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

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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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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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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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Darren Goff
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Went fishing with Mariah Sportfishing – We Catch More on September 7, 2023
Check the fishing calendar . I knew I could still catch a blue marlin in September . But June and July are better .

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Howie Cameron
Mesa, AZ
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Went fishing with Maggie Joe Sportfishing – Maggie Joe on September 5, 2023
Don’t expect to catch the trophy fish but the captain will do everything he can to put you on the fish. Bring lots of snacks, food and drinks.

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Jori Nate
Honolulu, Hawaii
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Went fishing with Medusa Sportfishing on August 11, 2023
They told us that not much was biting but they would give it a try for us. 2 hours we had fish on.

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Madi Rose
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Went fishing with A'u Struck Sportfishing on September 20, 2023
No fish were caught, apparently that was the case for the other boats out today.

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Mac Vosbeck
Helena, MT
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Went fishing with High Noon Sport Fishing on August 28, 2023
Enjoy and be patient, its a great experience. Captain Kevin and Jason are great guys!

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Ly Foung Vang
Charlotte, North Carolina
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Went fishing with Mariah Sportfishing – We Catch More on June 29, 2023
Always remember that fishing is not all about catching, but meeting new people and making friends for life.

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Edward Pigan
Mililani Town, Hawaii
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Went fishing with Konadice Sportfishing on June 6, 2023
Bring plenty of drinks, take your anti nausea pills BEFORE you go out ( there are waves, it is the ocean afterall ) and prepare to have fun and catch fish. Enjoy the ride as well!

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Joseph Bishop
San Diego, CA
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Went fishing with Silky Sportfishing on May 29, 2023
Blue waters and calm seas in May. Blue marlin are just showing up and many other species are possible.

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Ray Krause
Los Alamos, NM
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Went fishing with Skillet Sportfishing on May 14, 2023
Know what you want to catch, whether you want to keep any fish and let the captain know ahead of time. We did and were very happy with the level of effort the captain exhibited.

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Bruce Thomas
Riverbank, CA
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Went fishing with Konadice Sportfishing on March 28, 2023
Follow instructions by crew and have a great time. They're there to help all the way through the fight, of a fish and to give you an awesome experience.

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Adrienne Aronson
Durango, CO
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Went fishing with Hooked Up Sportfishing on July 20, 2022
Don't expect to catch something, expect to have a great time on the water, then if you do catch something......Bonus!!!

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Jeff LaCasse
United States
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Went fishing with Bite Me Sportfishing – Bite Me 3 on October 20, 2021
Just like fishing anywhere. There’s a reason they call it fishing and.not catching…. Lol. It’s still a great time.

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Bobby Lucas
Great Falls, Montana
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Went fishing with Silky Sportfishing on August 6, 2021
Cant give a great thumbs up since we didn't even see anything or get a bite in 6 hours. But it was nice out.

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Hank Allen
Bellingham, WA
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Went fishing with Silky Sportfishing on May 4, 2021
You are able to have lines in the water right out of the harbor. Beautiful scenery. Great place to fish

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Michael McNulty
Columbia, SC
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Went fishing with Silky Sportfishing on March 29, 2021
Experience is awesome just make sure what time of year you go and remember that it’s called fishing not catching.

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Dennis Ryan
Kailua-Kona, HI
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Went fishing with Bama Bandit Sport Fishing on January 22, 2020
Don’t expect to catch anything so if you do it’ll be a great bonus. Fish don’t always cooperate with anglers so go with the flow and enjoy your time out on the ocean.

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Joanie Hansen
Omaha, Nebraska
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Went fishing with Mariah Sportfishing – We Catch More on March 12, 2019
Depends on the day, for fishing, but you could not ask for a better captain. regardless of fish. Great price for private time. We will request him again.

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Mike Kokot
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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Went fishing with Hooked Up Sportfishing on March 17, 2019
Beyond....With Captain Jim from Go Get Em !!!! He knows the true secrets of a great captain and delivered

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Yeng Yang
Westminster, CO
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Went fishing with Maggie Joe Sportfishing – Maggie Joe on July 13, 2023
Yes best time of the year to catch big Marlin's in the best premiere fishing location of the world.

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Chelsea Hendrickson
Sugar Land, TX
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Went fishing with Fire Hatt Sportfishing Charters on July 6, 2023
You have to know there is no guarantee when you book these trips- these guys were amazing!!!

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Jeremy Frier
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Went fishing with Konadice Sportfishing on June 1, 2023
Make sure you are clear on exactly where you are meeting. We made a mistake, but was all on me.

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Rusty Parker
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Went fishing with Medusa Sportfishing on April 12, 2023
Be patient. It's called fishing, not catching, for a reason. Good luck to everyone who goes out.

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Larry Hiyakumoto
Los Angeles, California
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Went fishing with Konadice Sportfishing on October 13, 2022
Kailua-Kona is a great place to fish! Waters are usually very calm and the scenery awesome!