What would you recommend to anglers fishing in Honolulu, Hawaii for the first time?

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Carsten Puls
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Went fishing with Ohana Deep Sea Fishing on June 6, 2024
Note that you are going for a chance at catching some large sport fish. But it’s a chance - not a guarantee. It’s a big ocean and there are lots of variables that constantly change so it’s very possible you won’t catch anything. But you may be lucky and land an incredible once in a lifetime catch!

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Travis Woodard
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Went fishing with Private Charter Waikiki Deep Sea Fishing on June 1, 2024
Please always know that your captain and crew want to catch fish as badly as you. Sometimes they bite, sometimes they don't. If you catch fish, fantastic! If you dont, blame it on the fish. Those dudes and ladies know what they're doing and do everything possible to put you on fish. I've fished all over the world and it's about the experience. That's why we call it fishing and not catching!

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Matthew Hays
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Went fishing with Ohana Deep Sea Fishing on May 31, 2024
Again, it is called fishing, not catching. These Captains and crews know the Hawaiian waters and how to catch these local fish, and will do their very best to put you on those fish. Remember, you aren't guaranteed to catch anything, amd remember, they are professionals at their jobs and doing their very best, so give them some slack if luck is bad.

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Joseph Acquafredda
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Went fishing with Five Star Sportfishing Hawaii on May 23, 2024
Be prepared and know the fishing seasons here! Looks like it is all year round! Also be prepared for a fight of your life. Listen to your crew they know what they are doing and can help you be successful !

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Nicholas Wankum
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Went fishing with Private Charter Waikiki Deep Sea Fishing on April 21, 2024
Obviously no guarantees with fishing but I’ve been very happy with my hawaii fishing experiences and even if you don’t catch anything it’s gorgeous seeing the island from the water, especially at sunrise.

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Garrett Veltman
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Went fishing with Five Star Sportfishing Hawaii on March 7, 2024
You are on an island. When you go out a few miles you are in the middle of the ocean. The oceans swells get a bit large and at a few points we couldn’t see the island hotels. The crew are professionals and do this for a living this is very normal to them. Please treat them with the respect they deserve. You are on their boat, using their gear. It doesn’t matter if you have 100$ in fishing equipment or 30,000$. At the end of the day you can’t make the fish bite. Was well worth the trip for us and we didn’t bring a fish home.

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Eric Sheibley
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Went fishing with Ohana Sport Fishing on March 2, 2024
Bring sunblock! We did not and we definitely felt it the next day. Take pictures! It’s an experience you’ll want to look back on. And be patient! It’s still fishing. You never know when the big one is going to hit.

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Stephen Holland
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Went fishing with Five Star Sportfishing Hawaii on February 23, 2024
This was our first time fishing hawaii we had deep sea fished in tofino BC and Cancun this ocean is easily rougher make sure to take something for sea sickness before going. Would still do it again though

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Daniel Minton
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Went fishing with Five Star Sportfishing Hawaii on January 22, 2024
This was our first time fishing in Hawaii, so not sure seasonally how fishing changes. Our trip started out pretty slow but glad we booked the full day. All our fish came in the afternoon. Caught multiple Mahi-mahi.

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Randy Sizemore
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Went fishing with Sea Verse 3 on October 18, 2023
Remember it is called 'fishing' and not 'catching'. No one can control the weather, or make the fish bite. I have fished for over 50 years, so perhaps I have a bit more realistic approach, and expectations. You won't catch fish everytime you go out. When you can, and if you have the time and money, book a full day trip. It increases your chances of having a great day. Half-day charters are hard as it limits the time you have, and you may not catch the tides right.

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Drew Clausen
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Went fishing with Ohana Fun Fishing on August 26, 2023
Follow the crews instructions to keep your bait close to the bottom while not getting snagged and pretty soon you should be catching and not just fishing. Everyone in our party of 3 caught fish and only one was an experienced fisher.

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Sharon Turner
Mililani Town, Hawaii
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Went fishing with Sea Verse 3 on May 30, 2023
Know any fishing anywhere is subjected to luck. You need to plan on having a good time and be pleasantly surprised if you get a catch. You never know if you get one or not anywhere so take that into consideration.

