Fishing in Hawaii

With its seemingly endless Marlin and Tuna seasons and an unrivaled tradition of record-shattering pelagics, Hawaii remains the cradle of contemporary sportfishing. The archipelago's two most renowned angling havens - Oahu and Kona - need not much introduction to most veteran fisherfolk, and generally choose to let the record books do most of the talking; the largest Pacific Blue Marlin ever caught (1805lbs) was landed off the Oahu shoreline back in 1970, while Kona's Kaaiwai Point remains the coveted spot where the largest IGFA-certified Blue Marlin (1376lbs) got hooked in 1982. Decades later, the waterways of Hawaii continue to prove equally prolific for visiting anglers worldwide, with massive schools of Dorado and Yellowfin Tuna and the steady annual migrations of Wahoo, Blue and Striped Marlin, Spearfish and many others. And while it's true that the monster pelagics prefer prowling the deeper waters, there hasn't been a shortage of lifetime catches boated just after leaving the local harbors. In short, the blue waterways of Hawaii are used to treating the fisherman very well, as long as you respect the traditional folklore and never bring bananas on board! No one's exactly sure why Hawaiians believe bananas bring fishermen bad luck, but with 1000+lbs Marlins still very much commonplace, who's crazy enough to risk it?!

Known For

Waikiki Beach, Volcanoes National Park, Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, USS Arizona Memorial, Haleakala National Park, Mauna Kea mountain, Waimea Canyon, Diamond Head State Monument, Na Pali Coast State Wilderness Park and Kalalau Trail, Surfing paradise, Kona Coffee Farms

Rules & Regulations

No license is required for recreational saltwater fishing. A Freshwater Game Fishing License is required for the taking of certain freshwater fishes. Some marine shoreline and freshwater areas of the State are private property, and permission of the landowner is required for access.

Hawaii Fishing Calendar