic species but large blue marlin are what most anglers come to Kona to catch. To reel them in, you use heavy tackle/ trolling.

The crew will have all the fishing tackle and bait(provided they are biting). You should only bring food and drinks to stay energized while on the boat.

Upon request we will cut up a designated portion of the catch per charter to provide each charter guest onboard. Just enough fish to enjoy for a few meals while on island. Ahi over 100 pounds stays with the boat. Blue marlin over 100 pounds is strictly catch and release.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    4 Hour PM Trip
    In demand! Last booked: 3 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    US $875
    The nice thing about fishing in Kona is that the water is very deep and very close to shore. On a 4-hour day of fishing, you have a legitimate chance of catching the fish of a lifetime. Anything from Tuna, Mahi Mahi, Ono, or trophy Marlin. Species of fish vary throughout the year. No fishing license is required in Hawaii. PASSENGERS MUST BE 10 YEARS OF AGE AND OLDER.
    Targeted fish
    Marlin (Blue)
    Blue Marlin
    Tuna (Skipjack)
    Skipjack Tuna
    Spearfish (Shortbill)
    Shortbill Spearfish
    Marlin (Black)
    Black Marlin
    Marlin (Striped)
    Striped Marlin
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip AM Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    US $875
    The nice thing about fishing in Kona is that the water is very deep and very close to shore. On a 4-hour day of fishing, you have a legitimate chance of catching the fish of a lifetime. Anything from Tuna, Mahi Mahi, Ono, or trophy Marlin. Species of fish vary throughout the year. No fishing license is required in Hawaii. PASSENGERS MUST BE 10 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER.
    Types of fishing
    Nearshore Fishing
    Offshore Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Deep Sea Fishing
    Heavy Tackle
    Trolling
    Targeted fish
    Marlin (Blue)
    Blue Marlin
    Tuna (Skipjack)
    Skipjack Tuna
    Spearfish (Shortbill)
    Shortbill Spearfish
    Marlin (Black)
    Black Marlin
    Marlin (Striped)
    Striped Marlin
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    US $1,100
    The 6-hour fishing trip is ideal for those avid or first-time anglers that want to have a shot at a fish of a lifetime. It allows just a little more time when you're out in a good area where the fish is biting. The four types of pelagic game fish that you will target are Marlin, Mahi Mahi, Ono, and Tuna. Species of fish vary throughout the year. No fishing license is required in Hawaii. PASSENGERS MUST BE 10 YEARS OF AGE AND OLDER.
    Targeted fish
    Marlin (Blue)
    Blue Marlin
    Tuna (Skipjack)
    Skipjack Tuna
    Spearfish (Shortbill)
    Shortbill Spearfish
    Marlin (Black)
    Black Marlin
    Marlin (Striped)
    Striped Marlin
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    US $1,300
    The 8-hour fishing trip allows the serious angler as well as the novice the full amount of time it takes to find that special once-in-a-lifetime fish. The captain will assess the situation and decide where to go as well as what type of fishing will be done. For example, trolling lures for a while, then trying some live bait providing there's bait to catch. This trip targets all the pelagic species in the right situation. No fishing license is required. PASSENGERS MUST BE 10 YEARS OF AGE AND OLDER.
    Targeted fish
    Marlin (Blue)
    Blue Marlin
    Tuna (Skipjack)
    Skipjack Tuna
    Spearfish (Shortbill)
    Shortbill Spearfish
    Marlin (Black)
    Black Marlin
    Marlin (Striped)
    Striped Marlin
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Customer reviews

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Excellent
4.9 / 5
out of 5 stars from 217 reviews
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Experience
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4.8 / 5
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Jack C.
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Amazing experience. Bravo for Skillet!

VERIFIED   NEW  4 Hour Trip AM Trip on May 4, 2024
Captain John with his first mate Dave are class-acts all around. They are immeasurably patient, kind, and easy to talk to....
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Ryan S.
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Best Day in Kona!

