Malama Charters Hilo

Capt. Tony Ballam/ Capt. Jerry Gillgren Hilo, HI Incorporated Licensed Insured

Come explore some of the finest fishing Hawaii has to offer with Malama Fishing Charters! Docked in the heart of Hilo, HI, Captain Tony and 1st Mate are never far from the offshore action. Targeting Pelagic species like Black, Blue and Striped Marlin, Yellowfin (Ahi) and Bluefin Tuna, MahiMahi (Dorado), Ono (Wahoo) and other species like occasional Opah (Moonfish) and Spearfish.


Hilo, Hawaii is home to some of Hawaii’s most fertile fishing grounds. Also, Hilo has far less fishing pressure than Kona, making it virtually untapped.  Our skilled crew, led by USCG certified Captain Tony, are here to help you make the most of your Hilo fishing experience. The best part about fishing with Captain Tony is that you don’t need any prior fishing experience to have a successful trip! He’ll make sure everyone on board is comfortable and confident with the techniques needed to land every fish that strikes your bait.


Malama Fishing Charters offers a 1/2 day 4-5hr trip, ¾ day 6-7 hour trip, and Full day 8-9 hr trip. You’ll mainly be trolling for some of Hawaii’s most coveted pelagic predators such as Ono (Wahoo), Mahi Mahi (Dolphin, Dorado), Striped Marlin, Blue Marlin, Sailfish, Black Marlin, and the prized Ahi (Tuna). If you’d rather spend your trip deep dropping for other prized “Deep 7” species, just let Captain Tony know and he’ll be happy to oblige. While bottom fishing, we’ll likely hook up on Broadbill Swordfish, Grouper, Pink Snapper, Grey Snapper and possibly Moonfish (Opah). 


You’ll be fishing on Malama Fishing Charter’s custom built 32’ Radovich. She receives regular maintenance and is equipped with all of the latest fishing gear needed for a productive trip. Her outriggers will make it easier to troll multiple rods at once, and there’s also downriggers, 3 GPS plotter units, 3kw and 1kw fish finders, 72 mile Radar and a flybridge onboard. When nature calls, you can find a toilet on board as well.


Your trip price for the day includes a first mate who will handle all of the rigging, baiting, and unhooking required. He’ll also be more than happy to answer any questions you may have about the techniques you’ll be using and offer insight into specifics about the local gamefish. The trip price also includes use of all rods, reels, and terminal tackle, fresh/live bait, chips, water/soft drinks. 


Hawaii Island has been a fishing Mecca since the 1940’s. It’s still a dream destination for avid fishermen and sportsmen alike.  Whether it’s your favorite past time, your life passion, or you just want to do some casual offshore fishing, Malama Fishing Charters will tailor your trip to your needs, making it a life-long memory for you. We support sustainable fishing and ocean conservation practices to play our part to ensure Hilo’s fisheries stay healthy for future generations. We’re looking forward to meeting you and showing off Hilo’s world renowned fishing opportunities! 

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  Launch Location

Manono Street, Hilo

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Trips start at $480

3 Trips

1-6 guests

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1983 32' Sport Fisherman

250 HP engine(s)

  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Radar
  • Children Welcome
  • No Alcohol
  • No Illegal Substances



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Includes 6 guests

Trip time: 7:00am to 11:00am (4 hours)

1 Day Cancellation Policy

We leave Hilo Harbor and are fishing within minutes. Deckhands are prepared for whatever takes the lure, sometimes its Ono within Hilo Bay. We head to clear blue water and troll for Billfish, Mahi Mahi, Ono, Ahi and other pelagics. 72 Hour Cancellation, 15-20% Gratuity Encouraged.

digital photos, drinks, snacks,

All fishing gear and tackle,
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Includes 6 guests

Trip time: 6:00am to 12:00pm (6 hours)

1 Day Cancellation Policy

On your 6-7hr trip, deep water is within minutes just out of the harbor and lines are in the water as we head to one of many productive fishing spots, trolling blue water for billfish, Ahi tuna, Mahi Mahi, Ono and other pelagic gamefish. Depending on the read of the water, we'll run North towards the Hamakua coastline or South towards the Puna coastline. Charter runs 6-7 hours. 15-20% Gratuity Encouraged

digital photos, drinks, lunch, snacks,

All fishing gear included in trip.
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Includes 6 guests

Trip time: 6:00am to 3:00pm (9 hours)

1 Day Cancellation Policy

Leave Hilo Harbor, 6am and head North or South depending on conditions to virgin fishing waters for Pelagic Marlin, Billfish, Mahimahi, Ahi and Aku, Ono. May stop at FAD's for live bait. We always tailor the trip to your desire. The trip is about you and your  experience. 72 Hour Cancellation, 15-20% Gratuity Encouraged. 

digital photos, drinks, lunch, snacks,

Small portion of your catch for dinner
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Fish Species

Black Marlin
Blue Marlin
Jack Crevalle
Lesser Amberjack
Little Tunny (False Albacore)
Mahi Mahi
Red Snapper
Sea Bass
Striped Marlin
Yellowfin Tuna

Additional Details

Safety Features

  • Life Jackets
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • First-Aid Equipment
  • CPR-Trained Crew
  • Flares
  • VHF Radio


  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Radar


  • Flybridge
  • Kitchen
  • Toilet

Boat Gear

  • Fighting Chair
  • First Mate
  • Downriggers
  • Outriggers

Fishing Techniques

  • Bottom Fishing
  • Deep Sea Fishing
  • Jigging
  • Spinning
  • Trolling

Fishing Policies

  • Children Welcome
  • No Alcohol
  • No Illegal Substances

Price Includes

  • Fresh or Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Rods, Reels & Terminal Tackle
  • Small portion of your catch for dinner
  • Sandwich lunch
  • Chips
  • Bottled Water and Soft Drinks

Minimum Age

  • 6 and older

Fishing Location

  • Inshore
  • Nearshore
  • Offshore
  • Reef

About the Vessel


Capt. Tony Ballam/ Capt. Jerry Gillgren

Boat Type

Sport Fisherman

Boat Length


Year Built


Engine Manufacturer


Number of Engines


Engine Horsepower

250 HP