Deep Sea Fishing in Hawaii

November 25, 2020

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When you visit Hawaii, you know you’re going to see amazing sights. From the lush vegetation to the deep blue waters, Hawaii is about as picturesque as it gets. 

And when you explore these amazing blue waters you learn just how special fishing in Hawaii really is. Thanks to how these islands are formed, the drop-off is just a few miles away and you’ll have lines in the water within 30 minutes of leaving the dock. This means more time with rod-bending action than pretty much anywhere else in the world! 

Fishing in Hawaii

Hawaii is a collection of islands located in the Pacific Ocean. Depending on which island you’re visiting will determine your fishing grounds, but the species are all pretty much the same. And you don’t need any experience or knowledge to jump aboard a fishing charter. The local Hawaiian captains will have everything you need for catching your next trophy!

You may call it tuna, but locals refer to it as ahi. Yellowfin tuna is a very popular species to target when fishing in Hawaii. They run in good numbers and good sizes, so it’s a tempting opportunity for anglers of all skill levels. Ahi can grow as much as 100+ pounds and are incredible fighters. They are caught twelve months of the year in Hawaii with a technique called trolling. This is when the captain drives the boat across an area known for its running ahi with multiple lines in the water. Once the drag starts screaming, you know you’ve got something on the line.

Oftentimes you’ll be looking to put ahi on the hook, and end up with a marlin – or vice versa. You catch nearby blue marlin, black marlin, and striped marlin with the same trolling technique in the same areas. The deep waters of Hawaii offer plenty of room for these monster fish to swim, eat, and play. The largest blue marlin of record was caught near Kailua-Kona, a whopping 1,376 pounder set in 1982. We recommend having your camera ready when fishing for marlin, they make quite the spectacle while hooked up. Your group can spend over an hour landing a marlin, so make sure you stay hydrated and energized for the battle.

The brightly colored mahi mahi is also known as dorado. Again, trolling is your go-to technique for catching these pelagic species. The only exception is that dorado tend to stay near the surface of the water, feeding off of schooling baitfish that find shelter beneath floating debris. Dorado also tend to run in schools, so once you have one on the hook it’s best to keep it in the water so other anglers on the boat can get into the action. You’ll soon have a cooler full of dorado ready to take back to the dock!

What Hawaiians call “ono” you may know better as wahoo. These sleek and super fast fish run from March until August and (you guessed it) caught using the trolling technique. Although your captain will be piloting the vessel at much higher speeds; a typical trolling trip runs 8-12 knots, while ono trolling can reach speeds up to 20 knots – now that’s fast! And ono makes for a delicious dinner as well, some comparing it to fresh tuna. 

There are other techniques used when fishing Hawaii’s deep waters. Kite fishing is a premium technique that is unlike anything else. Or go for a challenge and try fly fishing for marlin. Discuss these options with your charter captain before your trip departs and they can work with you to accommodate the fishing adventure of a lifetime.

Hawaii Deep Sea Charters

FishAnywhere.com partners with only the best charter captains in Hawaii and are happy to bring you the best prices around. If you’re looking to book a memorable Hawaiian fishing adventure, we’ve got you covered. You can book today through the website or give our Customer Support team a call (833-I-GO-FISH) and we’ll be happy to walk you through reserving your excursion.

If you’re staying on the big island of Hawaii, the city of Kailua-Kona is your launching point. Remember that world record marlin? Yep, this is where it was caught. Fish for marlin, ahi, dorado, and more with one of our local captains! One of our favorites, Kona Cowboy Sport Fishing, is a family run charter that offers a variety of trips for your group. And the amenities on this 40’ sporty are incredible; you’ll be fishing in style when you book with Captain Shawn!

Many visitors will head to Honolulu, the island state’s capital city located on the island of O’ahu. If you’re looking to launch from this large city, consider booking your charter with Blue Nun Sportfishing and Captain Bob. They are chasing the big fish in a 48’ custom built sportfisherman at the best prices in town. Reserve a shared or private trip today and don’t miss out!

No matter what time of year you’re visiting Hawaii, the local captains will work hard to get you on the fish. We recommend reserving your charter when you book lodging; this way you won’t miss out and be left at the dock. 

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