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Want to cast a line in paradise? Hop aboard one of the many fishing charters in Hawaii. There’s postcard-perfect azure waters and white sandy beaches to explore, as well as some world-famous fish on offer. Hawaii is a known deep sea sportfishing haven, but that’s not where the action ends. With reefs, flats, and freshwater fishing grounds on offer, you can cast off on the adventure of your dreams. 
 
Head out on a deep sea fishing excursion, and you’ll encounter year-round Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Tuna, and Billfish. In some locations, the seafloor drops to a thousand feet just a mile from shore. To get the most out of your adventure, though, a full day trip is a must. More of a reef fishing enthusiast? Plumb underwater structure for local bottom fish including Long-Tail Red Snapper (Onaga) and Short-Tail Red Snapper (Ehu) on a shorter trip. 
 
If you want to spend even less time traveling, explore Hawaii's flats for Bonefish. A half day trip is the perfect introduction to these waters, and you can even try out fly fishing. There’s plenty of inshore action for freshwater fans, too. Largemouth Bass, Peacock Bass, and Channel Catfish can be found in a variety of reservoirs and waterways, with half and full day trips on offer.
 
There’s an impressive number of departure points dotted all over the Aloha State. Big Island’s Kailua-Kona offers incredible deep sea action, Maui is home to lots of reefs (and spearfishing action!), Kauai has a great Billfish bite as well as an abundance of freshwater fish...the opportunities are endless!

 

Rules & Regulations

You don’t need a license to fish in Hawaii, unless you’re freshwater fishing. Some species are subject to strict regulations, such as Onaga and Ehu, but your captain will be able to fill you in. 
 
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January

Bigeye Tuna make for a delicious feast for offshore anglers in January. Head out and bag one for dinner, then visit the Oahu Fringe Festival to soak up the local arts scene.

February

The Maui Whale Festival gathers 20,000 visitors each year to celebrate these majestic creatures. More into fish than mammals? Shortbill Spearfish and Bigeye Tuna are both on fire.

March

Honolulu Festival manages to combine an all-out party with a genuine display of ethnic and economic solidarity. It’s worth visiting if you can tear yourself away from the Striped Marlin bite.

April

Black and Striped Marlin, Spearfish, Bigeye Tuna, Ono (Wahoo), and Mahi Mahi are all amazing in April. On the other end of the scale, this is one of the best months for Hawaii Bass fishing.

May

Blue Marlin arrive in a big way in May, joining their Black and Striped cousins for a month of incredible Billfishing. Shortbill Spearfish are also around, so you could be in with a Super Grand Slam!

June

The Hawaii Marlin Tournament Series starts in style with the Kona Kickoff and the Firecracker Open. Off the water, the Maui Film Festival is a great place to relax after a hard day at sea.

July

Tournament fever burns strong, with the Kona Throw Down and Skins Marlin Derby, not to mention the Blue Marlin World Cup. Check out the Honolulu Ukulele Festival if you get the time.

August

The Kona Shootout Big Game Tournament and Big Island Marlin Tournament give the pro teams no rest in August. Ahi (Yellowfin Tuna) are on fire, and make for the best Tuna fishing Hawaii sees all year.

September

Tournament season draws to a close with Kona’s It’s a Wrap Tournament. The whole state comes alive in an explosion of color during the month-long Aloha Festivals.

October
Want to see Hawaii through the eyes of the locals? Visit the Hawaii International Film Festival to watch locally-made documentaries about island life. Afterward, head offshore for late-season Mahi Mahi action.
 
November

The fishing tournaments may be over, but the surfers are just getting started. The Vans Triple Crown tournament series kicks off on Oahu’s breathtaking North Shore.

December

The Vans Triple Crown draws to a close, just as the Honolulu City Lights festival brings the town to life in a spectacle of seasonal cheer. Bigeye Tuna are firmly back on the menu by December.

Hawaii Fishing Calendar

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Jeff L. fished with Bite Me Sportfishing – Bite Me 3 on October 20, 2021
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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.
August fishing trip
ABE C. fished with Oahu Pelagic Sportfishing on August 18, 2021
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A Fish Tracker on the boat would be helpful.
3/4 day trip with Captain Rubin
Peter F. fished with Five Star Sportfishing Hawaii on August 9, 2021
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Do your homework and understand the season availability of the species you are targeting.
2 hour Fishing Trip
John C. fished with Oahu Pelagic Sportfishing on July 29, 2021
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Great couple of hours on the ocean with Captain Danny & first mate Issac on the Sashimi.
Good day
Shawn L. fished with Seelife Adventures on July 5, 2021
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Just remember it is fishing. You take a chance on not catching anything. But you get a great time on the water.
June fishing trip
Letha B. fished with Oahu Pelagic Sportfishing on June 22, 2021
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No matter what adventure you choose, you won't be disappointed!
3/4 day trip with capt Teoni and Brendan
Ronald M. fished with Pacific Sportfishing LLC on June 16, 2021
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Relax and enjoy the day. Fishing is fishing. Some days are great and some are not.
2 hour Trip at 6:15 am
Christine S. fished with Oahu Pelagic Sportfishing on May 27, 2021
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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.

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Hawaii

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in Hawaii costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $675, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $946. 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 Hawaii is 38 ft and the most common vessel type is a Offshore sport fishing.

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

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

The best way to experience fishing in Hawaii 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 Hawaii.

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

Want to see Hawaii through the eyes of the locals? Visit the Hawaii International Film Festival to watch locally-made documentaries about island life. Afterward, head offshore for late-season Mahi Mahi action.   Check availability for local fishing charters in Hawaii.