Kailua-Kona

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Kailua-Kona Fishing Charters

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Kailua-Kona: 16 fishing charters available

Seelife Adventures - The Big Island

Excellent
4.5 / 5
(105 reviews)
Kailua-Kona
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trips from $665

Skillet Sportfishing

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(11 reviews)
Kailua-Kona
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trips from $763

Mariah Sportfishing – We Catch More

Excellent
4.2 / 5
(129 reviews)
Kailua-Kona
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trips from $400

Sea Strike

Excellent
4.5 / 5
(55 reviews)
Kailua-Kona
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trips from $600

Medusa Sportfishing

Excellent
4.7 / 5
(57 reviews)
Kailua-Kona
trips from $750

Go Get 'Em Sportfishing

Excellent
4.6 / 5
(267 reviews)
Kailua-Kona

Silky Sportfishing

Excellent
4.6 / 5
(126 reviews)
Kailua-Kona
trips from $680

Fire Hatt Sportfishing Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(36 reviews)
Kailua-Kona
trips from $875

High Noon Sport Fishing

Excellent
4.6 / 5
(49 reviews)
Kailua-Kona
trips from $725

Sea Baby III

Kailua-Kona
trips from $851

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Kailua-Kona

The average price for a private 4 hour Kailua-Kona fishing trip is $661, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $803 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

According to customer reviews, Seelife Adventures - The Big Island, Skillet Sportfishing, and Mariah Sportfishing – We Catch More are some of the most popular fishing charters in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. Full list of top fishing charters in Kailua-Kona.

Seelife Adventures - The Big Island, Skillet Sportfishing, and Mariah Sportfishing – We Catch More all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Kailua-Kona.

The most popular fish species you can target are Dolphin (Mahi Mahi), Blue Marlin, and Yellowfin Tuna. Top fishing techniques include heavy tackle, deep sea fishing, and trolling. Offshore fishing, nearshore fishing, and reef fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

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!

Known For

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
Excellent
4.2 / 5
Based on 25013 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

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!

