Hawaii Bottom Fishing Charters

Hawaii Bottom Fishing Charters

Best Bottom Fishing Charters in Hawaii

Hawaii: 22 fishing charters available
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(31 reviews)
Haleiwa
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trips from $1,150
Excellent
4.6 / 5
(377 reviews)
Kailua-Kona
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Excellent
4.8 / 5
(151 reviews)
Haleiwa
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trips from $1,200
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(130 reviews)
Honolulu
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trips from $1,675

Bottom Fishing in Hawaii

In the heart of the Pacific, you may think that big game fishing reigns supreme, but bottom fishing in Hawaii is also a great way to explore these rich waters. The 50th state offers reef fishing like nowhere else, with crystal clear waters that are home to exotic fish. Test your skills and strength and see another side to these tropical islands.

What fish can I catch?

Expect some colorful, dazzling, and delicious species when you come bottom fishing in Hawaii. The productive reefs attract a range of beautiful creatures looking to feast on some smaller life forms. Monsters like Barracuda, Trevallies, Jobfish, and Snappers are the main attractions, with Jacks, Bonefish, and many more providing a star-studded supporting cast.

What to Expect

There’s something for everyone when fishing the reefs in Hawaii, with bottom fishing giving even first-timers the chance to land a beauty. Trips last from a couple of hours to a full day on the water, allowing avid anglers the chance to put their skills to the test, too. 
 
As most captains also offer offshore fishing excursions, you’ll most likely be fishing from an offshore sportfishing boat. These professional outfits feature everything you need for a productive day, so sit back and enjoy the ride on a cheaper alternative to big game trips.
 
If you’re looking for something a bit different, exploring the reefs by kayak is also an option. Test your balance and strength as you try to reel one in while sitting just on the water!

Where and When to Go

Two of the beauties of bottom fishing in Hawaii are that there’s never a bad time nor a bad place to go. Each of the islands are home to year-round populations of incredible bottom-dwelling fish. Just keep an eye on the strict fishing seasons for some creatures.
 
On the “big” island of Hawaii itself, Kailua-Kona offers the best chance of a bottom fishing charter. In fact, this spot is renowned as one of the world’s best sportfishing spots, so come and see what all the fuss is about. 
 
If you’re staying in the capital, Honolulu, then a trip to sea is a great way to escape the hustle and bustle and discover the real Hawaii, while Haleiwa is also a hub on the north of Oahu island. 
 
Finally, the northernmost island, Kaua, also offers plenty in the way of fishing. Hop aboard a charter in Eleele in the south or Princeville in the north and away you go!

How to Prepare

Your fishing license will be covered aboard any professional saltwater fishing charter in Hawaii, so that’s one less thing to worry about. Under the guidance of an experienced captain, you’ll have all the gear and support you need for a productive day out. All you need to do is grab some drinks and snacks and come aboard.
 
If you’re looking for an incredible trip in some of the world’s most pristine waters, Hawaii bottom fishing is for you. Come aboard and make some lifelong memories!
Hawaii
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Based on 27,942 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Bottom Fishing in Hawaii

