Honolulu Giant Trevally Fishing Charters

Honolulu Giant Trevally Fishing Charters

Best Giant Trevally Fishing Charters in Honolulu

Honolulu: 7 fishing charters available

Hawaii Ocean Adventure Tours

Excellent
4.4 / 5
(65 reviews)
Haleiwa
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $145

Lucky Lass Haleiwa Charters

Excellent
4.7 / 5
(14 reviews)
Haleiwa
trips from $550

Pearl Fishing Oahu

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(14 reviews)
Haleiwa
trips from $1,200

Giant Trevally Fishing in Honolulu

Giant Trevally
  • Size 20 to 50lbs
  • Food Value Good
  • Game Qualities Excellent
  • Habitats Nearshore, Offshore, Reef

(Caranx ignobilis)

If any fish in the shallow waters of Honolulu can rival the excitement of deep sea fishing, it’s Ulua. Ulua is the local name for Giant Trevally (GT), but some anglers refer to all Trevally species by this name. A close second is Papio, a name for the same fish which only applies when he’s less than 20 lbs (or by some definitions, under or 10 or 15 lbs).

Ulua near the coast of Oahu can reach up to 100 lbs in size, sometimes even 180 lbs. Locals consider this fish to be hands-down the most exciting thing you can hook into from shore. Even Papio, though small by comparison, puts up a mean fight. He also tastes better, making this little guy a highly sought-after game fish in Honolulu.

How to catch Ulua and Papio

Fishermen in Honolulu and across Oahu have developed highly specialized techniques for catching Ulua and Papio. The most popular method is fishing from shore, using a technique known as slide-baiting.

Slide-baiting involves heavy tackle, such as stiff 12-14’ rods and trolling reels in 6/0-9/0. Anglers cast an unbaited line with a heavy sinker and a stopper into the water. At the end of the line is a hook, which tangles in the seafloor below to keep the line secured in place. Anglers then attach their bait (moray eel, octopus, or baitfish) to the line using a slide buckle and let the bait slide down the line. The stopper keeps the bait several feet above the sinker.

Another shore fishing method used to target Ulua is whipping—casting baits or lures and retrieving them quickly and erratically. Anglers usually use this technique over structures like reefs, with large plugs and poppers or whole baits. Locals recommend Oama (goatfish), Blennies, and squid as bait.

You can use the same method to catch Papio, using small plastic lures, feather jigs, stick baits, or diving crank baits. These fish are not terribly picky, so don’t fret over color and other nuances. Whatever you do, aim for a quick retrieve so you can get lots of attention from any fish nearby.

You can whip for Ulua using a 7-9’ rod and 15-20 lb test line. Try skimming your bait along the surface at high speed. Or try letting it sink a little before pulling it towards the top on your retrieve. Allowing your bait to fall somewhere mid-level before retrieving it could land you a Papio.

Yet another method to try is dunking, casting bait (shrimp, octopus, squid) on hooks and sinker rigs. You can dunk in channels and sandy-bottomed bays, even using a surfboard or kayak to reach deeper water before casting.

You can also target Ulua while fishing inshore aboard a boat. Anglers hook into this species while fishing with light tackle, fly fishing, jigging, and popping.

Where to Catch Ulua and Papio on Oahu

Some local spots for shore fishing near Honolulu include Bamboo Ridge, Diamond Head, The Waikiki end of Ala Moana Park, the Kakaako Waterfront Park, Ewa Beach Park, and the nearby Oneula Beach Park.

You can also fish from a series of piers at Pearl Harbor, Sand Harbor, and Wailua Bay. You might have luck fishing for Ulua and Papio at any of the above if your timing is right.

Heading to Ka’Ena Point near the north of Oahu will lead you to really big Ulua. Don’t be surprised if you see a lot of local fishermen camping out in the area, often shore fishing for Ulua for days on end.

Ideal locations to slide-bait for Ulua are remote, rocky cliffs where you can reach water 100+ feet deep within a 60-100 yard cast. Be sure you are prepared to hoist the fish out of the water. This might mean bringing a gaff on a rope if you are fishing from a cliff that does not provide a clear path to the edge of the water.

For the best shore fishing on Oahu, befriend a few local anglers and ask for their recommendations—there are plenty of secret spots!

When to Fish

The peak season for Ulua fishing on Oahu is from April to July. You will see Papio near shore around the same time of year, though the exact months vary.

Many anglers will tell you that slide-baiting works best at night. You might even hook into a Yellowfin Tuna or Mahi Mahi while you’re at it! Using weighted flies trimmed with luminescent material or luminescent strips/worms will yield a variety of Panfish. 

If you’re more inclined to fish at daylight, aim for first or last light. As a general rule of thumb, fish moving tides for the best results.

