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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.

Fish Species Similar to Marlin (Blue) in Honolulu

Marlin (Black)

Marlin (Striped)

Spearfish (Shortbill)

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