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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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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.
May fishing trip
Jamison B. fished with Pacific Sportfishing LLC on May 5, 2021
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Would been better if we caught some fish
3/4 day trip
Hank A. fished with Silky Sportfishing on May 4, 2021
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You are able to have lines in the water right out of the harbor. Beautiful scenery. Great place to fish
Chilling with Ty and Mark
Christopher H. fished with Oahu Pelagic Sportfishing on April 11, 2021
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2 hour trip is reasonable price to get out on water and catch reef fish.... big stuff you wanna go half day at least.
Sea Verse III, A Great, Relaxing and Friend-Making Trip
Rey T. fished with Sea Verse 3 on April 8, 2021
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Go with the attitude of fishing, instead of catching. If you catch something that is a plus.
March fishing trip
Michael M. fished with Silky Sportfishing on March 29, 2021
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Experience is awesome just make sure what time of year you go and remember that it’s called fishing not catching.
Hats off to captain Rick
Daniel M. fished with Oahu Pelagic Sportfishing on February 15, 2021
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Make sure you use Oahu pelagic sport fishing and no one else top notch

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Hawaii

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

Oahu Pelagic Sportfishing, Seelife Adventures, and Sea Strike 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 top 8 fish species targeted on guided fishing trips in Hawaii are:

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. Check availability for local fishing charters in Hawaii.