What would you recommend to anglers fishing in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii for the first time?

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Dino Delic
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Went fishing with Huntress Sport Fishing - Legendary Boat on April 25, 2024
Kona is a special big game fishery. After talking to different captains and experiencing it firsthand, it's clear that this isn't a place for bottom fishing. Just a few miles out, you're in for some serious action. They don't mess around with small fish here. In fact, they call 150-pound Marlins 'rats' because they're considered small in these waters. Kona boasts a rich history of boats reeling in Granders (1,000lbs+ Blue Marlins). And that's exactly what we encountered. We headed out on a six-hour trip and trolled the whole time. Each fish put up a strong fight, and you really had to work hard to reel them in. We managed to hook two Spearfish and briefly had a 400-pound Blue Marlin on our line (unfortunately, we lost it). Billfish is typically released on most of the boats, and even when it isn't released, it goes to the boat. Other fish such as Wahoo and Mahi are given to the customer, and there are a few restaurants offering 'hook and cook'.

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Joe Fraas
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Went fishing with Konadice Sportfishing on June 5, 2024
My son’s first time fishing in open ocean and he caught a chance of a lifetime blue marlin (160 lbs.) about an hour into fishing. Amazing crew was so helpful and supportive of my 14 year old getting this fish in by himself. An amazing day and on for the books!!! Recommend to everyone!!

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Kyle Stapper
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Went fishing with Makana Lani Fishing on June 5, 2024
Keep in mind the trip can fit 4, but 3 was better for us to be able to move around on the boat easier. Also if taking a child, 10 and up is best as the strength needed to reel in the catch is significant. Even my wife had a slightly hard time reeling in her 35 lb wahoo

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Mike Mangieri
Waikoloa Village, HI
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Went fishing with Konadice Sportfishing on March 14, 2023
Hard to say. We got lucky. We had a great crew and time. We went with the expectation of just having a good boat ride with the hope we could land some fish. We got lucky. They did all they could to make it happen. Most of all be wary of the reviews. I wanted to fill my freezer and you get caught up reading negative peoples reviews on all the different charters. Even though there aren't many. Go out with the expectation for a great day on the ocean and if you are lucky like we were you might land some fish. Three out of 5 of us had zero experience but my out of town buddies have family that run commercial fishing boats on the east coast. Not that my friends did this but if you think you should be the captain or know more than the deck hand maybe a charter isn't a good idea. However. Captain Jim will allow you to leave the deck hand and run it yourself to a certain degree. Then you can blame yourself for catching nothing. I tried to get my buddy to be the deck hand and he just laughed. Point is just go to have a good time.

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Zachary Everett
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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Went fishing with Ocean Blue Kona on March 5, 2024
There is everything here in kona. Shore casting, bottom fishing , wahoo, dorado, tuna, its a heck of a fishing ground. While you cant always target a specific species with absolute success there is always something swimming in the neighborhood.

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Anthony Verch
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Went fishing with Makana Lani Fishing on March 27, 2024
Make sure to bring a hat and sunscreen. Pack a small cooler of your favorite drinks and some snacks for the trip. Not every time you will catch something but that’s why they call it fishing not catching.

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Kelly Davey
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Went fishing with Reel Escapes Hawaii on March 30, 2024
You are booking a fish trip for a trophy fish; not everytime are you going to hook up. I personally have gone on 3 charter trips and this is the only one that ended in success. Its a great way to see the island and hear stories as well.

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Jay Weiner
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Went fishing with Fire Hatt Sportfishing Charters on March 29, 2024
Find the crew at Fire Hatt. They are super professional and friendly. We brought our four- and six-year-olds. They might have been a bit too young. I think it might be better for, maybe, an 8-year-old or 10-year-old. Sean and Jason were great with our little kids, but the boys struggled a bit with four hours on the boat. But, all in all, it was a great experience for the adults.

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Leathie Bickmore
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Went fishing with Silky Sportfishing on December 13, 2023
Sea-sickness is real - please take some Meclizine (Bonine) the night before if you've never been on a boat. We saw lots of Marlin, but Mahi Mahi was scarce today, and Ono (Wahoo) is out of season in December mostly. Do not expect to catch fish all the time!! Sometimes the fish bite and sometimes they don't, it's just how fishing goes. There is nothing the crew can do about it except to keep trying!! The weather is fantastic, bring sunscreen, lots of water, and a windbreaker. The fish are incredibly strong, expect to be sore the next day and maybe need some help reeling it in.

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Tom Clark
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Went fishing with Skillet Sportfishing on September 21, 2023
Listen to what the crew is telling you. They are a wealth of information and only want you to have a fun time and catch fish. This was my first time sitting in the chair waiting for a hit on a line. It's pretty darn exciting when it finally happens and you get to start reeling in your catch!!

