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According to customer reviews, some of the most popular fishing charters in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii are: Full list of top fishing charters in Kailua-Kona

The average price for a private 4 hour Kailua-Kona fishing trip is $712, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $877 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

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Some of the fishing trips offered by fishing charters in Kailua-Kona are:
  • 4-hour fishing trips – $803
  • 6-hour fishing trips – $971
  • 7-hour fishing trips – $450
  • 8-hour fishing trips – $1,241
  • 10-hour fishing trips – $1,400
  • 12-hour fishing trips – $1,900

Kona Fishing is quite possibly the best in the world when it comes to Big Game. The sheer number of trophy pelagics that can be found here is staggering. On any given day, you may encounter Blue and Striped Marlin, Mahi Mahi, Yellowfin Tuna (Ahi), Wahoo (Ono), and Shortbilled Spearfish. And when we say on any given day, we mean it. The thing which makes Kona such a dream location is that all these species are present all year round. 
 
Kona Marlin Fishing produces an average of two granders per year, where most top locations are proud to get one. The island chain’s only problem is the strong trade winds which can make the afternoons unfishable. Not so in Kona, though! Big Island’s mountains shield it from the worst of the winds, making for calm waters pretty much all the time. This makes it arguably the best Hawaiian island for fishing. The best of the best for big game sport fishing? Sign us up!

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The thing that makes Kona deep sea fishing so productive is the fact that the sea floor drops so deep so quickly. Within ten minutes of leaving the dock you are fishing in 100 fathoms of water. This makes half day trips a viable option, and a very common one. Compare this to the mainland, where you need to travel 30 miles or more for even a glimpse of Billfish, and you start to see what all the buzz is about.
 
Kona fishing charters usually start trolling as soon as they leave the dock, with spots like Kaiwi Point allowing for what can only be called inshore Marlin fishing. It isn’t all just blind luck, though. Most local charter captains have been honing their skills for decades, and their boats are loaded with a serious amount of equipment. Fighting chairs, Tuna tubes, and custom tackle come as standard in this part of the world
 
If you are thinking of wintering in Hawaii this year, then lucky you! Striped Marlin peak in the depths of winter, as do Bigeye Tuna. February can be a particularly rewarding time to fish, with Striped Marlin, Shortbilled Spearfish, and Mahi Mahi all in their prime. The best time to target Blue Marlin in Kona is during the summer months of July and August. This is also peak time for Ahi and Ono, making for nothing short of an angler’s dream. 
 
Unsurprisingly, the start of summer also kicks off tournament season. If you are thinking of signing up to a Kona fishing Tournament like the Kona Throwdown, you should expect some serious competition. Anglers from across the globe fly in to compete, and the prizes in some can be life-changing. Just deciding which one to take part in can be hard enough, with over a dozen Billfishing tournaments over the course of the summer.

Rules & Regulations

You do not need a license to fish in Hawaii, even when striking out on your own. All billfish can be kept, although most Kona charter boats prefer to tag and release. The sale of Billfish is also allowed in Hawaii, so some captains may want to keep even healthy fish to sell. The wisest policy is to talk to your captain before the charter, and agree on what will happen to your catch.

Types of Fishing

Unsurprisingly for a remote island chain, fishing has always been a massive part of the local culture. Many of the techniques used worldwide were first pioneered here. Jet head lures were created by a Kona angler drilling holes in some metal to tempt in Tuna. The world laughed when Hawaiians started making lures for Marlin, thinking live bait the only option. Nowadays, targeting Billfish on lures or flies is all the rage, and nowhere will you find it mastered better than in Kona.
 
The most common method of big game fishing in Kona is using a wide trolling spread of artificials. This allows you to vary your lures if you don’t mind what you catch, or focus on one species to really draw them in. Specialist Marlin, Ahi, and Ono lures are discussed at length in the Kona fishing scene, and you will usually find plenty of each onboard. Using live Skipjack is also a common option, although smaller, pre-caught bait is very rare.
 
Heavy tackle is the go-to option for Billfish on most charters, and somewhere in the 80 to 130-pound range is the most common. The best Kona fishing charters will have a range of light and fly tackle available too, though. Bait and switch is very common here for ambitious record-setters - Kona has produced IGFA records for Spearfish on tackle as light as four pounds in recent years!
 