VERIFIED   NEW  6 Hour Trip on May 15, 2024
The crew of this boat was top notch! John our captain was very good at instruction and walked all of us through what he was...
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David H.
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Highly Recommend Skillet Sportfishing

VERIFIED   4 Hour PM Trip on February 24, 2024
My friend and I booked the 4 hour trip with Captain John and we were both very pleased with our experience.  Captain John...
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Lynette S.
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Fun day on a great boat

VERIFIED   February Special 4 Hour Trip (PM) on January 19, 2024
We really enjoyed our day with Captain John and his right-hand-man Dave. While we didn’t catch anything (our boat day followed...
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Paul M.
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John and Dave…best crew ever

VERIFIED   February Special 4 Hour Trip (PM) on January 10, 2024
Our family scheduled with Skillet fishing and we made the right choice!  John was easy to contact, made quick responses, and...
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FAQs about Skillet Sportfishing

Skillet Sportfishing offers the following trips to customers:
  • US $875 per group - 4 Hour PM Trip (4 hours)
  • US $875 per group - 4 Hour Trip AM Trip (4 hours)
  • US $1,100 per group - 6 Hour Trip (6 hours)
  • US $1,300 per group - 8 Hour Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Skillet Sportfishing, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet The bathroom or head on board is enclosed. The type of toilet is a vacuflush brand similar to what’s on an airlines. Passengers are pleasantly surprised how clean it is when they use it.
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fighting Chair Professional fighting chair
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Bed
  • Live Bait Well When the bait are biting.
  • Outriggers Lee’s outriggers
  • Tuna Tubes When the bait are biting.
  • Ice Box CUSTOMER PROVIDES THEIR OWN FOOD AND DRINKS

Trips booked with Skillet Sportfishing include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (130 class Shimano reels )
  • Live Bait (Provided they are biting)
  • Lures (95 % of the pelagics are caught on lures)
  • First Mate ( )

Skillet Sportfishing offers the following type of fishing:
  • Offshore Fishing (Big Game fishing)

Skillet Sportfishing offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Heavy Tackle (NO FISHING LICENSE REQUIRED)
  • Trolling (Species of fish vary throughout the year)
  • Deep Sea Fishing (No bottom fishing of any kind)

Top targeted fish species with Skillet Sportfishing include:
  • Marlin (Black)
  • Marlin (Blue)
  • Marlin (Striped)
  • Spearfish (Shortbill)
  • Tuna (Bigeye)
  • Tuna (Skipjack)
  • Tuna (Yellowfin)
  • Wahoo

Meet the Charter Operator

Skillet Sportfishing
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, United States
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217 Customer reviews
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Member since June 2022
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Captain John's interest in fishing goes back to early childhood. He's been a fisherman for the past 50 years, 35 out of which in Hawaii. He holds a Captain’s License from the US Coast Guard and has made a living in the guided fishing industry for the past 30 years. The four types of pelagic fish in the area that he loves to catch are Marlin, Mahi Mahi, Ono, and Tuna. Captain John treats everyone that steps foot on his boat with dignity and respect, and expects the same from each charter guest. He never assumes people have done this before and tries to show them the best time they can have while they’re here fishing in Kona.
Our Team
John B.
Captain
Dave G.
First mate
Dan H.
Captain

About this listing

Targeted species

Marlin (Black) Black Marlin
Marlin (Blue) Blue Marlin
Marlin (Striped) Striped Marlin
Spearfish (Shortbill) Shortbill Spearfish

Boat specs

Topaz (Sportfishing) originally built in 2004. Powered by 2 370HP Cummins engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 20 knots.

Length
32 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of fishing

Offshore Fishing
Big Game fishing

Fishing techniques

Heavy Tackle
NO FISHING LICENSE REQUIRED
Trolling
Species of fish vary throughout the year
Deep Sea Fishing
No bottom fishing of any kind

Amenities

Toilet
The bathroom or head on board is enclosed. The type of toilet is a vacuflush brand similar to what’s on an airlines. Passengers are pleasantly surprised how clean it is when they use it.
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
Professional fighting chair
GPS
Fishfinder
Bed

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
130 class Shimano reels
Live Bait
Provided they are biting
Lures
95 % of the pelagics are caught on lures
First Mate

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.
No Smoking
Catch and Release Allowed
Species of fish vary throughout the year

Payment

Pay online in full

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No additional fees.

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