Game Fishing Off Hawaii’s Kona Coast
The waters off Hawaii’s Kona Coast are on the list of best in the planet for game fishing for Marlin and other game fish. It’s possible for you to charter a boat for a day
The Very First Thing
I noticed as I boarded the Hula Girl in Hawaii Honokohau Harbor was the seat bolted to the deck. With its high, right back, foot braces, shoulder harness, and polished chrome pole holder, this was no seagoing Barca Lounger.
On a game fishing boat such as the Hula Girl, correctly known as the fighting chair. Our crew dubbed it the torture seat. Anything you call it, this is the hot seat. The crew straps you into it after your line screams off the reel for one on one fight with a big fish.
Saltwater fishing for marlin and other fierce fighting gamefish is serious company along Hawaii’s Kona Coast. In part that is because these waters are amongst the best on the planet for the high-leaping blue marlin, which, together with the black marlin, is considered the greatest award in the ocean sportfishing lottery. And in part, it’s the essence of hunting these fish. For all but the most fortunate of anglers, saltwater game fishing means hours even days of patient trolling before a strike.
More than a hundred boats licensed for charter along the Kona Coast. Costs to charter a boat for a day of fishing range from $250 to $600, with a mean of $350 to $400 for a 30-foot vessel. Given the obligation as well as the price you might suppose big game fishing is for just experienced anglers. But almost four out of five Kona-based boat charters cater to Hawaii visitors who’ve not ever attempted it before. And lest you believe this is some butch, guys only matter, the International Game Fishing Association notes that women hold more Pacific blue marlin world records than by men.
Huge Game Fish in Hawaii’s Waters
Uncommon creatures have weighed in at almost a ton, but the typical blue marlin runs a more wieldy 200 pounds, and anything over 300 pounds is considered a prize. Those big open ocean predators could be caught year round, but in July and August, they congregate in West Hawaii’s deep, sheltered waters to spawn.
A concern is growing the species is being overfished. While data are sketchy, fisheries adviser David B. Grobecker stresses that longlining (placing miles of cord with baited hooks in the open ocean) by Hawaii-based commercial boats is leading to overfishing. “Sportfishing has no actual impact on marlin stocks,” Grobecker says.
The truth is, the upsurge in tag and release fishing, particularly during Hawaii International Billfish Association tournaments, is helping supply much needed advice on pelagic fish.
The probability of getting marlin on any particular day are just 1 in 3. Another tough fighting pelagic game fish, including striped marlin, short-billed spearfish, mahi-mahi (dorado), ahi (yellowfin tuna), wahoo (ono), and (infrequently) sailfish, raise those get chances to a fish per boat daily.
Essentially, you can fish for marlin two manners: troll lures or troll live bait. The arguments for baits are that the largest marlin appears to catch on artificials, you do not squander time getting bait, and, because you troll at a higher rate, you cover more water. Other game fish also appear to take baits as quickly as a lure. My day trolling baits on the Hula Girl out of Honokohau Harbor resulted in one released brief statement spearfish.
For a lot of visitors, getting any fish is the thing that makes or breaks a day at sea. The advantage of utilising lure is the fact that, together with trolling for game fish, you can more often than not get large amberjack or giant trevally by ceasing to bottom fish.
Anglers that are seriously interested in getting a Marlin plan on at least 1 three days of fishing. Making the per day charter rate more negotiable.
Best Way to Seek Out a Charter
The largest challenge confronting Kona visitors is finding the right boat among those recorded in the yellow pages, in free tourist papers, and at ocean action kiosks in shopping centres. Before leaving home, get recommendations from a local yacht or fishing clubs, or request your travel agent. The task desk at your resort can also be able to aid.
When trolling baits, many charter boats fish four poles. As a rule of thumb, boats under 30 feet long are good for a couple of anglers; boats more than 30 feet, while rated to take six passengers, are greatest with just four fishing.
Costs include boat, fishing gear, and crew; you bring your lunch and drinks. The recommended tip for excellent service is 10 to 20 percent, which the captain divides with the deckhand. (Do not charter if you need just to bottom fish; a seat on a half-day party boat fishing excursion can cost less than $75.)
Interview the captain and be sure he comprehends just the kind of fishing you would like to do. Inquire about boat gear and fishing tackle used, and, in the event, you are going to be trolling live bait, how lure is captured. Any fish caught are usually kept and sold by the crew; tell the captain if you’d like to keep some or need to label and release the fish.
Local fishing writer Jim Rizzuto notes that Kona’s finest boats have an excellent yield company, along with an active vessel using a captain who asks you questions is an excellent indication. Rizzuto advocates inspecting the ship before investing. “A clean, well-kept boat revealing evident pride of possession lets you know something about the owner and also the crew,” he says.
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