Why go on a fishing charter? If you want a chance to catch the fish of a lifetime, Kona is the best places for Blue Marlin fishing in the world, the largest Blue Marlin ever caught was boated here off the Kona coast at 1376 pounds.
The ocean gets very deep very fast coming out of Honokahau harbor and it’s not unusual to catch a Marlin very close to shore, unlike some places where you have to go a long distance to get to the fishing grounds.
Kona is a fisherman’s paradise, here are some other types of fish you can catch here: Yellow fin tuna (Ahi) , Mahi Mahi (Dorado), Spearfish, Wahoo(Ono) Amberjack, Barracuda, Pacific Sailfish, Broadbill Swordfish, Short bill Spearfish, Giant Trevally, Ulua, Albacore, Big Eye Tuna and Sharks of various varieties.
Kona sport fishing is very unique in that it’s the only place in the world that both Blue and Black Marlins weighing over 1000 pounds have been caught.
Where To Book A Local Fishing Charter
If you’re interested in a great charter, my friend Steve Kaiser is the guy to call. I’ve known Steve since 97, some people when you first meet them you just like, Steve is one of those people. He was my first customer here in Kona when I opened my shop and we’ve been good friends since.
Steve took these lucky anglers out for a day trip and they came back with a Blue Marlin “grander”, that’s a fish that weighs over 1,000 pounds!
Some boat captains have fished the Kona coast 30 years and never caught a “grander.” It’s kind of like playing pro football but you never made it to the super bowl. The second biggest fish Steve ever caught was a 966 pound Black Marlin. Wow! Steve’s da man! If you want to fish with one of the best, call him at 808-936-4383 to set up your own fishing trip. Please tell him I sent you.
Kona Sport Fishing Tournaments
July and August are super busy with various fishing tournaments. In July there is one almost every weekend. Plus the International Hawaiian Billfish Tournament lasts 5 days. Sometimes there are up to 100 teams entered.
The start off the tournament looks more like the start of a race as the boats all leave the Kailua pier at 7AM and race off to where ever the teams think the best place to catch fish is.
The photo taken above is the start of the “Huggo’s Wahine Billfish Tournament” which is ladies only. A large portion of the entrance fees are donated to a good cause each year.
One of the great things about fishing in Kona is you pay your money and just show up at the boat dock at the predetermined time and go fishing. You don’t need a license or any gear. Just bring your own food and drinks. The charter boats provide all the gear you need and ice chests for your food and drinks.
All this talk about big game fishing is starting to make me hungry, I think I’m going to call Steve and book my own trip!