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Always wanted to cast a line in paradise? Simply hop aboard one of the many fishing charters in Hawaii. Firstly, there’s postcard-perfect scenery, with beautiful azure waters and white sandy beaches. Even better? This island chain is bustling with world-famous fish. Hawaii is a known deep sea sportfishing haven, but that’s not where the action ends. With reefs, flats, and freshwater fishing grounds also 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 varieties, 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? You can plumb underwater structure for a variety of 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, why not try exploring 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 all be found in a variety of reservoirs and waterways, with half and full day trips on offer. They’re seasonal, which your captain will be able to tell you more about. 
 
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

species are subject to strict regulations, 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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Half day trip
Dennis R. fished with Kona Cowboy Sportfishing on January 22, 2020
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.
Good day at sea
Donald H. fished with Pacific Sportfishing LLC on January 8, 2020
keep your fishing expectations to a minimum. The boat experience was good however.
Best Charter!
Shawn S. fished with Kona Cowboy Sportfishing on December 4, 2019
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.
6 hour fishing trip with Captain Harry and 1st mate Tyler was very enjoyable for our family of four
Randall M. fished with C Lure Charters on October 3, 2019
Be certain to ask as many questions of the Captain prior to your departure regarding the number and ages of any children that you may consider taking on your charter and the amount & type of provisions/snacks that will be provided depending on the length of your trip. People that may be sensitive to motion sickness should certainly bring medication because the first mile or so out of the harbor we experienced some ruff water but eventually smoothed out once we were further out to sea.
3/4 day trip with Captain Jim And "Fish"
Gene M. fished with Go Get 'Em Sportfishing on July 29, 2019
Enjoy the ride. Keep expectations low, no stress and hope for the magic. When it happens, everyone wins!
July fishing trip
Micheal B. fished with Whipsaw Sport Fishing Inc. on July 14, 2019
Take your seasick pills and dont get upset if you dont catch its fishing you dont always catch
First choice
Linda C. fished with Bite Me Sportfishing - Bite Me 4 on July 14, 2019
Sit back and enjoy the adventure. The catch cannot be guaranteed, but the memories can
June fishing trip
Michael D. fished with Hawaii Ocean Adventure Tours on June 20, 2019
Be prepared to have fun and enjoy the experience