Kailua-Kona Fishing Calendar

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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
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
(11 reviews)
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 return!
Antejuane  W.
Antejuane W. Red Oak, TX
Go Get 'Em Sportfishing
Go Get 'Em Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Kailua-Kona
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(267 reviews)
Tough day on the water. Captain Jim and Jimmy worked their butts off but alas, the fish weren’t biting. Couple of good guys doing what they love and you can tell. We’ll definitely book with them again next time to the Big Island.
Jeff  S.
Jeff S. Clovis, CA
Skillet Sportfishing
Skillet Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Kailua-Kona
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(11 reviews)
I highly recommend this carter! If your looking to experience a fishing trip of a lifetime you must find the “Skillet” John Burke is the captain! John and his partner really do care about your fishing experience! Everyone had great personalities! The boat was spotless, very clean. Fishing gear was very nice as well! If I ever get a chance to revisit Kailua Kona Hawaii again I will definitely be finding John and going fishing!
Matthew  T.
Matthew T. Strum, WI
Go Get 'Em Sportfishing
Go Get 'Em Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Kailua-Kona
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(267 reviews)
Great trip, got into one nice Mahi and sometimes that’s as greedy as the fishing gods allow you to get in a day! We’ll be back.
Brian  R.
Brian R. Billings, MT
Mariah Sportfishing – We Catch More
Mariah Sportfishing – We Catch More
Fishing charter in Kailua-Kona
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(129 reviews)
JAY is a great skipper, fun to spend the day with, we had 0 current and few Opportunities, but he brought in a couple yellow fin for bait, and we tried. IT'S called fishing not CATCHING, some days the conditions prevail. Will definitely book with him again, had a great time, learned alot. Thanks John Swarm
John  S.
John S. Huntington Beach, CA
Fire Hatt Sportfishing Charters
Fire Hatt Sportfishing Charters
Fishing charter in Kailua-Kona
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(36 reviews)
A great day to be out in the blue water fishing. My son in law & yep grandsons & myself really enjoyed the day. No fish were caught but that is fishing, some days you catch fish & other days not so lucky. The crew made us feel welcome & I will recommend you all to friends on mainland & when we return on vacation we will call to book again. Thanks for everything.
Michael  V.
Michael V. Georgetown, TX
Mariah Sportfishing – We Catch More
Mariah Sportfishing – We Catch More
Fishing charter in Kailua-Kona
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(129 reviews)
we had a bad experience with other charter, so booked Jay. conditions were not easy, but Captain tried every trick in his bag. He has 25 years fishing these waters and it was obvious. we did not catch any fish, but this captain works hard and we really enjoyed every minute of our charter. Book him.
Michael  M.
Michael M. Waimea, Hawaii
Medusa Sportfishing
Medusa Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Kailua-Kona
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(57 reviews)
Lance & Jack were really great at listening to what our goals were for the day & doing their best to make it happen! They spent good quality time with us by answering questions, assisting us in reeling the fish in, discussing local information, and even filleting our fish which was easy to transport & cook! The adventure is a little spendy, but our memories are worth every dollar!
Randy  W.
Randy W. Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Fire Hatt Sportfishing Charters
Fire Hatt Sportfishing Charters
Fishing charter in Kailua-Kona
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(36 reviews)
Beautiful sunrise over Kona. Water was amazing. Captain Joe & Wes were the definition of pro fishermen. Very attentive & the boat was well fitted. Will be back!
DONNA  C.
DONNA C. Estero, FL
Go Get 'Em Sportfishing
Go Get 'Em Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Kailua-Kona
Very good
4.0 / 5
(267 reviews)
Jommy was cool and worked really hard keeping the lines out trolling. We threw out the big lines hoping for a prized fish. Then we went for a bait fish and got that pretty quick. Threw that out hoping for a prize but in the end we went for some take out tuna and we’re not disappointed. Three out of four of us got to reel in a tuna. Jimmy filleted them for us and we cooked them up for dinner and they were delicious!
Patricia  M.
Patricia M. Kenosha, WI
Go Get 'Em Sportfishing
Go Get 'Em Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Kailua-Kona
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(267 reviews)
Beautiful day on the water. we saw dolphins, whales and even a tiger shark. Got to see the sun rise over a volcano so great photos there. Captain and deck hand were great and tried very hard to find fish but alas, not even a bite. the 4 star rating for overall trip was not the fault of the captain but when you spend that kind of money, it would be nice to at least touch a fishing pole
John  F.
John F. Walla Walla, Washington
Tropical Sun Sportfishing
Tropical Sun Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Kailua-Kona
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(7 reviews)
What an over-the-top experience! We had a blast and will definitely be back for more. The crew was extremely knowledgeable and the boat was well equipped with equipment and all the amenities to make you comfortable. It took a while to find a fish but after 6 hours of hunting we finally hauled in a 8ft blue marlin. Don’t look any further, book this trip!
Jeremy  K.
Jeremy K. Oak Point, TX
Medusa Sportfishing
Medusa Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Kailua-Kona
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(57 reviews)
We had a very good time, captain lance and first mate jack were very knowledgeable and friendly
William  R.
William R. Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Go Get 'Em Sportfishing
Go Get 'Em Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Kailua-Kona
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(267 reviews)
Booked the trip last minute for our kids to get a chance to go deep else fishing. Their ages ranged from 19 to 10. The whole process was extremely professional and everyone had a great time.
Kurt  K.
Kurt K. Greenwich, CT
Silky Sportfishing
Silky Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Kailua-Kona
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(126 reviews)
A four hour trip, dolphins surfing the wake! Beautiful boat with a much needed AC!! My 11 year old son caught a 600lb Blue Marlin on his own !!! Captain Dave and Camden made this an epic trip we will remember the rest of our lives!! True Aloha🤙🏼
Rob  M.
Rob M. Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Medusa Sportfishing
Medusa Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Kailua-Kona
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(57 reviews)
Awesome day on the water. Caught a 30lb wahoo right out of the harbor. Then a nice marlin later in the trip. Boat, crew and gear were top notch and super comfortable ride. Definitely recommend.
Shea  G.
Shea G. Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Go Get 'Em Sportfishing
Go Get 'Em Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Kailua-Kona
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(267 reviews)
Jim found excellent fishing grounds, spotted areas of water with the greatest possibility of strikes, led the boat just the right way to get lots of strikes, and ultimately led us to a Blue Marlin. His deckhand, James, worked the gear with superb skill, showed us all we needed to know so we could keep reeling in Bonita tunas and, ultimately, the Blue Marlin. I highly recommend Jim and his team for excellent fishing charters.
Richard  H.
Richard H. HUNTINGTN BCH, CA
Silky Sportfishing
Silky Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Kailua-Kona
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(126 reviews)
Fantastic experience. Crew was awesome and super knowledgeable and made the trip fun even though we didn’t catch anything.
Kodie  H.
Kodie H. Buena Park, CA
Fire Hatt Sportfishing Charters
Fire Hatt Sportfishing Charters
Fishing charter in Kailua-Kona
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(36 reviews)
Was a great trip. Joe and Wes were perfect with the boat and the gear. We went out and I got two Blue Marlins, both were in the 150 pound range Thanks guys, had a great time
Emil  W.
Emil W. Brook Park, Ohio
Go Get 'Em Sportfishing
Go Get 'Em Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Kailua-Kona
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(267 reviews)
It was a great day with Capt. Jim and deckhand Jimmy! We got a hit on a spearfish but it shook the hook. Soon after we landed a nice Blue Marlin and several skip Jack tuna. The crew was energetic and very attentive!
Jacob  B.
Jacob B. Willis, TX