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Aaron Stanley
Wilsonville, OR
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Went fishing with Bite Me Sportfishing – Bite Me 3 on September 11, 2023
Try a half day trip here before going on longer ones if you’ve never tried. Seasickness is real and miserable. Luckily I was ok but it was there. Someone else on our boat started puking 15 min in. Poor girl. At least she caught a fish too.

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Jackson Yeung
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Went fishing with Mariah Sportfishing – We Catch More on June 16, 2023
You are not going to find a more picturesque and idyllic place to fish than right here on the Big Island. From the crystal clear deep blue waters to the deep ocean just mins from the harbor, Kailua-Kona is among the best places that I have fished in the world.

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David Lyon
Concrete, WA
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Went fishing with Nasty Habit Sport Fishing on June 16, 2023
Always remember why its called fishing, not catching and think of catching as a bonus, because it should be about the moments you share with family and friends, old as well as the new you meet and make on your adventure. We met some of nicest,friendliest new people on out trip!

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Jason Hoyle
Honolulu, HI
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Went fishing with Skillet Sportfishing on June 1, 2023
Go out for a bucket list trip. Fishing starts right out of the harbor. The boat also stays close to shore due to the very close deep water so should be especially easy for most people prone to motion sickness.

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Ray Wilber
Arvada, CO
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Went fishing with Skillet Sportfishing on March 25, 2023
Just get out there! Book ahead of time - they fill up quickly. It is great fishing conditions most days, and any bad weather tends to blow through quickly. I was there 12 days, and could have fished every day with no problems. Bring your own food and drink, but dont get drunk - if you aren't used to the water, you will likely get sick if you are drunk.

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Jason Finley
United States
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Went fishing with Mariah Sportfishing – We Catch More on July 28, 2019
Get a captain that will stay awake and that wants to put you on fish. I love to fish, grew up in South Florida fishing all the time, I've been looking forward to coming out here fishing for over a year now, and it was nothing but a waste of time and money. Thank you fishbooker

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Gary McAfee
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Went fishing with Skillet Sportfishing on May 28, 2024
Remember Their are no guarantees that you will catch fish. You are paying for a chance at catching the fish of a lifetime!!!!

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Rod Balke
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Went fishing with Konadice Sportfishing on May 28, 2024
Wasn’t my first time going out on a charter but both captain and first mate spent time making sure my party knew exactly what to do in order to make the trip a success.

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Will Ledbetter
Garland, Texas
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Went fishing with Granders University Kona Fishing Charters on April 28, 2024
The Kona coast is a wonderful place to fish, the bottom drops off quickly so you can see the shore all the time you are fishing.

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Shana Antonissen
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Went fishing with A'u Struck Sportfishing on April 11, 2024
Not a ton of bites the day we went out, but the bite we caught was a big one! Short-billed spearfish :-)

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Kimberlee Seals
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Went fishing with Silky Sportfishing on April 16, 2024
Go out with an open mind and enjoy the time on the water! It’s beautiful and peaceful even if the catching isn’t going how you’d like!

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Anthony Ott
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Went fishing with Sea Strike on June 3, 2024
Be patient, we were near the end of our 4 hour excursions when we hooked up on both trips.

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Travis Howard
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Went fishing with Silky Sportfishing on April 11, 2024
If you have anyone within your party who may get seasick, be sure to take some sort of dramamine the evening before. Do not wait until you get on the boat. The crew was extremely understanding.

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Frank Hahnenberg
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Went fishing with Makana Lani Fishing on April 3, 2024
You may want to have some medicine for seasickness. Otherwise take your family and have a good time.

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Jonathan Bowie
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Went fishing with A'u Struck Sportfishing on March 10, 2024
Really fun, just go into it understanding that the fish fight hard and that you may not catch anything.

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Jacob Fernow
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Went fishing with Konadice Sportfishing on March 4, 2024
Book with Kona Dice, great knowledge and they will put you on a fish. The captain and first mate work their tails off and make this the best possible decision.

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Mike Diemer
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Went fishing with Konadice Sportfishing on February 17, 2024
Fishing in Kona is not always catching fish, sometimes it is just a long boat ride. The weather is usually great though.

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Vanessa Brower
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Went fishing with Reel Escapes Hawaii on February 1, 2024
If you're looking to land a trophy, Kailua-Kona is the place. But if you're a large group, looking catch a lot of fish this probably not the location.

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Mark Stanford
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Went fishing with Reel Escapes Hawaii on January 28, 2024
Beautiful, warm days on the water! Fishing was slower than other months but you’re still chasing fish and enjoying beautiful views. Pick the right crew and any day is memorable.

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Lynette Standley
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Went fishing with Skillet Sportfishing on January 19, 2024
Bring snacks and water. We didn’t catch fish but I don’t know if that was seasonal or weather-related.