Honolulu Deep Sea Fishing Charters

Honolulu Deep Sea Fishing Charters

Best Deep Sea Fishing Charters in Honolulu

Honolulu: 30 fishing charters available
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(4 reviews)
Honolulu
Trips from US $1,360
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(244 reviews)
Honolulu
Trips from US $1,439
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(24 reviews)
Honolulu
Trips from US $1,300
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(10 reviews)
Honolulu
Trips from US $421
Excellent
4.3 / 5
(212 reviews)
Honolulu
Trips from US $315
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(20 reviews)
Honolulu
Trips from US $1,360
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(16 reviews)
Honolulu
Trips from US $2,688
Excellent
4.3 / 5
(21 reviews)
Honolulu
Trips from US $375

Deep Sea Fishing in Honolulu

Anglers the world over flock to Oahu for a chance to revel in the deep sea fishing Honolulu is famous for. Here you can hook into a variety of Billfish including Sailfish, Spearfish, and three kinds of Marlin. Add to that a list of sought-after names including Tuna, Mahi Mahi, and Wahoo, and you might never leave!

What to Catch and When to Target it

The star of Honolulu’s deep sea fishing scene is Blue Marlin. You can target this species all year, with the potential to land a grander Blue (1,000+ lbs) at any time. Some of the largest Marlin are caught within just a few miles of shore. Other Billfish off the coast of Honolulu include Striped and Black Marlin, Sailfish, and the Pacific Shortbill Spearfish.

An equally sought-after prize is Yellowfin Tuna (also called Ahi, though some use this term in reference to all local Tuna species). Yellowfin Tuna usually swim past Oahu from June through September, but in some years they appear as early as March. If you fish near Waianae on the west coast of Oahu, you can be the first to target Yellowfin as they head toward the island.

You can catch Bigeye, Skipjack, and Kawakawa Tuna (a close relative of the Skipjack) year-round. Skipjack Tuna peak from June through August, whereas you can land a large Bigeye Tuna by trolling lures in winter. Kawakawa Tuna is never abundant, but the possibility of hooking into one is always open. Albacore Tuna show up in late July and stay until October. Most fishing for Albacore is commercial, conducted at night when this species comes to the surface to feed.

The deep sea fishing Honolulu has to offer doesn’t end there. Mahi Mahi, Ono (Wahoo), large Sharks, and a variety of bottom fish are biting throughout the year. Your chances of catching a Mahi Mahi are good all year, but this fish tends to peak in April or May and again in October. Ono is most prevalent from June through August.

How to Fish

You can target most of Honolulu’s deep sea game fish by trolling. Local anglers use various methods based on what they know to be tried and true. Their techniques often combine modern technology with traditional methods and tricks from Hawaii and various countries in the Pacific.

Trolling for Billfish

Many local anglers troll for Marlin at high speed (8-12 knots) using plastic lures. Hawaiian fishermen pioneered this technique in the mid 20th century and it continues to work for them.

You can target Spearfish on light tackle. One method involves trolling hookless teasers to lure the fish to the boat. Once you are able to assess the size of the fish by sight, you can toss in a pre-rigged bait.

Targeting Tuna

Tuna fishing in Honolulu takes on many forms. You can expect to troll for most Tuna species, using anything from live bait or cut bait to birds, lures, shell lures, and octopus skirts.

When Yellowfin Tuna are hungry, a pack of them might attack a spread of 4 to 5 lines. On the other hand, there are times when the Tuna will not bite at all.

Tuna fishing specialists are known to use streamlined jet-style lures skirted with plastic tails in color combinations such as pink, yellow, and brown or silver, green, blue, and yellow. Lures are rigged with nylon instead of wire, and armed with a single tune-bend hook. Local anglers troll these lures at 10-12 knots.

If you come aboard for an overnight trip to target Albacore Tuna, you are likely to target this species by drift fishing at night when they emerge near the surface. Anglers lure Albacore to the boat using lights and chum. You might hook into an 80+ lb fish using this method.

You can target Kawakawa Tuna by trolling, jigging, or baiting. Though less common to catch than other Tuna species, Kawakawa is an aggressive feeder and will bite whatever you have in the water when he swims by.

Mahi Mahi and Ono

You can usually find Mahi Mahi near drifting objects or flotsam. When the time is right, you could even reel in 20-100 of these feisty fish. The biggest Mahi Mahi usually bite while anglers are trolling lures for bigger game fish like Marlin. However, the most thrilling method is to chug popping plugs on casting gear.

Mahi Mahi tend to like buoyant, level-riding plugs. Many local anglers use surf board material to create the right effect.

The Ono in Honolulu average 20-40 lbs. You can target these fish along nearshore ledges by trolling with working jet lures, leadhead jigs, and skirted plastic lures.

