Big Island Sport Fishing

By Sue Vermillion

The Big Island of Hawaii boasts some of the best big game fishing found anywhere in the world. Kona is known for the trophy blue marlin caught each and every month of the year.

Many of the giant blue marlin tips the scales at over 1000 pounds. The gentle calm deep blue seas also yield a variety of other species of game fish which include: spearfish, tuna (ahi), Dorado (mahimahi) and wahoo (ono).

The giant Pacific blue marlin are caught just a few minutes from the docks, and visiting anglers do not need fishing licenses here to enjoy the sport. Charter boats in Hawaii can be found in all shapes and sizes, and have a wide range of prices.

Picking out the best charter boat for your fishing adventure can sometimes be a daunting task. 95% of the fishing boats in Kona are located at Honokohau Marina, located just a 10 minute drive south of the Kona airport 3 miles north of Kailua Kona town.

Here you will find some of the best charter boats and captains in the Pacific. Take some time to go to the dock and view the boats in the marina. Honokohau Marina offers restaurants and shops for your visit and a state park just a short walk north of the dock to view the resident turtles. If you are new to offshore fishing, than perhaps a share charter is the best way to experience the excitement.

Many of the Charter boats offer a single or share price. Make sure that the appearance of the boat is clean and well kept. Meet the Captain and Crew before you book your full or half day of fishing. Take a look at the rods and reels on board to see that they are in good service. Ask if the price includes drinks, snacks or lunch.



Many of the charter boats will include food and drink, while others ask you to bring your own meal and beverages. The best charter boats in the marina are busy, and it is important to book your charter in advance. Charter boats range in size from 28 foot in length to 61 feet in length. Prices range from $500.00 for a 1/2 Day exclusive charter (up to 6 passengers) up to $1500.00 for a full day charter. Share charters are less expensive and can be found for $95.00 - $150.00 per person for a half day.

Most of the Captains will tag and release all of the marlin caught. If you want some fish for the grill, tell your captain when you book your charter and he will make sure you have some to take home or back to your hotel or condo. The best season for catching blue marlin tends to be in the spring and summer months, but blue marlin are caught year round along with big tuna, wahoo and dorado which are plentiful in the winter months.

Kona is famous for flat calm seas, and rarely will weather or sea conditions make your trip uncomfortable. Kona is also the home of the world famous Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament, which for the past 50 years is held in late July or early August which is a great time to enjoy the sport of Big Game Fishing in Hawaii. Hooking a giant blue marlin could be the adrenaline rush of a lifetime.

Don't miss out on the chance to experience some of the best offshore fishing in the world.