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Jason James
La Grange, CA
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Went fishing with Five Star Sportfishing Hawaii on January 7, 2023
Reeling in a marlin is a “bucket list” experience. If you’re looking to take home fish you should look for a boat that is targeting smaller fish. If you want to take your chances to catch the fish of a lifetime and look for Marlin then I highly recommend five star fishing.

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Hung Mai
Fort Collins, CO
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Went fishing with Sea Verse 3 on August 23, 2022
Do it! It’s fishing. Not catching! But if you’re somewhat of a fisherman or outdoors person, you’d understand. Sometimes the fish has the better of you and sometimes you have the better of them. The important thing is to pay attention to the crew to see how they are changing up rigs and tactics to put you on fish!

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Andrew Wilson
Aiea, HI
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Went fishing with Ohana Fun Fishing on January 14, 2022
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

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Christine Shaw
Novato, CA
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Went fishing with Oahu Pelagic Sportfishing on May 27, 2021
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.

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Silvia Campbell
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Went fishing with Private Charter Waikiki Deep Sea Fishing on June 6, 2024
It was greatvjust know that you only can real it in and you can't cast but it was great. I would definitely recommend it we caught 7 or 8 Big tuna. The people were so nice and the help you.

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David Taylor
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Went fishing with Five Star Sportfishing Hawaii on June 4, 2024
As a fisherman I know fish aren't always caught. There are no guarantees when fishing. We caught our fish 2.5 hours into the trip thinking we would be shut out. So, be patient, enjoy the water.

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Terry Thompson
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Went fishing with Five Star Sportfishing Hawaii on May 11, 2024
Listen and learn! Hawaii fishing is a different ballgame and following directions and letting the crew share their knowledge is paramount to a successful day.

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Elizabeth Dougherty
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Went fishing with Five Star Sportfishing Hawaii on May 9, 2024
Check weather and reviews, understand that it’s fishing, not catching and catching is not guaranteed and should be treasured.

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James Goodreau
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Went fishing with Whipsaw Sport Fishing Inc. on April 17, 2024
Yes, some of our shipmates had little experience with big water fishing. They made sure to coach them as they got the fish in

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Kasandra Brown
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Went fishing with Five Star Sportfishing Hawaii on May 7, 2024
Told them what we wanted to catch and they made it happen. Just an amazing experience!

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Kent Messer
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Went fishing with Five Star Sportfishing Hawaii on April 30, 2024
Sunscreen, sunglasses, lucky fishing hat and motion sickness medicine (just in case)!!

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Michael Reedy
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Went fishing with Jigging Honolulu on April 6, 2024
Bring sunscreen, Take Dramamine be patient. Ask question to your captain/ be serious about catching fish. Be polite.

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Bob Dillon
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Went fishing with Ohana Fun Fishing on March 30, 2024
This is not for the experienced fisherman this is for rookie fishermen first time fisherman definitely not for the experience fisherman

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Sandra Hohenwarter
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Went fishing with Ohana Fun Fishing on February 13, 2024
Bring sunscreen, Swimsuit, water shoes and your luck! There are fish in the ocean. Good Luck. Well worth it! Will return to Fun Fishing.

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Jason Fowler
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Went fishing with Aloha Charters on January 30, 2024
Of course when windy it can be rough. No guarantees to catch fish so you just have to get out there and put in your time and it will pay off.

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Melanie Amatulli
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Went fishing with Five Star Sportfishing Hawaii on December 26, 2023
Be aware that the ocean can be rough. It’s not in their hands. so please don’t complain if you get sea sick.

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Andrew Potocek
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Went fishing with Ohana Fun Fishing on December 8, 2023
A three hour trip isn’t enough time to get to where the fish are and actually catch some of them. It’s a good trip for inexperienced anglers and tourists.

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Timothy White Jr.
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Went fishing with Oahu Pelagic Sportfishing on November 6, 2023
Motion sickness medication - ocean is unpredictable. Have more cash on hand to tip the captain and crew better for such a great time.