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Everybody knows of Oahu as the most popular Hawaii island, home of the state’s capital and Barack Obama. What anglers remember more than anything is that fishing here is off the hook. Oahu fishing charters can put you on the bite of an impressive number of species, you just have to choose what to target.

The fishing diversity of Oahu is fantastic. These warm Pacific waters are brimming with game fish and the seafloor drops to over 1,000 feet just a mile from shore. This means that monster pelagics like Yellowfin Tuna (Ahi), Marlin, Shortbill Spearfish, Wahoo (Ono), and Mahi Mahi are all in the cards.

There’s also plenty to fish for around Oahu’s vibrant reefs. You can go after Trevallies, Wrasse, and Triggerfish, or focus on bottom fishing and reel in Grouper, Snapper, and Green Jobfish. Sandy flats hide a strong population of Bonefish. You can even go freshwater fishing for Bass, Snakehead, and Tilapia.

As you can see, the variety of species you can catch in Oahu is fascinating. That’s why there’s a good number of Oahu fishing charters that can take you to them. You can go after bragworthy pelagics even on half day trips, because the fish feed so close to shore. If you want to battle your catch while your family is snorkeling, pick a combo excursion.

Honolulu is the fishing hub of the island where you’ll easily find a professional guide, and Haleiwa is another famous location.

Rules & Regulations

When you’re going saltwater fishing in Oahu, you don’t need a fishing license. However, if you’re exploring freshwater, you’ll need to buy a valid license. In Oahu, it’s common to keep all the fish you catch (even Billfish) and share it with the crew, so consult your captain about their release policy.

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January

Kick off the year with some awesome offshore fishing. Bigeye Tuna are in their prime this time of year, making for great trolling and a delicious meal at the end of the day. Trevally and Snapper are also biting left and right.

February

The Billfish bite picks up in February, with huge numbers of Shortbill Spearfish and Striped Marlin. The Ahi bite is on fire, and Mahi Mahi are coming into their prime, so you won’t go hungry, and you’ll have a blast on the water.

March

Enjoy some angling action at the President's Day Fishing Tournament, if you’re interested in competitive fishing. Otherwise, you’re welcome to enjoy the fabulous pelagics bite and hook into a Striped Marlin or two.

April

The rains tend to die down by April, making for productive flats fishing. Hit the shallows for awesome Bonefishing or head to the deep to battle Ono, Ahi, and Mahi Mahi, to name a few. Over at the reefs, Trevally, Snapper, and Jobfish are biting.

May

Blue Marlin start showing up in bigger numbers in May. The Striped Marlin are still around, Spearfish can be caught well into the summer, and you know what that means – this is the perfect time for a Billfish Slam!

June

June is a great month for competitive anglers. Choose between battling Giant Trevally in the Ulua Challenge, heading offshore for the Hawaiian Open, or chasing Tuna in the Ahi Shootout. For a slower pace, hit the reefs or fish for Peacock Bass in the freshwater.

July

Billfish dominate all Oahu fishing seasons but come summer, and the Blue Marlin bite is what everyone gets excited about. In the mood to fight a monster? Head to the FADs for the chance of monster Blues weighing well over 500 pounds.

August

The high temperatures in August are no joke, but the fish don’t seem to mind. One way to beat the heat is to fish at night, targeting Tuna and Swordfish. If high temperatures don’t discourage you, anything from beach fishing to bluewater is open to you.

September

Fishing is still going strong in September, with anything from Blue Marlin to Lobster on the menu. When you’re done fishing for the day, head to the annual Aloha Festival – one of the most important events on Oahu.

October

Billfish aren’t as numerous as they are in summer, but they’re still around. If you’d rather catch your own dinner, the “Deep 7” (a combo of six different Snapper species and one Grouper) are usually back on the menu by October. It’s a challenge well worth the effort.

November

The Do or Die Fishing Tournament offers fierce competition in November. Non-competitive fishermen will have a great time targeting Bigeye Tuna, as well as all the favorite reef and bottom dwellers.

December

There’s hardly a better way to spend your winter holiday than basking in the sun, with a fishing rod in your hands. Anything from Striped Marlin and Tuna to Ehu and Bluefin Trevally can be your Christmas present.

