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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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Just like fishing anywhere. There’s a reason they call it fishing and.not catching…. Lol. It’s still a great time.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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
You are able to have lines in the water right out of the harbor. Beautiful scenery. Great place to fish
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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
Don’t expect to catch anything so if you do it’ll be a great bonus. Fish don’t always cooperate with anglers so go with the flow and enjoy your time out on the ocean.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Don’t expect to catch anything so if you do it’ll be a great bonus. Fish don’t always cooperate with anglers so go with the flow and enjoy your time out on the ocean.
Dennis  R.
Dennis R. Kailua-Kona, HI
Call Captain Shawn on the Kona Cowboy to book your charter. I have never met a more enthusiastic captain that showed how much he loves to fish.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Call Captain Shawn on the Kona Cowboy to book your charter. I have never met a more enthusiastic captain that showed how much he loves to fish.
Shawn  S.
Shawn S. Kailua-Kona, HI
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.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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
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!
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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!
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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

Medusa Sportfishing
Medusa Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Kailua-Kona
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 26 reviews
From Florida used to fishing the gulf but this was definitely an experience of a life time. The Captain Lance and First Mate Jack were amazing! If I ever come back to Hawaii I will take this charter again. Well worth it.. highly recommend the full day charter!! Thank you guys for having us.
Connie  F.
Connie F. Honolulu, Hawaii
Medusa Sportfishing
Medusa Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Kailua-Kona
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 26 reviews
The crew was very professional and helpful making the voyage safe and enjoyable for all. A covered compartment was available on this vessel for sun protection. I’d never been deep sea fishing, but the crew provided instructions and were very patient, teaching me safe basic techniques. I caught two good sized mahi-mahi and following that we enjoyed our scrumptious fresh catch of the day when the day was done! Thank you, Captain Lance and Scott for a memorable and enjoyable experience!
George  W.
George W. United States
Mariah Sportfishing – We Catch More
Mariah Sportfishing – We Catch More
Fishing charter in Kailua-Kona
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 64 reviews
Wonderful day with Jay. Extremely nice gentleman and very attentive to real amateurs. Also very knowledgeable about his trade. You can tell he does this because he loves it. Caught a beautiful 200lb Blue Marlin. And his prices are extremely fair. Keeps cost down by not hiring a deck hand but has no trouble taking care of everything If you are looking for a great day then this is your man. A real PRO
Chuck  K.
Chuck K. United States
Mariah Sportfishing – We Catch More
Mariah Sportfishing – We Catch More
Fishing charter in Kailua-Kona
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 64 reviews
Although we didn’t catch any fish I had a great day on the water B.S.I got with captain Jay
Scott  L.
Scott L. Orangevale, CA
Ohana Sportfishing Adventures
Ohana Sportfishing Adventures
Fishing charter in Kailua-Kona
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 37 reviews
Captain Rob put us on the fish quickly. Within first hour we had 3 mahi-mahi on the boat. I would charter this boat again
Kevin  M.
Kevin M. Waimea, Hawaii
Medusa Sportfishing
Medusa Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Kailua-Kona
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 26 reviews
Lance and Jack were great on the trip today. They helped orient me and then got me into a nice Blue Marlin. We had another one on for a while that provided a lot of exciting jumps before it threw the hook. This was a great trip. I would recommend them to anyone.
Bruce  O.
Bruce O. United States
Mariah Sportfishing – We Catch More
Mariah Sportfishing – We Catch More
Fishing charter in Kailua-Kona
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 64 reviews
Great trip I had an awesome catch that was a 250lbs blue marlin thanks to jay, only thing was he kept the fish, I would have like to have a piece and he left it to up to us to call it an early day so it was a 6 hr out of an 8 hr trip, that’s ok after an awesome catch and had plenty of plans for my trip
Victor  R.
Victor R. Corona, CA
Mariah Sportfishing – We Catch More
Mariah Sportfishing – We Catch More
Fishing charter in Kailua-Kona
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 64 reviews
Captain Jay was very friendly and professional, we had a very good time. Definitely will book again.
Asa  C.
Asa C. Redwood City, CA
Mariah Sportfishing – We Catch More
Mariah Sportfishing – We Catch More
Fishing charter in Kailua-Kona
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 64 reviews
It was a really nice experience. Caught a 20lb Mahi Mahi within the first hour.
Ashnil  S.
Ashnil S. Sacramento, CA
Medusa Sportfishing
Medusa Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Kailua-Kona
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 26 reviews