Kailua-Kona
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January

The year kicks off in a fury of breaching Striped Marlin and hard-fighting Mahi. It This makes fishing Kona in January irresistible to many, and it's not surprising this is peak high season.

February

Spearfish start to hit their hit their prime and Striped Marlin and Mahi are on top form, too. If there is a better way to ward off the winter blues than trolling offshore in a sunny 75 degrees, no-one has told us!

March

In most top sport fishing destinations, March is a slow month, but not in Kona. The big winter three are still at their best, and tourist high season is tapering off, leaving the best fishing grounds open.

April

April sees the transition from winter species to summer species, with Striped Marlin slowing down and big Ono taking their place. The thing that makes Kona so special, though, is that you never know what you will hook!

May

There must be some important event beneath the waves in May. Blue, Black, and Striped Marlin, Spearfish, Ahi, Ono, and Mahi Mahi all come together in big numbers this time of year. Enough said.

June

June marks the start of tournament season, with four different Billfishing tournaments taking place in one month. It's not very surprising, with six top pelagic species waiting in force just out of port.

July

There's only one fish on everyone's mind in July: Blue Marlin. This is the best time of year, and one of the best places in the world to target them. There are also big Ahi and Ono if you somehow get bored of Billfish.

August

Blue Marlin, Ahi, and Ono are all on top form, so get out there! Skipjack Tuna are also around in big numbers this time of year, making it perfect for those who prefer live bait.

September

The summer madness starts to wind down in September, and tournaments season draws to a close. This can still be a great time for Blue Marlin, though, and you won't be fighting for space to target them.

October

October is one of the cheapest times to visit Hawaii, and Kona always has great fishing! If you fancy some time on dry land, you can visit Kona's Food and Wine Festival to taste some local delicacies.

November

There may not be the same number of Billfish around in November, but Bigeye Tuna arrive in force. These are some of the tastiest fish out there, so you will find you have lots of new friends if you bag one!

December

Dream of spending the winter fishing in shorts? Kona is the place for you. December is peak season for Bigeye Tuna, making both the perfect present and the best dinner. Happy Holidays indeed!

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Don't expect to catch something, expect to have a great time on the water, then if you do catch something......Bonus!!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Don't expect to catch something, expect to have a great time on the water, then if you do catch something......Bonus!!!
Adrienne  A.
Adrienne A. Durango, CO
Just like fishing anywhere. There’s a reason they call it fishing and.not catching…. Lol. It’s still a great time.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Just like fishing anywhere. There’s a reason they call it fishing and.not catching…. Lol. It’s still a great time.
Jeff  L.
Jeff L. United States
Just remember it is fishing. You take a chance on not catching anything. But you get a great time on the water.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Just remember it is fishing. You take a chance on not catching anything. But you get a great time on the water.
Shawn  L.
Shawn L. United States
You are able to have lines in the water right out of the harbor. Beautiful scenery. Great place to fish
Excellent
5.0 / 5
You are able to have lines in the water right out of the harbor. Beautiful scenery. Great place to fish
Hank  A.
Hank A. Bellingham, WA
Experience is awesome just make sure what time of year you go and remember that it’s called fishing not catching.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience is awesome just make sure what time of year you go and remember that it’s called fishing not catching.
Michael  M.
Michael M. Columbia, SC
Enjoy the ride. Keep expectations low, no stress and hope for the magic. When it happens, everyone wins!
Very good
4.0 / 5
Enjoy the ride. Keep expectations low, no stress and hope for the magic. When it happens, everyone wins!
Gene  M.
Gene M. Costa Mesa, CA
Sit back and enjoy the adventure. The catch cannot be guaranteed, but the memories can
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Sit back and enjoy the adventure. The catch cannot be guaranteed, but the memories can
Linda  C.
Linda C. Glens Falls, NY
Depends on the day, for fishing, but you could not ask for a better captain. regardless of fish. Great price for private time. We will request him again.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Depends on the day, for fishing, but you could not ask for a better captain. regardless of fish. Great price for private time. We will request him again.
Joanie  H.
Joanie H. Omaha, Nebraska
Hit up captain jim he will go out of his way to make sure u catch some fish one of the best fishing trips I have been on !
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Hit up captain jim he will go out of his way to make sure u catch some fish one of the best fishing trips I have been on !
Joseph  L.
Joseph L. Niwot, CO
You can win big or not see anything. Its fishing bit the reward is worth the chance.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
You can win big or not see anything. Its fishing bit the reward is worth the chance.
Andre  B.
Andre B. Honolulu, Hawaii
It was a good trip (more for adults). Would’ve liked to have the kids throw some lines in the water but difficult to do when trolling. Great experience when hooking a marlin and seeing it fly out of the water!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It was a good trip (more for adults). Would’ve liked to have the kids throw some lines in the water but difficult to do when trolling. Great experience when hooking a marlin and seeing it fly out of the water!
Lynn  B.
Lynn B. Honolulu, Hawaii
Yes! We went out twice, on two half day trips. The first trip we didn't even get a bite but that is fishing! Sometimes you don't. The boys really wanted to try again so we booked a second half day trip and both boys each caught a fish. So fun but know you have to be patient!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Yes! We went out twice, on two half day trips. The first trip we didn't even get a bite but that is fishing! Sometimes you don't. The boys really wanted to try again so we booked a second half day trip and both boys each caught a fish. So fun but know you have to be patient!
Tracy  V.  O.
Tracy V. O. Saint Paul, MN

