Kauai Deep Sea Fishing Charters

Kauai Deep Sea Fishing Charters

Best Deep Sea Fishing Charters in Kauai

Deep Sea Fishing in Kauai

Kauai may not have the huge crowds of Honolulu or the sportfishing fame of Kona, but for the adventurous angler that just means more open water and less competition. And it doesn’t really matter when you go. The deep sea fishing Kauai charters specialize in landing monster Blue and Striped Marlin all year round, and the Tuna bite is out of this world! So let the crowds swarm Big Island and Waikiki Beach, you’ve got mile after mile of deep, calm water all to yourself in Kauai!

What to Expect from a Deep Sea Fishing Trip

Kauai really puts the “deep” in deep sea fishing. The sea floor drops 1,000 feet just a couple of miles from shore, and hits bedrock 10,000 feet down under an hour’s cruise away. What this means for you is that you can battle some of the biggest pelagic predators on the planet and be back for an early lunch. Your lines will be in the water as soon as you leave the dock and even half-day trips can land you Blue and Striped Marlin, Yellowfin and Bigeye Tuna, and much more besides.
 
Head out on a full day trip, and the extra fishing time could see you hooked into a Billfish Grand Slam. Shortbill Spearfish may not be anyone’s favorite Billfish, but they put up one heck of a fight for their size. Couple them with the Monster Blues and speedy Stripes offshore, and you could have your name in the IGFA’s hall of fame! Again, this is something that can theoretically happen all year round, Kauai’s bluewater bite is just that good.
 
With so much open ocean, you would imagine it might be difficult to find fish. Luckily, the whole island is surrounded by FADs, drawing every fish for miles around. There are half a dozen permanent FADs within easy reach of Lihue, not even counting the natural flotsam washed out from the island. These means reliable topwater action for all your favorite sea monsters, from Marlin and Spearfish to Tuna, Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, and Sharks.

Fishing Techniques

Most Kauai deep sea charters focus on trolling to bring in the biggest fish. You could be using a selection of lures, depending on your captain’s preference. Some like elaborate spreads with colorful teasers trolled at different depths. Others keep it simple, pulling four hooked lures and nothing else. Many guides also like to troll live Tuna when going after monster Blue Marlin. It’s a sign of how big the Marlin get here when you’re using Yellowfin Tuna as bait!

Need to Know

The catch is always divided between the boat and the clients in Hawaii, and fish over 70 pounds often stay with the boat. We’ve never tried taking an 80-pound Yellowfin on a flight before, but we’re pretty sure it doesn’t count as your carry-on baggage. Enjoy your day and take some fish to eat on your trip - your captain will happily fillet it for you.
 
One thing to bear in mind is that keeping and selling Billfish is perfectly legal in Hawaii. Understandably, many anglers are against this. If you’re one of them, be sure to talk it through with your captain to avoid a nasty surprise when you hook that dream Blue Marlin. Most captains don’t mind releasing healthy Billfish when asked, but they will often change tactics if that’s the plan. 
Kauai
Excellent
4.2 / 5
Based on 28,542 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Deep Sea Fishing in Kauai