Honolulu Giant Trevally Fishing Seasons

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Seasonality

Giant Trevally fishing in Honolulu varies slightly throughout the year. High season is May to September. Low season is January to March and November to December. There is no closed season.
Honolulu
Excellent
4.1 / 5
Based on 24,785 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Giant Trevally Fishing in Honolulu

Use a reputable charter and pay attention to the captain. It definitely paid off for my family.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Use a reputable charter and pay attention to the captain. It definitely paid off for my family.
Robert  D.
Robert D. Lawton, OK
I picked a trip that would be good for first timeers...kids. I was completely satisfied with the whole trip.
Excellent
4.3 / 5
I picked a trip that would be good for first timeers...kids. I was completely satisfied with the whole trip.
Paula  L.
Paula L. Columbiana, AL
Make sure the captain and crew are knowledgeable about what you are catching. There are a lot of endangered species or illegal to catch fish in hawaii so if not could get in some big trouble real fast
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure the captain and crew are knowledgeable about what you are catching. There are a lot of endangered species or illegal to catch fish in hawaii so if not could get in some big trouble real fast
Andrew  W.
Andrew W. Aiea, HI
Take a shorter trip before jumping in big. This trip would be good for kids greater than 12
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Take a shorter trip before jumping in big. This trip would be good for kids greater than 12
Glen  S.
Glen S. Cochrane, AB
Fishing anywhere is unpredictable; fish don’t bite, aren’t there, the weather is crappy, the water is turbulent, etc. The experience is worth it.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fishing anywhere is unpredictable; fish don’t bite, aren’t there, the weather is crappy, the water is turbulent, etc. The experience is worth it.
Donna  C.
Donna C. Sun Valley, NV
Do your homework and understand the season availability of the species you are targeting.
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Do your homework and understand the season availability of the species you are targeting.
Peter  F.
Peter F. New Hartford, CT
Great couple of hours on the ocean with Captain Danny & first mate Issac on the Sashimi.
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Great couple of hours on the ocean with Captain Danny & first mate Issac on the Sashimi.
John  C.
John C. Immokalee, FL
Relax and enjoy the day. Fishing is fishing. Some days are great and some are not.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Relax and enjoy the day. Fishing is fishing. Some days are great and some are not.
Ronald  M.
Ronald M. Littleton, CO
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.
Very good
4.0 / 5
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.
Christine  S.
Christine S. Novato, CA
2 hour trip is reasonable price to get out on water and catch reef fish.... big stuff you wanna go half day at least.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
2 hour trip is reasonable price to get out on water and catch reef fish.... big stuff you wanna go half day at least.
Christopher  H.
Christopher H. San Leon, TX
Go with the attitude of fishing, instead of catching. If you catch something that is a plus.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go with the attitude of fishing, instead of catching. If you catch something that is a plus.
Rey  T.
Rey T. Manvel, TX
keep your fishing expectations to a minimum. The boat experience was good however.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
keep your fishing expectations to a minimum. The boat experience was good however.
Donald  H.
Donald H. Janesville, WI
Take your seasick pills and dont get upset if you dont catch its fishing you dont always catch
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Take your seasick pills and dont get upset if you dont catch its fishing you dont always catch
Micheal  B.
Micheal B. Kihei, HI
It is deep sea fishing, so it can be rough out there. Beautiful area to fish in!
Excellent
4.7 / 5
It is deep sea fishing, so it can be rough out there. Beautiful area to fish in!
Zack  L.
Zack L. Edgemoor, DE
It was too hot to go fishing, but not so bad in the sea. The landscape which I watched Waikiki from the sea was wonderful.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It was too hot to go fishing, but not so bad in the sea. The landscape which I watched Waikiki from the sea was wonderful.
Younghyun  C.
Younghyun C. United States
Large variety of types of fishing and species to catch, in a beautiful area!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Large variety of types of fishing and species to catch, in a beautiful area!
William  C.
William C. Leander, TX
Be realistic on expectations, you are fishing for a wild animal in a huge ocean ,
Very good
4.0 / 5
Be realistic on expectations, you are fishing for a wild animal in a huge ocean ,
Michael  G.
Michael G. Newberg, OR
Arrive on time and follow all instructions from Captain and first mate. Be ready for a beautiful and fun filled day!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Arrive on time and follow all instructions from Captain and first mate. Be ready for a beautiful and fun filled day!
Janet  D.  G.
Janet D. G. Honolulu, Hawaii
Just remember that it's called fishing not catching. And when a fish bits hang on,gets very existing.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Just remember that it's called fishing not catching. And when a fish bits hang on,gets very existing.
Dale  W.
Dale W. Honolulu, Hawaii