Skillet Sportfishing
Skillet Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Kailua-Kona
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(56 reviews)
This duo; Captain & Mate” is always willing to go above and beyond to insure your time on the water, “The Best You Ever Had.” I cannot thank them enough, I appreciate them both. Put me on the catch!! What a day….! Nothing like being on the water and having a Humble Captain willing to do whatever it takes to ensure your time on the boat is nothing short of spectacular.
Joe  L.
Joe L. Wailuku, Hawaii
Skillet Sportfishing
Skillet Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Kailua-Kona
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(56 reviews)
Great experience. The Skillet was a very nice boat immaculately maintained. Captain John was very professional and personable. His deckhand John was equally professional and experienced. I would definitely book this trip again
Josh  S.
Josh S. Sublimity, OR
Skillet Sportfishing
Skillet Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Kailua-Kona
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(56 reviews)
Enjoyed the fishing trip with captain John and Dan. Would have been a little better if we could have caught a fish. But, can’t always expect to catch one every time you go out. Captain John and Dan are very knowledgeable about fishing and I enjoyed talking to them. Thank you for the fishing experience! I would recommend Captain John and Dan!
Bonnie  Z.
Bonnie Z. Coon Rapids, MN
Skillet Sportfishing
Skillet Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Kailua-Kona
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(56 reviews)
Had a good day. Didn't catch anything, but that's why they call it 'fishing'.
Brad  H.
Brad H. Ocean View, HI
Mariah Sportfishing – We Catch More
Mariah Sportfishing – We Catch More
Fishing charter in Kailua-Kona
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(148 reviews)
Had a great time fishing with Captain Jay, we didn't do any catching but Jay freely shared his abundant knowledge. I plan on going out with Captain Jay again in April.
Mike  D.
Mike D. Mililani Town, Hawaii
Skillet Sportfishing
Skillet Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Kailua-Kona
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(56 reviews)
This was such a great trip. My dad has some dementia and these guys took such good care of him. He had a blast Absolutely recommend captain John and dad!
Catherine  M.
Catherine M. Mesa, AZ
Skillet Sportfishing
Skillet Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Kailua-Kona
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(56 reviews)
Excellent captain and crew, John and Dan were on point. We hooked into a beautiful 440 lb Marlin shortly before the end of the day, Jon and Dan gave excellent communication and assistance with reeling in an amazing fish. Truly an unforgettable experience!!!! Thank you John and Dan!!!
Michael  D.
Michael D. Crescent City, CA
Skillet Sportfishing
Skillet Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Kailua-Kona
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(56 reviews)
Accommodating, experienced, determined. If the fish are there, Captain John will place you right on top of them. They have all the skills and tenacity to help the least experienced enjoy and thrive making the catch of their lives. Cannot emphasize enough how impressed and pleased my sons and I were of this fantastic team. Treated us like family. Thanks guys!!!
Caitlin  H.
Caitlin H. Port Graham, AK
Silky Sportfishing
Silky Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Kailua-Kona
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(147 reviews)
Took my family on a fishing trip at a Kona had a little bit of weather in the beginning a trolled around looking for life, Wasn’t much life out but we lucked out with a nice fish at end. Captain and crew are very knowledgeable helpful would definitely book a trip with them again.
Lance  L.
Lance L. Avalon, CA
Fire Hatt Sportfishing Charters
Fire Hatt Sportfishing Charters
Fishing charter in Kailua-Kona
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(47 reviews)
Had a great day on the boat. Fishing was slow, no bites in sight. But overall experience was top notch. Excellent gear, beautiful boat, and friendly crew. We enjoyed talking to them, and although they were young, they were very knowledgable, and happy to talk about strategy and technique. Overall we had a blast, and the only thing that was missing was a big fat fish. Thanks for a beautiful day on the water.
Bonnie  D.
Bonnie D. Mililani Town, Hawaii
Silky Sportfishing
Silky Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Kailua-Kona
