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 area’s beautiful offshore waters and discover the richness this fishery has to offer. 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 fishing 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 355 HP Cummins engines and equipped with extensive navigation technology, making your ride to the fish smooth and quick. There’s a toilet on board should you need to use it, as well as a kitchen and bed. The rest of the onboard amenities include a fighting chair, a livewell, an ice-box, and various fishing gear.

You and the crew can target many different Marlin and Tuna species, Mahi Mahi, Sailfish, Mako Shark, Spearfish, and Wahoo. To reel them in, you can use heavy tackle, deep sea fishing, and trolling. You can choose whether you want to take your catch home or simply return it to the water.

The crew will have all the fishing tackle and bait ready for you. Fish cleaning is also included in the trip price, so you should only bring your fishing licenses and some snacks and drinks to stay energized while on the boat.

Captain John and his crew are eager to see you, book today and have a wonderful day fishing with Skillet Sportfishing!

These current prices are seasonal for the month of September!



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  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    $725
    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.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $725
    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.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip
    In demand! Last booked: 3 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    $880
    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.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    $1,075
    The 8-hour fishing trip allows the serious angler as well as the novice the full amount of time it sometimes 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 you'll be doing. For example, trolling artificial lures for a while, then trying some live baiting providing there's bait to catch. This trip targets large Blue Marlin or large Yellowfin Tuna and possibly Mahi Mahi or Ono if the situation is right.
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About the Captain

John Burke
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, United States
ID & License verified
11 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since June 2022
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. 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.

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

Topaz (Saltwater fishing) originally built in 2004. Powered by 2 355HP Cummins engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 20 knots.

Length
32 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of fishing

Offshore Fishing

Fishing techniques

Heavy Tackle
Deep Sea Fishing
No bottom fishing of any kind

Amenities

Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Fishfinder
Bed
Live Bait Well

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Provided they are biting
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate

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
7 years and older
No Smoking
You Keep Catch
The crew will fillet your catch for you!
Crew Keeps Catch
After filleting your fish, the crew sells the rest
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Pay online in full

Pay online in full through FishingBooker and avoid unnecessary hassle with carrying extra cash.

No additional fees.
Book with 20% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% 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
PayPal
Bank Transfer
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 3.5% charge will apply.

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Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.9 / 5
out of 5 stars from 11 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Photos & videos by reviewers (6)
Best Captain Ever!
Best Captain Ever!
Best Captain Ever!
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
43%
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Matthew T.
Strum, WI
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

4 hour charter with captain John Burke on the skillet!

VERIFIED   NEW  4 Hour Trip on September 18, 2022
I highly recommend this carter! If your looking to experience a fishing trip of a lifetime you must find the “Skillet”...
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Ken A.
Enumclaw, WA
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 for marlin, ono, and tuna.

VERIFIED   8 Hour Trip on August 8, 2022
After my trip with another charter fell through, I was able to book with Captain John and Deck hand Dan. We hooked onto an...
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Antejuane W.
Red Oak, TX
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Best Captain Ever!

VERIFIED   NEW  6 Hour Trip on September 23, 2022
We had so much fun on his boat! He made sure we were ok and knew all safety regulations before taking us out. We will definitely...
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Kevin H.
Honolulu, HI
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Great day of fishing

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip on July 24, 2022
If you are looking to catch ono or marlin captain John and first mate Mike are the people to see, great boat, great time, and...
Kevin H. recommends Skillet Sportfishing
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Aaron H.
United States
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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6hr trip with John

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip on July 18, 2022
Great trip with John and his son Mike.  Great boat, great people, unfortunately the fish didn’t cooperate but they were...
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FAQs about Skillet Sportfishing

Skillet Sportfishing offers the following trips to customers:
  • $725 per group - 4 Hour Trip (4 hours)
  • $725 per group - 4 Hour Trip (4 hours)
  • $880 per group - 6 Hour Trip (6 hours)
  • $1,075 per group - 8 Hour Trip (8 hours)

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

Trips booked with Skillet Sportfishing include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait (Provided they are biting)
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • First Mate

Skillet Sportfishing offers the following type of fishing:
  • Offshore Fishing

Skillet Sportfishing offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Deep Sea Fishing (No bottom fishing of any kind)

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