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Top Marlin (Blue) Fishing Charters in Honolulu



Marlin (Blue)

  • Size 200 to 400lbs
  • Food Value Good
  • Game Qualities Excellent
  • Habitats Offshore

Marlin (Blue) Fishing in Honolulu

The biggest Blue Marlin ever recorded was caught off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii in 1970 aboard Coreene C, a vessel which sailed out of Honolulu’s Kewalo Basin Harbor. At 1,805 lbs, “Choy’s monster” (named for the ship’s captain Cornelius Choy) was just one of many grander Blues that anglers catch here every year.

With the potential to land a catch like this on any given day, is it any wonder why Honolulu is home to some of the best deep sea fishing in the world?

When to Catch a Marlin

You can hook into a Blue Marlin 365 days a year, often within a few miles of Oahu’s coastline. Some anglers will tell you this species peaks in summer, while others will reminiscent about a grander they once caught in February.

This blue majesty is joined by Black Marlin and Striped Marlin, as well. Though less abundant, you might run into one of these prizes on any occasion. The peak season for Striped Marlin lasts roughly from December to June, whereas Black Marlin are biting most in January and February. Fishing early in the year increases your chances of landing both these species.

How to Catch a Marlin

You will see many anglers in Honolulu trolling with lures at 8-12 knots, a method which fishermen in Hawaii developed during the mid 20th century. Many local fishermen use plastic high-speed plugs made for big game fish. You can troll with smaller lures and hooks to land a 50-100 lb Striped Marlin.

In some cases, anglers also slow troll with live bait (usually Skipjack Tuna) around schooling baitfish. Billfish love feasting on these Skipjack (also called Aku) in summer, and the calendar is crowded with many Billfishing tournaments at this time of year. Many charter boats are booked a year in advance, so be sure to plan your trip ahead of time if you’re looking to land a Marlin in summer.
 

Marlin (Blue)

  • Size 200 to 400lbs
  • Food Value Good
  • Game Qualities Excellent
  • Habitats Offshore

Honolulu Marlin (Blue) Fishing Seasons

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Seasonality

Marlin (Blue) fishing in Honolulu varies slightly throughout the year. High season is June to August. Low season is January to May and September to December. There is no closed season.

What People Are Saying About Marlin (Blue) Fishing in Honolulu

"January fishing trip"

Tom Bray fished with Whipsaw Sport Fishing Inc. on January 14, 2019

Had a great time fishing we left the dock and within 15 minutes we had a fish on and caught we caught 4 very nice fish 1 mai mai 2 striped marlin and 1 blue marlin mates were great as well as the Capt.

"Full day trip Captains Tim & Jared "

Michael Gaumer fished with Waikiki Sportfishing on March 23, 2018

Tough day , seas were 4-6 swales in the morning 8-10 in the afternoon , crew worked their butts off and we were able to hook a fantastic marlin , conditions were not great , I would not hesitate book the trip again and pray for better weather , thank you Captains Tim & Jared

"Full day trip"

Dale Watling fished with Waikiki Sportfishing on April 21, 2017

My son and I enjoyed the trip. Little ruff but couches very comfortable. We had 4 take down one marlin on long enough to see it jumping. Very exciting.

Fish Species Similar to Marlin (Blue) in Honolulu

Marlin (Black)

Marlin (Striped)

Spearfish (Shortbill)

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