Landed a 7 foot 250 lb Blue Marlin. It was the experience of a lifetime. Capt. Lance and Asst. Capt. Jack are first class. Experienced, knowledgeable, and did everything they could to get me the fish I wanted. Taught me how to really fish in a relaxed environment. Boat is classic and includes everything. Great day on the water. Highly recommend. Thank you.
Robert  G.
Robert G. Honolulu, Hawaii
Medusa Sportfishing
Medusa Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Kailua-Kona
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 26 reviews
Enjoyable boat captain and crew. Fish weren’t biting but still an enjoyable experience. They tried hard!
Gary  H.
Gary H. Santa Ana, California
Medusa Sportfishing
Medusa Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Kailua-Kona
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 26 reviews
Our family had an amazing time on our trip! We went at 6am, for 6 hours, with Lance and Jack, and it was great. It was much calmer fishing off Kona than off O'ahu, and both of the kids caught a blue marlin, around 150lb/95in. each. We also saw an entire pod of dolphins, all around the boat, playing in the wake and by the bow. Would definitely recommend this tour - the captain obviously knows where he's going and what he's doing.
Andy  V.
Andy V. Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Mariah Sportfishing – We Catch More
Mariah Sportfishing – We Catch More
Fishing charter in Kailua-Kona
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 64 reviews
I went out for a full day excursion with Jay. His boat is well set up for fishing and while no fish were caught, it wasn't for lack of effort. All boats out that day seemed to hit the skunk. I would certainly go out fishing with Jay again.
Warren  H.
Warren H. San Jose, California
Medusa Sportfishing
Medusa Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Kailua-Kona
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 26 reviews
Experience of a lifetime. Lance & John are awesome guys with tons of knowledge and experience. Caught a 130 pound Yellowfin Tuna that I will never forget. I recommend this charter without a doubt. I will be going back out on their boat the next chance I get! Mahalo! 🤙🏼
Jacob  P.
Jacob P. San Clemente, CA
Medusa Sportfishing
Medusa Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Kailua-Kona
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 26 reviews
Beautiful day and scenery. Both guys were nice and informative, good conversation. Only caught one fish but it will feed us for a couple of days! Thanks again
Matthew  M.
Matthew M. Honolulu, Hawaii
Ohana Sportfishing Adventures
Ohana Sportfishing Adventures
Fishing charter in Kailua-Kona
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 37 reviews
Great team and very knowledgeable. The team was committed to creating an overall positive experience for me and my two kids. Will definitely use their services again.
Jason  R.
Jason R. Hollister, CA
Medusa Sportfishing
Medusa Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Kailua-Kona
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 26 reviews
Great day with Lance and John CAught 1 mahi mahi Hooked a marlin but got away They took great care of us and kept working the Area heavy with birds
William  C.
William C. Vacaville, CA
Medusa Sportfishing
Medusa Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Kailua-Kona
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 26 reviews
Great time with lance and John Caught ax mahi mahi Had a marlin on but got away
William  C.
William C. Vacaville, CA
Ohana Sportfishing Adventures
Ohana Sportfishing Adventures
Fishing charter in Kailua-Kona
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 37 reviews
What a great trip on the Ohana! This was our 5th blue marlin caught in Kona waters. Our 16 year old son was able to real in this beautiful fish. The crew was very accommodating and helpful. They went way beyond our expectations. We highly recommend fishing on the Ohana!! We will definitely book our next fishing trip on the Ohana!!
Nordell  G.
Nordell G. Honolulu, Hawaii
Medusa Sportfishing
Medusa Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Kailua-Kona
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 26 reviews
Had a great day fishing with Captain Lance and deck hand John. Many years experience with these two. They definitely knew what they were doing and went out of there way to make us feel comfortable. I mentioned I did not want to fish for Marlin I only wanted to fish for ono, mahi-mahi and ahi tuna. Lance did a great job catching us some fish to eat while we are here on the island. I would definitely recommend this charter.
Kyle  L.
Kyle L. United States

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Kailua-Kona

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in Kailua-Kona costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $637, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $763. These prices are based on trips booked on our site recently.

Prices will vary depending on trip length, fishing technique, as well as the type and size of the boat you booked. However, to give you an indication, the average boat size in Kailua-Kona is 39 ft and the most common vessel type is a Offshore sport fishing.

According to customer reviews, Seelife Adventures, Medusa Sportfishing, and Sea Strike are some of the most popular fishing charters in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. Full list of top fishing charters in Kailua-Kona.

Seelife Adventures, Medusa Sportfishing, and Sea Strike all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Kailua-Kona.

The best way to experience fishing in Kailua-Kona is to book a private charter with a licensed fishing guide. See the full list of charters available for online booking here: List of fishing charters in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

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

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! Check availability for local fishing charters in Kailua-Kona.