Hawaii Deep Sea Fishing Charters

Hawaii Deep Sea Fishing Charters

Best Deep Sea Fishing Charters in Hawaii

Top Deep Sea Fishing Charters in Hawaii

Deep Sea Fishing in Hawaii

If you’ve never tried the deep sea fishing Hawaii is so famous for, let us to explain why you should get on a plane right now. Hawaii is the battleground for many of the ocean’s apex predators. Blue, Black, and Striped Marlin all show up here, as do Shortbill Spearfish, Swordfish, Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, and both Yellowfin and Bigeye Tuna. You’re never going to be short of big game battles here!
 
The fish are only half the picture, though. Hawaiian charter boats are large, well-equipped, and helmed by experienced captains. They have to be, with so much competition and such a high bar of what to target. Then there are the islands themselves – stunning, green mountains rising from 10,000 feet of water in just a few miles. You really couldn’t find a more dramatic place to go fishing.

What to Expect from a Deep Sea Fishing Trip

Hawaii is not just one place. Every island is a little different, and your trip will also be different depending on where you go. Big Island is the most famous when it comes to sportfishing. Kailua-Kona (often known simply as “Kona”) is one of the greatest deep sea playgrounds on the planet. The current world record Blue Marlin was caught out of Kona, and the Hawaii Marlin Tournament Series is held here each year.
 
Oahu also has an incredible big game bite. It’s easier to get to and has a lot more going on off the water in the bustling streets of Honolulu. Kauai is the least-visited of Hawaii’s major islands, but that just means more fish for you! Buoys surround the “Garden Isle”, acting as FADs and making for incredible topwater action, even by local standards. Then you have Maui, which people sometimes write off for “needing to travel too far.” Their loss is your gain, because being the only boat out is well worth a half-hour cruise, especially with the stunning setting you’ll find here (think mountains, whales, and tropical sunshine).

Deep Sea Fishing Techniques

Trolling is the most common tactic for targeting Marlin. This is no “throw out a few lines and see what happens” fishery, though. You can expect complex spreads of dredges, spreaders, teasers, lures, and live or skirted baits. Many charter captains also throw kites into the mix, especially when going after Mahi Mahi or Tuna (known locally as Ahi).
 
If you’re looking for something a little more specialized (by which we mean difficult) you can also try deep sea fly fishing. Striped Marlin are incredible fun on the fly, and landing a Blue Marlin on fly gear is the ultimate ambition of many seasoned anglers. The main way to do this is to troll unhooked teasers behind the boat to “bait” the fish, then “switch” your teasers out for a well-placed fly at the last second. Sounds easy, right? It’s not.

Fishing Seasons

You can catch all of Hawaii’s top pelagic predators year-round. They do have high seasons, so timing your trip is the key to success if you’re after a particular species. Black and Striped Marlin are best in spring, while Blue Marlin and Yellowfin Tuna are best in the heat of summer. Spearfish peak throughout the first half of the year, while Mahi Mahi and Wahoo (AKA Ono) tie the spring and summer seasons together. They show up in force mid-spring and stay until the middle of summer. Even in the depths of winter, there are a ton of tasty Bigeye Tuna (also known as Ahi) to target.
 
Tournament season kicks off in June, so visiting towards the end of May can be a great way to enjoy epic battles without fighting the crowds at the dock. Otherwise, the weather is actually better over the winter, so you can enjoy your time off the water even more.
 
No matter when you go, you can always find huge fish, great boats, seasoned crews, and a stunning backdrop for your day on the water. And what more do any of us really want in life? So next time you’ve got a few spare days or a family vacation coming up, why not take a trip to the Paradise of the Pacific? It’s more than earned its name.
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Reviews of Fishing in Deep Sea Fishing in Hawaii

Chilling with Ty and Mark
Christopher H. fished with Oahu Pelagic Sportfishing on April 11, 2021
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2 hour trip is reasonable price to get out on water and catch reef fish.... big stuff you wanna go half day at least.
Sea Verse III, A Great, Relaxing and Friend-Making Trip
Rey T. fished with Sea Verse 3 on April 8, 2021
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Go with the attitude of fishing, instead of catching. If you catch something that is a plus.
March fishing trip
Michael M. fished with Silky Sportfishing on March 29, 2021
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Experience is awesome just make sure what time of year you go and remember that it’s called fishing not catching.
Hats off to captain Rick
Daniel M. fished with Oahu Pelagic Sportfishing on February 15, 2021
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Make sure you use Oahu pelagic sport fishing and no one else top notch
Half day trip
Dennis R. fished with Kona Cowboy Sportfishing on January 22, 2020
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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.
Good day at sea
Donald H. fished with Pacific Sportfishing LLC on January 8, 2020
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keep your fishing expectations to a minimum. The boat experience was good however.
Best Charter!
Shawn S. fished with Kona Cowboy Sportfishing on December 4, 2019
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Call Captain Shawn on the Kona Cowboy to book your charter. I have never met a more enthusiastic captain that showed how much he loves to fish.
6 hour fishing trip with Captain Harry and 1st mate Tyler was very enjoyable for our family of four
Randall M. fished with C Lure Charters on October 3, 2019
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Be certain to ask as many questions of the Captain prior to your departure regarding the number and ages of any children that you may consider taking on your charter and the amount & type of provisions/snacks that will be provided depending on the length of your trip. People that may be sensitive to motion sickness should certainly bring medication because the first mile or so out of the harbor we experienced some ruff water but eventually smoothed out once we were further out to sea.

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