Oahu Fishing Calendar

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Do your homework and understand the season availability of the species you are targeting.
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Do your homework and understand the season availability of the species you are targeting.
Peter  F.
Peter F. New Hartford, CT
Great couple of hours on the ocean with Captain Danny & first mate Issac on the Sashimi.
4.3 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Great couple of hours on the ocean with Captain Danny & first mate Issac on the Sashimi.
John  C.
John C. Immokalee, FL
Relax and enjoy the day. Fishing is fishing. Some days are great and some are not.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Relax and enjoy the day. Fishing is fishing. Some days are great and some are not.
Ronald  M.
Ronald M. Littleton, CO
This is definitely a first time, small catch, family fun type of outing. Boat was great for a party of 4, unsure how it would be for more people. Please note, taking seasick meds with you is probably a good idea, even if you think you won't need them.
4.0 Very Good Very Good Very Good Very Good Very Good
This is definitely a first time, small catch, family fun type of outing. Boat was great for a party of 4, unsure how it would be for more people. Please note, taking seasick meds with you is probably a good idea, even if you think you won't need them.
Christine  S.
Christine S. Novato, CA
2 hour trip is reasonable price to get out on water and catch reef fish.... big stuff you wanna go half day at least.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
2 hour trip is reasonable price to get out on water and catch reef fish.... big stuff you wanna go half day at least.
Christopher  H.
Christopher H. San Leon, TX
Go with the attitude of fishing, instead of catching. If you catch something that is a plus.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Go with the attitude of fishing, instead of catching. If you catch something that is a plus.
Rey  T.
Rey T. Manvel, TX
keep your fishing expectations to a minimum. The boat experience was good however.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
keep your fishing expectations to a minimum. The boat experience was good however.
Donald  H.
Donald H. Janesville, WI
Take your seasick pills and dont get upset if you dont catch its fishing you dont always catch
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Take your seasick pills and dont get upset if you dont catch its fishing you dont always catch
Micheal  B.
Micheal B. Kihei, HI
These waters are not a "first timer" fishing - the waters can be rough. Be ready w/ a scopolamine patch!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
These waters are not a "first timer" fishing - the waters can be rough. Be ready w/ a scopolamine patch!
Jeremiah  W.
Jeremiah W. Round Rock, TX
It is deep sea fishing, so it can be rough out there. Beautiful area to fish in!
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
It is deep sea fishing, so it can be rough out there. Beautiful area to fish in!
Zack  L.
Zack L. Edgemoor, DE
It was too hot to go fishing, but not so bad in the sea. The landscape which I watched Waikiki from the sea was wonderful.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
It was too hot to go fishing, but not so bad in the sea. The landscape which I watched Waikiki from the sea was wonderful.
Younghyun  C.
Younghyun C. United States
Large variety of types of fishing and species to catch, in a beautiful area!
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Large variety of types of fishing and species to catch, in a beautiful area!
William  C.
William C. Leander, TX
Be realistic on expectations, you are fishing for a wild animal in a huge ocean ,
4.0 Very Good Very Good Very Good Very Good Very Good
Be realistic on expectations, you are fishing for a wild animal in a huge ocean ,
Michael  G.
Michael G. Newberg, OR
Arrive on time and follow all instructions from Captain and first mate. Be ready for a beautiful and fun filled day!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Arrive on time and follow all instructions from Captain and first mate. Be ready for a beautiful and fun filled day!
Janet  D.  G.
Janet D. G. Honolulu, Hawaii
Just remember that it's called fishing not catching. And when a fish bits hang on,gets very existing.
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Just remember that it's called fishing not catching. And when a fish bits hang on,gets very existing.
Dale  W.
Dale W. Honolulu, Hawaii

