Grander Marlin Sportfishing

Alii Drive
Kailua-Kona HI, United States

If catching a Marlin weighing over 1000 lbs is on your bucket list (and why would it not be), taking a trip with Grander Marlin Sportfishing could be your chance to check it off. Fishing in one of the most renowned Blue Marlin fisheries in the world and with a crew that has won numerous awards for Marlin Fishing, the company will do everything in its power to help you achieve the ultimate sportfishing prize.

Grander Marlin Sportfishing fishes aboard a 37 ft Merritt that is designed to maneuver FAST on fish. Its flat-bottomed stern section allows the vessel to turn on a dime and reach higher speeds in reverse. Equipped with all the tackle and gear you could ask for, this boat is ideal for veteran marlin enthusiasts but also offers a great experience to novice and first timers.

Grander Marlin Sportfishing will strive to put you on the fish of a lifetime. While they are heavy tackle specialists, they can also chase IGFA records on lighter line if asked ahead of time. If you are chasing a Marlin on the fly, you are welcome to bring your fly fishing gear aboard and take on this ultimate challenge.

Everything is included to ensure this is a one in a lifetime adventure.


Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    9 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 880
    up to 6 persons
    Blue Marlin Package. The ultimate in offshore sportfishing!
  • Private trip
    3/4 day
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    6 hours trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    US$ 700
    up to 6 persons
    Great option if you want to Chase Blue Marlin but cant commit to a fullday.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 hours trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    US$ 560
    up to 6 persons
    we Highly recommend a Full or 3/4 day trips but if you are short on time a 1/2 could put you on fish and leave the rest of your day open to explore the Big Island.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Marlin (Blue)
Marlin (Striped)
Spearfish (Shortbill)
Tuna (Yellowfin)

Wahoo

Boat Specs

Merritt (Classic) originally built in 1960, and restored in 2010. Powered by 2 355HP Cummins engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 30 knots.

Length
37 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Offshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Trolling
Fly Fishing
Handline

Amenities

Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Flybridge
Live Bait Well
Kitchen
Refrigerator
Outriggers
Ice Box
Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Flybridge

Trip Includes

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

Policies

Deposit non-refundable
Deposit non-refundable under normal circumstances. In case of unsafe weather conditions, you can choose a different trip date or cancel with a full deposit refund.
Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
No Smoking
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 30% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 30% 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

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

About the Captain

Chris Donato
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, United States
Member since July 2016
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Captain Chris has a lifetime of fishing experience behind him, a large portion of which includes chasing Marlin in the South Pacific. Chris holds the current all-tackle​ record for Blue Marlin in Samoa, having caught the first grander in Samoa at 1025 lb's, as well as the current record for Samoan Blue Marlin on 80lb tackle. He is now Fishing out of one of the most famous Marlin ports in the world in Kona, Hawaii, he is giving you the chance to try your hand at catching your very own Marlin. Captain Chris has been featured in numerous publications, including Marlin Magazine and Billfish Magazine.
Response time: 3 hours
Response rate: 100%

Kailua-Kona Fishing Calendar

Customer Reviews

4.67 out of 5 stars from 1 review

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Fished with Chris and Joe on the classic Benchmark.

Fished March 11, 2018
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