Bottom Fishing

Many Honolulu deep sea fishing charters also give you a chance to bottom fish for something scrumptious. Swimming in the deep sea around Oahu are the likes of Snapper, Grouper, Amberjack, Barracuda, and Trevally.

The Amberjack and Trevally in these parts can reach over 100 lbs in size, while the Barracuda can reach up to 80 lbs. Dropping jigs or whole baits 400-600 feet below will help you reel in any of the above. Snapper and Grouper have an appetite for hooks baited with strips of squid.

Honolulu
Excellent
4.3 / 5
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What anglers said about Deep Sea Fishing in Honolulu

Fishing is hard to review, because you can't make a fish bite the hook. They strike when they want too! We went for 6 hours pretty hard and didn't catch anything big, so that was disappointing. I'm not sure when's the best time to fish Hawaii, but we didn't have much luck the 3rd week of June.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fishing is hard to review, because you can't make a fish bite the hook. They strike when they want too! We went for 6 hours pretty hard and didn't catch anything big, so that was disappointing. I'm not sure when's the best time to fish Hawaii, but we didn't have much luck the 3rd week of June.
Ohana Yachts
Ohana Yachts
Do research on type of fishing/charters (trolling, jigging etc) Wear sunblock, hat, bring anti nausea meds if you need it. Don’t have high expectations don’t expect to catch fish. Have fun make memories,
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Do research on type of fishing/charters (trolling, jigging etc) Wear sunblock, hat, bring anti nausea meds if you need it. Don’t have high expectations don’t expect to catch fish. Have fun make memories,
Oahu Pelagic Sportfishing
Oahu Pelagic Sportfishing
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Private Charter Waikiki Deep Sea Fishing
Private Charter Waikiki Deep Sea Fishing
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!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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!
Ohana Deep Sea Fishing
Ohana Deep Sea Fishing
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.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
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.
Five Star Sportfishing Hawaii
Five Star Sportfishing Hawaii
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!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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!
Private Charter Waikiki Deep Sea Fishing
Private Charter Waikiki Deep Sea Fishing
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Ohana Deep Sea Fishing
Ohana Deep Sea Fishing
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 !
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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 !
Five Star Sportfishing Hawaii
Five Star Sportfishing Hawaii
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Five Star Sportfishing Hawaii
Five Star Sportfishing Hawaii
Check weather and reviews, understand that it’s fishing, not catching and catching is not guaranteed and should be treasured.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Check weather and reviews, understand that it’s fishing, not catching and catching is not guaranteed and should be treasured.
Five Star Sportfishing Hawaii
Five Star Sportfishing Hawaii
Told them what we wanted to catch and they made it happen. Just an amazing experience!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Told them what we wanted to catch and they made it happen. Just an amazing experience!
Five Star Sportfishing Hawaii
Five Star Sportfishing Hawaii
Sunscreen, sunglasses, lucky fishing hat and motion sickness medicine (just in case)!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Sunscreen, sunglasses, lucky fishing hat and motion sickness medicine (just in case)!!
Five Star Sportfishing Hawaii
Five Star Sportfishing Hawaii
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Private Charter Waikiki Deep Sea Fishing
Private Charter Waikiki Deep Sea Fishing
Yes, some of our shipmates had little experience with big water fishing. They made sure to coach them as they got the fish in
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Yes, some of our shipmates had little experience with big water fishing. They made sure to coach them as they got the fish in
Whipsaw Sport Fishing Inc.
Whipsaw Sport Fishing Inc.
Yes, this is a great trip for beginners or seasoned fisherman. Really great experience overall.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Yes, this is a great trip for beginners or seasoned fisherman. Really great experience overall.
Ruckus Sportfishing And Diving
Ruckus Sportfishing And Diving
Bring sunscreen, Take Dramamine be patient. Ask question to your captain/ be serious about catching fish. Be polite.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring sunscreen, Take Dramamine be patient. Ask question to your captain/ be serious about catching fish. Be polite.
Jigging Honolulu
Jigging Honolulu
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.
Excellent
4.3 / 5
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.
Ohana Sport Fishing
Ohana Sport Fishing
Pack a lunch, sunblock, and lots of water. If you have motion sickness get some scopalmine
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Pack a lunch, sunblock, and lots of water. If you have motion sickness get some scopalmine
Whipsaw Sport Fishing Inc.
Whipsaw Sport Fishing Inc.
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
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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
Five Star Sportfishing Hawaii
Five Star Sportfishing Hawaii
Winter fishing season has its calm days but be prepared to work hard on a rough day.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Winter fishing season has its calm days but be prepared to work hard on a rough day.
Oahu Pelagic Sportfishing
Oahu Pelagic Sportfishing

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