North Shore Tour Guide
North Shore Tour Guide
Fishing charter in Waialua
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 22 reviews
Had a blast doing some shore fishing with Tim, caught 5 different species of fish, including the Hawaiian state fish! Tim had lots of additional information about the area, good, sites to visit etc… and we found a gorgeous beach w turtles swimming around. Highly recommend this for a short, fun excursion on Oahu.
Nick  G.
Nick G. Burley, ID
Ohana Yachts
Ohana Yachts
Fishing charter in Honolulu
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 33 reviews
This has been the best part of my trip! Great customer service, accommodating & fun for everyone! I highly recommend!!!
Taylor  R.
Taylor R. Austin, TX
Oahu Pelagic Sportfishing
Oahu Pelagic Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Honolulu
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 183 reviews
The Capt. and crew did everything to put us on the fish. We would recommend this boat for sure!!
William  B.
William B. Wilmington, DE
Five Star Sportfishing Hawaii
Five Star Sportfishing Hawaii
Fishing charter in Honolulu
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 42 reviews
Awesome day on the water with Ruben and Pat. Could not have asked for a better day for a new angler with these two. Looking forward to next time!
Leigh  C.
Leigh C. Alpharetta, GA
Ohana Yachts
Ohana Yachts
Fishing charter in Honolulu
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 33 reviews
I highly recommended this boat and Crew. Was the best overall experience our crew has had. Captain and crew were friendly and knowledgeable, made the group feel welcomed from start to finish. Mahalo
Rico  M.
Rico M. Las Vegas, NV
Ohana Yachts
Ohana Yachts
Fishing charter in Honolulu
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 33 reviews
Full day for our group of 12. Had a lot of fun. Only caught one fish, but the crew was really looking along the ridges and moving us around to find fish so we can’t complain. Weather and water were great, and the crew was friendly and knowledgeable. Really enjoyed our day!
Kanchan  P.
Kanchan P. Davis, CA
Oahu Pelagic Sportfishing
Oahu Pelagic Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Honolulu
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 183 reviews
Did the two hour trip as we had a tight schedule had a great time no huge catch but caught fish none the less and really enjoyed it!
Nick  C.
Nick C. United States
Five Star Sportfishing Hawaii
Five Star Sportfishing Hawaii
Fishing charter in Honolulu
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 42 reviews
It was a good day on the water, caught two Marlin, (boated one), and an Ono, the crew worked hard to keep all the lines in the water and made sure we all knew what we were doing!
Michael  G.
Michael G. Waterville, WA
Oahu Pelagic Sportfishing
Oahu Pelagic Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Honolulu
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 183 reviews
Captain Mike and Deckhand Issac are top notch! Had a relaxing time on the water. These guys are friendly and a blast to fish with. Extremely accommodating and ensuring we had a fun. We will definitely be back but for a full day trip!
Cordero  C.
Cordero C. Estacada, OR
Ohana Yachts
Ohana Yachts
Fishing charter in Honolulu
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 33 reviews
The crew was great. Captain Andy was very good with all of us especially my 5 year old daughter. I would fully recommend them to anyone wanting to book an exceptional crew and a excellent and luxurious boat for the day.
Michael  D.
Michael D. Strasburg, CO
Pacific Sportfishing LLC
Pacific Sportfishing LLC
Fishing charter in Honolulu
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 128 reviews
Captain Joe & Sam first mate where great! Unfortunately it was a fishing day not a catching. But we still have a great time on the water. FYI don’t pay fishing booker for your balance to pay Captain. Pay Captain directly. Captain is helping with this problem so he can get payed in full.
Joe  G.
Joe G. Woodbine, MD
Flyer Sportfishing
Flyer Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Haleiwa
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 57 reviews
Had a great time for first timers. Our family learned a bunch and caught some beautiful game fish. Great Aloha spirit, relaxed and positive. Dinners back home were amazing! Thanks guys!
Chris  B.
Chris B. La Habra Heights, CA
Ohana Yachts
Ohana Yachts
Fishing charter in Honolulu
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 33 reviews
We had a great time, crew was great, very friendly & made it an overall fun experience for all of us.
Lori  S.
Lori S. Stockton, CA
Oahu Pelagic Sportfishing
Oahu Pelagic Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Honolulu
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 183 reviews
It was fantastic. Captain Rick and his crew were great. We caught fish and had a great time. Thank you.
Mark  E.
Mark E. Mount Horeb, WI
Pacific Sportfishing LLC
Pacific Sportfishing LLC
Fishing charter in Honolulu
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 128 reviews
Our family had an excellent experience with Captain Joe and his mate. We had never fished in the Ocean before but from start to finish of our 1/2 day we had wonderful weather, given clear & easy instructions. They worked hard and even stayed out a bit longer to make sure we caught a beauty of a fish. Thanks for an experience we shall not forget.
Mae  W.
Mae W. United States
Oahu Pelagic Sportfishing
Oahu Pelagic Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Honolulu
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 183 reviews
We had a great time. The captain rescued a stranded boat while we were aboard and we saw 50+ dolphins. My kids had fun catching fish and the crew was super friendly!
Michael  B.
Michael B. Marana, AZ
Oahu Pelagic Sportfishing
Oahu Pelagic Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Honolulu
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 183 reviews
The crew and captain were cool. I fish a lot so I was able to handle my own rod. Crew were friendly and helpful. Most affordable fishing on the island.
Vincent  W.
Vincent W. Fort Belvoir, VA
Oahu Pelagic Sportfishing
Oahu Pelagic Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Honolulu
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 183 reviews
Although we didn't catch anything huge we did catch a bunch. Captain Mike knew where to go and we had a lot of fun. Highly recommend...
Jay  L.
Jay L. Kansas City, MO
Oahu Pelagic Sportfishing
Oahu Pelagic Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Honolulu
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 183 reviews
Captain Mike and Co Captain Tyler were awesome! The We enjoyed deep sea fishing with them. Highly recommend
Mary  F.
Mary F. Santa Ana, CA
Pacific Sportfishing LLC
Pacific Sportfishing LLC
Fishing charter in Honolulu
4.3 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 128 reviews
Unfortunately we didn't catch any fish however we had a great time even in rough waters.
Brian  S.
Brian S. Greenback, TN

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Oahu

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in Oahu costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $711, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,148. 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 Oahu is 40 ft and the most common vessel type is a Offshore sport fishing.

According to customer reviews, Oahu Pelagic Sportfishing, Five Star Sportfishing Hawaii, and Pacific Sportfishing LLC are some of the most popular fishing charters in Oahu. Full list of top fishing charters in Oahu.

Oahu Pelagic Sportfishing, Five Star Sportfishing Hawaii, and Pacific Sportfishing LLC all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Oahu.

The best way to experience fishing in Oahu 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 Oahu.

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

There’s hardly a better way to spend your winter holiday than basking in the sun, with a fishing rod in your hands. Anything from Striped Marlin and Tuna to Ehu and Bluefin Trevally can be your Christmas present. Check availability for local fishing charters in Oahu.