Oahu Deep Sea Fishing Charters

Oahu Deep Sea Fishing Charters

Best Deep Sea Fishing Charters in Oahu

Oahu: 23 fishing charters available
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(106 reviews)
Honolulu
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trips from $1,675
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(130 reviews)
Haleiwa
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trips from $1,200
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(137 reviews)
Honolulu
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trips from $299
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(29 reviews)
Haleiwa
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trips from $1,200

Deep Sea Fishing in Oahu

If you’re one of the 5,000,000 annual visitors to Hawaii’s “Gathering Place” chances are you’ve already set your sights on the endless bluewaters offshore. The deep sea fishing Oahu has on its doorstep is so good it would be rude to pass it up. 
 
Grander Blue Marlin, hard-fighting Striped Marlin, and the last name on most Billfish bucket lists, Shortbill Spearfish, can be caught well within sight of land. You can also find tasty big game species like Yellowfin and Bigeye Tuna (Ahi), Wahoo (Ono), Mahi Mahi, and Swordfish. Oahu really is a paradise for deep sea sportfishers.
 
But so is the rest of Hawaii, you say. What makes Oahu special? Well, Honolulu has the largest charter fleet outside of Kona for one thing. It also has the most going on off the water by far. This means you can enjoy day after day of world-class sportfishing without the rest of the family getting bored. 

What to Expect from a Deep Sea Fishing Trip

The best bluewater action out of Oahu has to be FAD fishing. Over a dozen artificial Fish Aggregating Devices and many pieces of natural of flotsam surround the island, acting like oases in the vast desert of open water. If you’re looking for stunning topwater action, this is the place to be, with monster Marlin and Tuna hunting right on the surface.
 
The best thing about these spots is that most of them are just 10 miles from shore. This means that even on a half day trip you can enjoy big game action that it would usually take you several hours just to get to. You can head out, hook some Marlin or Tuna, and be back in time for lunch. Stay out the whole day, and double-digit hookups and record-breaking catches are a genuine possibility.

Oahu Fishing Seasons

The great thing about fishing in Oahu - and Hawaii in general - is that you can find most fish year-round. Different species do have their peaks over the course of the year, though. Blue Marlin are at their best during the middle of summer, while Striped Marlin peak in the spring. Yellowfin Tuna are around all through summer and into fall. Just as they move on, Bigeye Tuna show up and stick around until the end of spring, so one Ahi or the other will always be around in force.
 
The month of May has the best overall coverage if you’re after sheer variety. Anglers seeking a Billfish Slam should come this time of year, with Blue Marlin, Striped Marlin, and Shortbill Spearfish in decent numbers. If you’re the competitive type, though, you just have to visit in June. This is peak tournament season, with a half dozen events held over the course of the month. 

Oahu Fishing Techniques

Most of the deep sea fishing around Oahu comes in the form of trolling. Tuna tubes are standard issue aboard larger boats and many guides specialize in trolling live Ahi or Aku (Skipjack Tuna). If you prefer using lures, you’ll find plenty of colorful spreads cutting through the waters offshore. People have been catching Marlin on lures here before anyone on the mainland had even considered it, and inventive anglers are constantly coming up with new tricks. Just ask the guys trolling 40-inch fake Spearfish, nicknamed “Rubber Chuckers,” to tempt in monster Blue Marlin.

Need to Know

Billfish can be kept and sold in Hawaii, and many charter captains will do just that if you don’t state otherwise. Always discuss what will happen to the fish before your trip if you are a strong believer in catch-and-release. The rest of the catch will be split between you and the boat, but you almost always catch more than you can eat, anyway.
 
Oahu
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Based on 26,691 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Deep Sea Fishing in Oahu

