Kailua-Kona Fishing

It's called Big Island for a reason. One of the finest big game fisheries this side of the Pacific, the cobalt blue waterways surrounding Kailua Kona are a melting pot of every angler's favorite trophy pelagics, proudly featuring endless schools of Mahi Mahi, Ono (local for Wahoo), Yellowfin Tuna and as many as 6 different billfish species known to vacation in the area. And yet, the vast piscatorial diversity remains only half the story behind Kona's well-documented angling notoriety. Sheltered by massive volcanic mountains rising up to 14000 feet, the seas are seldom unorthodoxly calm throughout the year, offsetting many of the stringencies brought upon by traditional fishing seasons. And if that wasn't good enough, the steep slopes extend well into the ocean, bringing big game fishing significantly closer to shore compared to many sportfishing hotspots all over the globe. You'll find yourself in waters 6000 feet deep just three miles out of the harbor, wasting no time in reaching the infamous honey holes. And once you're there, you might want to know that Kona still holds several line-class world records for Blue Marlin, while still boasting formidable numbers for a variety of other billfish including Black and Striped Marlin, Spearfish and Sailfish, as well as Yellowfin and Bigeye Tuna, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, Amberjack and many more!

Known For

Kamakahonu beach, Kaloko-Honokohau National Park, Ironman Triathlon, Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve, Ali’i Drive, Kona Coffee Tasting Tours, Manta Ray night diving, Mauna Kea beach, Kuamoo Battlefield and Lekeleke burial grounds, King Kamehameha Hotel, Mauna Kea Summit tours

Kailua-Kona Fishing Calendar

See what’s biting by month or species.