Join Silky Sportfishing – a family-friendly charter fishing service that runs top-notch fishing trips off the Kona coast. Captain John Bagwell is an experienced angler who will make sure your trip is as productive as possible.

The Silky is a 45’ Viking that provides luxury air-conditioned accommodations and tournament ready tackle. With two staterooms and two bathrooms, the boat gives you the chance to enjoy top of the range fishing in a very comfortable setting.

A complete range of high-quality fishing equipment is supplied on board, with Penn International reels from 30 lb class all the way up to 130. The boat also features a fighting chair for those exciting big game battles, when you need to respond to a real challenge.

Capt. John offers a variety of trips you can choose from, while also giving you the opportunity to customize your trip to your specific requirements. As the crew is permitted for Kealakekua Bay special use, they offer fishing and snorkel trips and allow you to combine both of these exciting opportunities on one trip.

Target Marlin, Mahi Mahi, and Yellowfin Tuna with a crew that has over 20 years of experience and aboard a tournament-ready boat. What more could you ask for from a Hawaii charter fishing trip?

Book a trip with Silky Sportfishing and have the time of your life fishing under the Hawaiian sun!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    In demand! Last booked: 5 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,152
    This is the ideal trip if you want to experience serious sportfishing, with potential target species including Marlin, Mahi Mahi, and Yellowfin Tuna. You can also enjoy snorkeling if you want to check out the underwater world up close.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    In demand! Last booked: 6 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $890
    This is a 6-hour trip which can include snorkeling at Kealakekua Bay if desired. Go on this water adventure, combining fishing with snorkeling and explore these pristine waters like never before.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $680
    These trips give you the chance to sample big game fishing from Kailua-Kona, and while you will not have as much time to hook a Marlin as you would on full day trips, you will be able to troll for exciting big game species such as Mahi Mahi and Tuna.
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About the Captain

John Bagwell
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, United States
4 Fishing Reports
44 Customer Reviews
Response time 2 hours
Member since August 2016
Captain John Bagwell has been fishing for big game since 1970. Having started his career in Daytona Beach, Florida, in the early 1970s, he has since then traveled extensively around the famous fisheries of the East Coast, the Bahamas, Mexico’s Yucatan Penninsula, and now Hawaii. With a career that began with fishing in North Carolina with sportifshing legends such as Buddy Cannady, Sam Stokes, Omu Tillett, Buddy Davis, and Sonny Briggs, he continues to provide top of the range sportfishing adventures forty years on. John has been living in Kona since 1998 and enjoys the unparalleled year round Blue Marlin and Tuna fishery that the area provides.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Marlin (Blue) Marlin (Blue)
Tuna (Yellowfin) Tuna (Yellowfin)

Boat Specs

Viking (Offshore sport fishing) originally built in 1988. Powered by 2 485HP J&T Detroit Diesel engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 25 knots.

Length
45 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Jigging
Drift Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

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

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Snacks
Drinks
First Mate

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 1 day prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 1 day 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

Payment

Book with 20% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% 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

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Customer Reviews

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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
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100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
95%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
67%
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Bill J.
Tooele, UT
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Full day trip fishing.

VERIFIED   NEW  Full Day Trip on April 22, 2021
What a great day! John and Steve were amazing! We had 6 of us who wanted to go fishing so being able to get all of us on the...
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Spring Break ‘21

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip on April 6, 2021
After a year postponement due to “you know what”; we finally made it to the Big Island and our long awaited fishing day...
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Santa Ana, California
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Best Crew on Island,

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on March 17, 2021
Steve and John are the best, we have been fishing every year for the last 3 years during our annual trip to the big island...
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Bellingham, WA
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3/4 day trip

VERIFIED   NEW  3/4 Day Trip on May 4, 2021
Wonderful Day on the water, Lance and John really know their stuff.  Great stories and ton of knowledge of the area and fishing. ...
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Best day on saltwater in my life!!!!!!

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on April 8, 2021
First time in Hawai’i and Kona.  Was hoping to catch a fish.  Ended up with 2 freakin marlin, ahi tuna, mahi-mahi and spearfish. ...
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FAQs about Silky Sportfishing

Silky Sportfishing offers the following trips to customers:
  • $680 per group - Half Day Trip (4 hours)
  • $890 per group - 3/4 Day Trip (6 hours)
  • $1,152 per group - Full Day Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Silky Sportfishing, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet (Two bathrooms)
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fighting Chair (Murray Bros)
  • GPS (Furuno)
  • Fishfinder (Furuno)
  • Bed
  • Flybridge
  • Snorkeling Equipment
  • Live Bait Well
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Outriggers (Rupp)
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Silky Sportfishing include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Penn International reels, custom rods)
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Snacks
  • Drinks
  • First Mate

Silky Sportfishing offers the following types of fishing:
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing

Silky Sportfishing offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Jigging
  • Drift Fishing
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Silky Sportfishing include:
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Marlin (Blue)
  • Tuna (Yellowfin)