Deep Sea Fishing in Maui
The deep sea fishing Maui charter guides will get you on is some of the best in the US. We say will, because every day is big game day in Maui. Blue Marlin, Striped Marlin, Shortbill Spearfish, Yellowfin and Bigeye Tuna, Wahoo, and Mahi Mahi can be caught every month of the year here. You may have to travel a little further than you would on other islands, but the action offshore is well worth the journey.
What to Expect from a Deep Sea Fishing Trip
Maui’s southwest shore is sheltered from winds and waves by the surrounding islands of Moloka’i, Lanai, and Kaho’olawe. This is great for the reefs and makes it the dream winter nursery for Humpback Whales, but means that the surrounding waters are “only” a few hundred feet deep. You will need a full day trip to enjoy the best deep sea fishing out of Lahaina or Kihei. The north of Maui is ravaged by strong trade winds for most of the year, making its deep sea action unreliable at best.
But don’t worry, a standard 8-hour trip is more than enough to reach deep water. Once you get there, you’ll forget the travel time in a second. Not only will you have the awesome FAD fishing Hawaii is famous for, you will also find some of the sharpest drop-off in the whole island chain. The sea floor can drop thousands of feet in a mile or two, making for the perfect hunting grounds for monster Marlin.
In order to bring in these deep sea goliaths, you will be trolling big jet head lures or soft plastics, either on their own or with bridge teasers added to fill out the spread. Many captains also troll live, bridled Tuna when going after Billfish. For Striped Marlin, that normally means Aku (Skipjack Tuna) but if you’re set on landing Grander Marlin then you could be using Bigeye or even Yellowfin Tuna (both known as Ahi). Most of us would be happy just to have the chance to catch these guys, but they’re baitfish aboard the best charter boats in Maui! Unsurprisingly, 100-pound-plus tackle and fighting chairs come as standard on Marlin trips.
Need to Know
Be sure to talk through the fate of any Billfish before you start your trip. Unlike on the mainland, Spearfish and Marlin can be kept and sold in Hawaii. Some charter captains are strictly catch-and-release for Billfish, but many aren’t. Releasing healthy fish won’t usually be a problem as long as the captain knows that’s the plan from the start. The rest of the catch will be split between you and the crew, and the captain will make sure you have more than enough for your time in town.
Top Targeted Deep Sea Fishing Species in Maui
- Size 5 to 20lbs
- Food Value Excellent
- Game Qualities Good
- Habitats Nearshore, Offshore, Reef, Wreck