Big Island Sport Fishing

fishingThe big island of Hawaii offers 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 tip the scales at over 1000 pounds!! The Hawaii island drops off quickly in deep blue ocean waters, making it an excellent location for big game fishing just a short boat ride away.  The gentle calm deep seas yield a variety of species of game fish including, spearfish, tuna, Dorado, and wahoo. Visiting anglers do not need fishing licenses to enjoy the sport. Most of the fishing boats in Kona are located at the Honokohau Marina, located about 10 minutes south of the Kona Airport. Many of the charter boats offer a single or shared price. The best boats in the Marina are busy and it's important to make reservations in advance. Charter boats range in size from 28 foot to 61 foot. Prices range from $500 for a half day exclusive charter up to $1500 for a full day charter. Kona is also the home of the world famous Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament, which is help late July or early August.

For those who love to Big Game Fish, The Big Island offers tremendous opportunity and great events!

Pacific Blue Marlin - The Blue Marlin is the ultimate challenge in big game fishing. The Big Island of Hawaii/Kona holds the official all-tackle world record at 1,376 pounds. Big Island of Hawaii/Kona is the only place in the world where blue marlin are caught daily, all year long.

Black Marlin - These are caught occasionally off the Big Island coast in late fall and grow to approximately the same size as the Blue Marlin. Striped Marlin - Caught year round off the Big Island of Hawaii coast. The average size of Striped Marlin in Kona is less than 120 pounds. These fish travel in groups of three to ten fish, and at times will strike all of the lures in a pattern.

Shortbill Spearfish - The Big Island of Hawaii/Kona is one of the few areas that the acrobatic Spearfish is consistently caught. The average weight of the Spearfish caught off the Big Island is 40 pounds.

Broadbill Swordfish - Caught occasionally off the Big Island of Hawaii/Kona coast in the spring and summer months and usually at night. Average weight in Kona is 250 pounds.

Pacific Sailfish - Caught occasionally off the Big Island of Hawaii/Kona coast, mainly in the summer months. These exciting acrobatic fish are fun to catch. The average weight of Sailfish in Kona is under100 pounds.

Mahi Mahi (Dorado) - Caught year around off the Big Island of Hawaii/Kona coast. The average weight of this bright blue, green and yellow fish on the  Big Island of Hawaii is 20 to 25 pounds. They are very acrobatic when hooked and great to eat.

Tuna (Ahi) - There are many different types of Tuna caught off the Big Island of Hawaii/Kona coast. The Yellowfin(Ahi) caught off the Kona coast averages 150 pounds. Skipjack Tuna (Aku) averages around 10 pounds.

Amberjack - Caught year-round off the Big Island of Hawaii/Kona coast. Average size caught off Big Island of Hawaii/Kona is 75 pounds.

Ono (Wahoo) - Caught year around off the Big Island of Hawaii/Kona coast. Ono is one of the fastest of fish (up to 60 m.p.h.). Fun to catch, and popular to eat.

While Big Island of Hawaii/Kona boasts a 365 days/year fishing season, if you're planning your vacation around fishing for a particular species, here are your best bets!

  • January: Best for Striped Marlin, Amberjack, and Big Eye Tuna.
  • February: Best for Striped Marlin, Amberjack, Snapper, and Spearfish.
  • March: Best for Striped Marlin, Spearfish and Amberjack. Good for Mahi-Mahi.
  • April: Best for Striped Marlin, Spearfish, Mahi-Mahi; and Amberjack. Good for ,Black Marlin, and Big Eye Tuna.
  • May: Best for Striped Marlin, Spearfish, Black Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna, and MahiMahi. Good for Blue Marlin, Swordfish, and Ono.
  • June: Best for Blue, Black and Striped Marlin, Spearfish, Swordfish, Yellowfin and Big Eye Tuna and Ono.
  • July: Best for Blue and Black Marlin, Swordfish, Yellowfin and Big Eye Tuna and Ono. Good for Striped Marlin.
  • August: Best for Blue Marlin, and Ono. Good for Yellowfin and Skipjack Tuna.
  • September: Good for Blue Marlin, Ono and Skipjack Tuna.
  • October: Good for Blue Marlin and Mahi-Mahi.
  • November: Best for Mahi-Mahi.Good for Blue Marlin.
  • December: Best for Striped Marlin, Mahi-Mahi and Big Eye Tuna.