Listen to your captain and deck hand! Otherwise you might not have the strength to get that trophy to the boat.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Listen to your captain and deck hand! Otherwise you might not have the strength to get that trophy to the boat.
Jeff  H.
Jeff H.
Life's short if your looking here you already want to do it. Book now you will not regret it!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Life's short if your looking here you already want to do it. Book now you will not regret it!
Travis  M.
Travis M.
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.
Brandt  S.
Brandt S.
I don't get see sick,but my graddaughter got very sick ,so bring something fot it.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I don't get see sick,but my graddaughter got very sick ,so bring something fot it.
Nenad  Z.
Nenad Z.
Trust your Captains as they are the more experienced ones when it comes to fishing in these waters and you’ll also catch fish!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Trust your Captains as they are the more experienced ones when it comes to fishing in these waters and you’ll also catch fish!
Steven  S.
Steven S.
Motion sickness medication - ocean is unpredictable. Have more cash on hand to tip the captain and crew better for such a great time.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Motion sickness medication - ocean is unpredictable. Have more cash on hand to tip the captain and crew better for such a great time.
Timothy  W.  J.
Timothy W. J.
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.
Joe  W.
Joe W.
This was a great 2 hour fishing adventure could have spent more time with Captain Rick and enjoying the views. Thanks
Excellent
5.0 / 5
This was a great 2 hour fishing adventure could have spent more time with Captain Rick and enjoying the views. Thanks
Scott  C.
Scott C.
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.
Paul  P.
Paul P.
Understand that North Shore Oahu going into the winter can be on the rougher side
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Understand that North Shore Oahu going into the winter can be on the rougher side
Trisha  F.
Trisha F.
Remember it is called 'fishing' and not 'catching'. No one can control the weather, or make the fish bite. I have fished for over 50 years, so perhaps I have a bit more realistic approach, and expectations. You won't catch fish everytime you go out. When you can, and if you have the time and money, book a full day trip. It increases your chances of having a great day. Half-day charters are hard as it limits the time you have, and you may not catch the tides right.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Remember it is called 'fishing' and not 'catching'. No one can control the weather, or make the fish bite. I have fished for over 50 years, so perhaps I have a bit more realistic approach, and expectations. You won't catch fish everytime you go out. When you can, and if you have the time and money, book a full day trip. It increases your chances of having a great day. Half-day charters are hard as it limits the time you have, and you may not catch the tides right.
Randy  S.
Randy S.
Sit back and enjoy you are in good hands they will take care of baiting everything overall, it’s a great family experience
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Sit back and enjoy you are in good hands they will take care of baiting everything overall, it’s a great family experience
Tim  W.
Tim W.
I booked a different trip and it was not exactly what I hoped... this was a true fishing boat with crew to match. Would absolutely go out with them again.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I booked a different trip and it was not exactly what I hoped... this was a true fishing boat with crew to match. Would absolutely go out with them again.
Jeff  M.
Jeff M.
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
Zachary  R.
Zachary R.
Yes, save a little money and go with Captain Jay - He is budget friendly and knows his stuff!
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Yes, save a little money and go with Captain Jay - He is budget friendly and knows his stuff!
Seth  C.
Seth C.
Don’t go with expectations of catching the 1000lb trophy fish. Got have a good time with great views and a great crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Don’t go with expectations of catching the 1000lb trophy fish. Got have a good time with great views and a great crew
Brandon  R.
Brandon R.
If you go out with the expectation that you are going on a sightseeing trip and fish are just a bonus, you’ll have a great day.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you go out with the expectation that you are going on a sightseeing trip and fish are just a bonus, you’ll have a great day.
James  S.
James S.
It's fishing, not catching. Don't have expectations, just enjoy the experience. It's a magical place and you will have memories for a lifetime.
Excellent
4.3 / 5
It's fishing, not catching. Don't have expectations, just enjoy the experience. It's a magical place and you will have memories for a lifetime.
Jeff  M.
Jeff M. Bernardsville, NJ
Relax and enjoy the day it's fishing....The Captain's are doing there best to get you fish we were lucky enough to get 3 Skip Jjacks Mahalo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Relax and enjoy the day it's fishing....The Captain's are doing there best to get you fish we were lucky enough to get 3 Skip Jjacks Mahalo
Kenneth  K.
Kenneth K. Ocean View, HI
Listen to what the crew is telling you. They are a wealth of information and only want you to have a fun time and catch fish. This was my first time sitting in the chair waiting for a hit on a line. It's pretty darn exciting when it finally happens and you get to start reeling in your catch!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Listen to what the crew is telling you. They are a wealth of information and only want you to have a fun time and catch fish. This was my first time sitting in the chair waiting for a hit on a line. It's pretty darn exciting when it finally happens and you get to start reeling in your catch!!
Tom  C.
Tom C.

Top Targeted Bottom Fishing Species in Hawaii