Had alot of activity and Captain Mike worked to get us on Fish. The Mate Hannah was outstanding.
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Had alot of activity and Captain Mike worked to get us on Fish. The Mate Hannah was outstanding.
John  C.
John C. Mililani Town, Hawaii
Bring snacks, drinks and sunscreen (no banana boat sunscreen on Lucky Lass)
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring snacks, drinks and sunscreen (no banana boat sunscreen on Lucky Lass)
Michael  M.
Michael M. Kansas City, Missouri
If you think you might get sea sick take medicine night before. Waves can be a little choppy but boat is very big lots of room.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you think you might get sea sick take medicine night before. Waves can be a little choppy but boat is very big lots of room.
Jeff  D.
Jeff D. Springfield, MO
Just be aware, it’s not just a boat - the waves up north can be rough so consider gering sea sick.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Just be aware, it’s not just a boat - the waves up north can be rough so consider gering sea sick.
Melanie  A.
Melanie A. Honolulu, Hawaii
Know any fishing anywhere is subjected to luck. You need to plan on having a good time and be pleasantly surprised if you get a catch. You never know if you get one or not anywhere so take that into consideration.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Know any fishing anywhere is subjected to luck. You need to plan on having a good time and be pleasantly surprised if you get a catch. You never know if you get one or not anywhere so take that into consideration.
Sharon  T.
Sharon T. Mililani Town, Hawaii
Sunblock and a rain poncho cause it does bowls all day long, and expect to have fun
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Sunblock and a rain poncho cause it does bowls all day long, and expect to have fun
Tim  S.
Tim S. Sterling Heights, MI
Trust they will take you out to the right fishing grounds. Can be slow due to weather at times but they will bite.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Trust they will take you out to the right fishing grounds. Can be slow due to weather at times but they will bite.
Jason  M.
Jason M. San Jose, CA
Remember it's fishing. If people caught a monster fish everytime they went out, everyone would be a sport fisherman for a living.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Remember it's fishing. If people caught a monster fish everytime they went out, everyone would be a sport fisherman for a living.
Aaron  W.
Aaron W. Billings, MT
If you have never done it before eat some ginger or take a Dramamine the seas are the seas the rough but not crazy. First word advice. If you’re not used to it don’t drink on the boat I’m talking alcohol that is otherwise have a great time.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you have never done it before eat some ginger or take a Dramamine the seas are the seas the rough but not crazy. First word advice. If you’re not used to it don’t drink on the boat I’m talking alcohol that is otherwise have a great time.
Jeff  S.
Jeff S. Cudahy, WI
The fishing could be slow it could be fast you are indeed taking a risk whenever you go but I beleave you have good chances going on this charter. Prepair for big waves and lots of rocking, it will be very difficult to stand on your own without a firm handhold. Be ready to help when called on beacuse it will happen at a moment's notice.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The fishing could be slow it could be fast you are indeed taking a risk whenever you go but I beleave you have good chances going on this charter. Prepair for big waves and lots of rocking, it will be very difficult to stand on your own without a firm handhold. Be ready to help when called on beacuse it will happen at a moment's notice.
Alexander  D.
Alexander D. Genola, UT
Ask for Captain Eric, him and Lucas were excellent and explained everything very well as to what to expect and how to bring it in.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Ask for Captain Eric, him and Lucas were excellent and explained everything very well as to what to expect and how to bring it in.
RUTH  R.
RUTH R. SUGARCRK Township, OH
North Shore fishing is not like mainland fishing and can get a bit rough. Take your Dramamine the night before if you even remotely think you might get sea sick. The upside is there are some mighty big sea creatures in those waters with some really beautiful scenery!!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
North Shore fishing is not like mainland fishing and can get a bit rough. Take your Dramamine the night before if you even remotely think you might get sea sick. The upside is there are some mighty big sea creatures in those waters with some really beautiful scenery!!!
Bob  N.
Bob N. Rochester, MN
Make sure for this trip you are physically fit enough and don't get really seasick.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure for this trip you are physically fit enough and don't get really seasick.
Joshua  S.
Joshua S. Phoenix, AZ
Reeling in a marlin is a “bucket list” experience. If you’re looking to take home fish you should look for a boat that is targeting smaller fish. If you want to take your chances to catch the fish of a lifetime and look for Marlin then I highly recommend five star fishing.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Reeling in a marlin is a “bucket list” experience. If you’re looking to take home fish you should look for a boat that is targeting smaller fish. If you want to take your chances to catch the fish of a lifetime and look for Marlin then I highly recommend five star fishing.
Jason  J.
Jason J. La Grange, CA
This crew will go out of thier way to make sure you get a fish. They tried everything and it ended up working out. Amazing knowledgeable crew that was fun. Definitely would book again!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
This crew will go out of thier way to make sure you get a fish. They tried everything and it ended up working out. Amazing knowledgeable crew that was fun. Definitely would book again!!
Adam  S.
Adam S. Cottage Grove, MN
Set your expectations. It's called fishing and not catching for a reason but the Captain and crew did their very best.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Set your expectations. It's called fishing and not catching for a reason but the Captain and crew did their very best.
Susan  M.
Susan M. San Antonio, TX
Do it! It’s fishing. Not catching! But if you’re somewhat of a fisherman or outdoors person, you’d understand. Sometimes the fish has the better of you and sometimes you have the better of them. The important thing is to pay attention to the crew to see how they are changing up rigs and tactics to put you on fish!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Do it! It’s fishing. Not catching! But if you’re somewhat of a fisherman or outdoors person, you’d understand. Sometimes the fish has the better of you and sometimes you have the better of them. The important thing is to pay attention to the crew to see how they are changing up rigs and tactics to put you on fish!
Hung  M.
Hung M. Fort Collins, CO
Fishing is an experience, and not all about the catch. Bring a chill attitude, relax, soak in the environment and if the fish are willing, you'll bring them in.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fishing is an experience, and not all about the catch. Bring a chill attitude, relax, soak in the environment and if the fish are willing, you'll bring them in.
John  C.
John C. Seattle, Washington
Go with a apt Steve and Hayley… Ohanu Fishing is great. Capt Steve knows his stuff
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go with a apt Steve and Hayley… Ohanu Fishing is great. Capt Steve knows his stuff
Ben  M.
Ben M. United States
Use a reputable charter and pay attention to the captain. It definitely paid off for my family.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Use a reputable charter and pay attention to the captain. It definitely paid off for my family.
Robert  D.
Robert D. Lawton, OK

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