Every fishing trip is fun. Sometimes it is a day anglers dream of! That is the day we had- the fishing day of a lifetime!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Every fishing trip is fun. Sometimes it is a day anglers dream of! That is the day we had- the fishing day of a lifetime!
Blue Water Fishing LLC
Blue Water Fishing LLC
This was our first time in December as well. Reach out to your captain prior to departure to see what the swell and Temps might be so you know what to wear. Shorts were appropriate. Wear flip flops so you can easily remove prior to entering the cabin.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
This was our first time in December as well. Reach out to your captain prior to departure to see what the swell and Temps might be so you know what to wear. Shorts were appropriate. Wear flip flops so you can easily remove prior to entering the cabin.
Makai Sportfishing
Makai Sportfishing
We had a great day and caught a bunch of fish. Please note that we have had trips without catching anything, it is that way sometimes. You will enjoy this crew and this boat regardless
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We had a great day and caught a bunch of fish. Please note that we have had trips without catching anything, it is that way sometimes. You will enjoy this crew and this boat regardless
Apex Kauai Luxury Sport Fishing Charters–A/C
Apex Kauai Luxury Sport Fishing Charters–A/C
The experience of being on the ocean was worth the price of admission. It’s fishing, not catching, so don’t expect nonstop action. The captain put us on some small yellowfin at the start, so we all had fish to eat. We boated a 20 pound yellowfin and lost a nice mahi-mahi right at the boat. I did a trip at the Big Island a few years ago and had a similar experience in terms of fish at the boat. Ocean was bumpy but probably normal. Not an issue for me.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The experience of being on the ocean was worth the price of admission. It’s fishing, not catching, so don’t expect nonstop action. The captain put us on some small yellowfin at the start, so we all had fish to eat. We boated a 20 pound yellowfin and lost a nice mahi-mahi right at the boat. I did a trip at the Big Island a few years ago and had a similar experience in terms of fish at the boat. Ocean was bumpy but probably normal. Not an issue for me.
Makai Sportfishing
Makai Sportfishing
Try and time your trip with good weather (low winds and swells). We had great weather and it added to our experience.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Try and time your trip with good weather (low winds and swells). We had great weather and it added to our experience.
Makai Sportfishing
Makai Sportfishing
As would all fishing trips, you never know what you might catch, or not catch, keep that in mind first.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
As would all fishing trips, you never know what you might catch, or not catch, keep that in mind first.
Makai Sportfishing
Makai Sportfishing
There is a great bite but small fish. Where there’s small fish there’s big fish tho! Capt said fishing is very hit or miss right now, so you catch what you can and hope for the big one! Coming back for my 100 lb’er
Excellent
5.0 / 5
There is a great bite but small fish. Where there’s small fish there’s big fish tho! Capt said fishing is very hit or miss right now, so you catch what you can and hope for the big one! Coming back for my 100 lb’er
Blue Water Fishing LLC
Blue Water Fishing LLC
Not sure what the seas are like year round but the sea was rough today and the fish were biting
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Not sure what the seas are like year round but the sea was rough today and the fish were biting
Makai Sportfishing
Makai Sportfishing Honolulu, Hawaii
I would recommend sun glasses we forgot ours. And a cooler with ice to bring any meat back home. Unless you never get motion sickness the 4 hour trip is perfect. Other wise takes 8 hour trip.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I would recommend sun glasses we forgot ours. And a cooler with ice to bring any meat back home. Unless you never get motion sickness the 4 hour trip is perfect. Other wise takes 8 hour trip.
Apex Kauai Luxury Sport Fishing Charters–A/C
Apex Kauai Luxury Sport Fishing Charters–A/C
I did not have any set expectations as this was my first trip to Lihue - was satisfied with the results
Excellent
4.7 / 5
I did not have any set expectations as this was my first trip to Lihue - was satisfied with the results
Blue Water Fishing LLC
Blue Water Fishing LLC Akeley, MN
Days can be cool to start and hot at the end, bring a jacket and sunscreen at the same time. Drink lots of water!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Days can be cool to start and hot at the end, bring a jacket and sunscreen at the same time. Drink lots of water!
Makai Sportfishing
Makai Sportfishing Aurora, CO
I came in late November, so fishing was slowing down. I expected that, but it was actually a great day to go fishing and we caught Mahi-Mahi and Tuna. Great place to go and not crowded.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I came in late November, so fishing was slowing down. I expected that, but it was actually a great day to go fishing and we caught Mahi-Mahi and Tuna. Great place to go and not crowded.
Makai Sportfishing
Makai Sportfishing Mount Selman, TX
If the idea is to catch fish, there are definitely fish out there. The family that was out there on Captain Harry's boat before us caught four nice size tunas, we caught one. For us on our trip, the weather was great, the waves were not too high, no one got sea sick, and it was a great way to spend four hours.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If the idea is to catch fish, there are definitely fish out there. The family that was out there on Captain Harry's boat before us caught four nice size tunas, we caught one. For us on our trip, the weather was great, the waves were not too high, no one got sea sick, and it was a great way to spend four hours.
Blue Water Fishing LLC
Blue Water Fishing LLC Pleasanton, CA

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