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(147 reviews)
Everything was great. Unfortunately the fish were not biting. Would definitely recommend as Camden was great with my 7 year old son. They tried everything but was just one of those days
Matthew  C.
Matthew C. Richmond, MI
Medusa Sportfishing
Medusa Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Kailua-Kona
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(70 reviews)
Very friendly guys, took a bit to catch a fish but we saw bait balls, birds and whales in between and increased our local marine biology knowledge
Jonathan  H.
Jonathan H. Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Skillet Sportfishing
Skillet Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Kailua-Kona
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(56 reviews)
Captain John and Dan were great! Lots of knowledge on fishing was neat to see them set up everything to catch a fish. Was a nice day out on water sad didn’t catch a fish but that’s the way it goes! Would recommend good trip!
Bobbijo  K.
Bobbijo K. Honolulu, Hawaii
Skillet Sportfishing
Skillet Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Kailua-Kona
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(56 reviews)
Captain John provided a great experience for us. We came, we saw, and we caught a Marlin!
Colt  C.
Colt C. Honolulu, Hawaii
Skillet Sportfishing
Skillet Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Kailua-Kona
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(56 reviews)
We had a wonderful day with John and his crew, the boat was great, weather was great and we had an overall great experience. We were not lucky with our fishing venture, but it wasn’t for them not trying. Someday you catch them and sometimes you don’t. We would highly recommend the charter and will go out with them again!
Linda  O.
Linda O. Millsboro, DE
Skillet Sportfishing
Skillet Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Kailua-Kona
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(56 reviews)
An absolutely wonderful day trip fishing! The boat was immaculate. The crew was outstanding. Personable and professional in every way. I’ve done these trips from the Atlantic, the Pacific, the Gulf, and other countries and this was easily the best trip we’ve been on. The nice fish was a bonus. We tried to book again before we left but of course they were booked up. With good reason!!! The go to crew for sure!!!
Brad  T.
Brad T. Wichita, KS
Medusa Sportfishing
Medusa Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Kailua-Kona
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(70 reviews)
Arrived at departure time and all was ready to go. I and family were treated very well, instructed on exactly what was planned and what to do when we got a strike. Trolled most of the day doing all they could to get us a fish. Finally on the way back had a nice 85lb blue take one lure. My 15 yr old grandson had a dream fish to talk about. Great trip, experience, and.crew. Believe we were the only boat with a fish that day.
Matthew  M.
Matthew M. Haines City, FL
Fire Hatt Sportfishing Charters
Fire Hatt Sportfishing Charters
Fishing charter in Kailua-Kona
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(47 reviews)
The boat is great, the crew was very nice and friendly. The captain and mate were knowledgeable about overall fishing but I was surprised at how new they were to the Kona coast area. We didn’t catch anything and it probably just wasn’t our day but I think at a non discounted price I would have preferred a more Kona coast experienced crew. Overall it was a fun experience though.
Jon  R.
Jon R. Kailua-Kona, HI
Medusa Sportfishing
Medusa Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Kailua-Kona
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(70 reviews)
Literally couldn’t have been better. Catching and releasing an awesome Marlin was great, but the crew is what made the difference this morning. All around fantastic time for the family. Would recommend to anyone and will come back again.
Neil  S.
Neil S. Toronto, Ontario
Silky Sportfishing
Silky Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Kailua-Kona
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(147 reviews)
The family and I had a great time. We saw dolphin, pilot whales, a shark and we caught (and released) a blue marlin! They were super accommodating when one of my adult sons got seasick and were willing to turn our full day trip into a half day. We decided to drop him off at the harbor and keep on fishing. Glad we did because that is when we caught the marlin! Thank you, thank you!
Darrin  K.
Darrin K. Honolulu, HI