Tagging and Releasing Blue Marlin on the Humdinger

Allison Benash of California caught nice blue marlin on a full day Hawaii fishing charter with Captain Jeff Fay and deckhand Henry “Butch” Chee Junior.  The marlin, estimated at 300lbs., put up a good fight for about a half an hour and never gave up once Butch grabbed the leader.  The big blue marlin was tagged and released unharmed. Read more

Angler Tags and Releases Her First Blue Marlin

An angler tags and releases her first blue marlin on a half day fishing charter in Kona Hawaii on board the Humdinger. Captain Jeff Fay and deck hand Henry “Butch” Chee Jr. work together as a team to bring the big blue marlin to the leader and successfully tag and release the anglers first blue marlin. Read more

The Humdinger Crew Tags and Releases a Small Blue Marlin

With Henry “Butch” Chee Jr. on the wire, and Captain Jeff Fay at the Wheel, the crew of the Humdinger tags a small blue marlin during a recent fishing charter in Kona Hawaii.  Even a small blue marlin can put up a good fight and a great show!  This little blue stayed down during the fight, but put on a good show on the wire before being tagged and released. Read more

Marlin Magazine Selects Kona Hawaii as a Top Destination World Wide to Catch a Grander

In an August 26, 2010 article by Charles Levine posted on MarlinMag.com, the author details the top sportfishing destination world wide with the highest probability of catching a “Grander” (a blue marlin over 1,000 lbs).  What makes Kona an ideal location is that it sits in the middle of the pacific ocean and the waters off of Kona remain protected by the huge volcanoes that created the Big Island of Hawaii.  Fishing in Kona Hawaii is close to the shore with most fish caught within five miles of land and the waters most every day are very calm and deep (500 to 1,000 fathoms within 5-10 miles of land), making it an ideal location for tourists and vacationers to try their luck at catching a big blue marlin.

Excerpt from article on MarlinMag.com follows.  Read the WHOLE STORY HERE.

“You can catch a grander Pacific blue on any day of the week in these waters, but the best big-fish months occur during the summer. Jim Rizzuto, who has chronicled the local fishing scene for the past few decades, counts 76 marlin topping 1,000 pounds since 1960 (and that does not take into account any granders released).

The Big Island is literally the top of a mountain that drops down to the seafloor. The depths fall away to 1,000 fathoms within sight of land, and you can catch marlin, tuna, wahoo and more within a stone’s throw of the harbor. It’s not uncommon to see an 18-foot Boston Whaler trolling with a 130-pound setup. The average blue runs between 300 and 500 pounds, but most of the fleet sticks with heavy tackle — and for good reason.

Capt. Jeff Fay, who runs Humdinger, a gorgeous 37 Rybovich, says he prefers baits for the big ones. Fay knows what he’s talking about. He’s won the Henry Chee captains award in the Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament four times — the most of any captain.”

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Kona Hawaii fishing charter with Jeff Fay on the Humdinger

Fishing Trip Reviews

fishing charter reviews by ShortBait1966Had the chance to book a Kona fishing charter on our trip to the big island and was fortunate to find a half day charter on the Humdinger on short notice. Having done a lot of deep sea fishing on party boats, I wasnt sure what to expect on a private charter. We never fished far from shore, maybe a mile or two at the most. We caught a small blue marlin and a rare speafish and missed a mystery bite. All in all it was a great day and the crew was fantastic. I would highly recommend them.

ShortBait1966, Visited June 2016

Fishing Review by Carlton K Realized it with a really nice Blue Marlin.The crew worked really hard on a couple of days were the fish were not. Itting so well. Kona is a beautiful place. It is also an excellent place to fish for Blues.

Carlton K Austin Visited June 2016

fishing reviews by chastikea An absolutely wonderful excursion! There were 3 of us that booked a 4 hour charter on the Humdinger. One in our group had deep sea fishing on her bucket list and she is thrilled that Captain Jeff and his son Brett were the ones to see it through! At first it looked like it would just be a 4 hour boat ride but we were still having a great time. We got to visit with Brett and talked about everything from fishing to places for great local plate lunches. Brett is a very polite, professional and friendly young man. And if you get a hit you can watch him fly into action, an impressive sight! On the way back our bucket list friend got a hit and reeled in a 30 plus pound short nosed spearfish – a blast for all of us!! After tons of pictures Brett filleted the fish, packed it in bags and put it on ice for us. Fortunately, we were staying in a condo so we could enjoy the catch. We had it grilled, pan sautéed, lightly breaded in pano, etc. Definitely ate more fish in two weeks than we usually do in a year! We also shared some with a friend that lives on the island. Captain Jeff is a very pleasant and knowledgeable man but we didn’t get to visit much with him during the charter because he was upstairs piloting the boat. Before we left the mainland we called several charters for information and pricing. Having never gone deep sea fishing we were clueless about everything and had tons of questions. Captain Jeff very patiently answered and re-answered all of our questions. He was also the best priced charter of the ones we called. We highly recommend the Humdinger and it’s awesome father/son team to anyone looking for a great experience deep sea fishing!

chastikea Kailua-Kona, Hawaii Visited May 2016

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Tagging Her First Blue Marlin

Kimberly McCoy of Chicago, IL tagged and released this 450 lb blue marlin on her first fishing charter in Kona Hawaii.  The fish hit a custom “Straight Runner”  lure made by Henry Chee Jr. himself.  The marlin fought about 25 minutes, jumping several times, before finally being wired in by Henry “Butch” Chee before being tagged and released.

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Hawaii Fishing Tag and Release Blue Marlin

Tagging Her First Blue Marlin in Kona Hawaii

Fishing Trip Reviews

fishing charter reviews by Phillip DI had not been offshore fishing in decades and Captain Jeff made me feel so at ease and all that was before I caught a 300 lb marlin. It just got better after that. I cannot suggest a better day.

Phillip D, Visited July 2016

fishing charter reviews by thegman1975 RochesterFirst time deep=sea fishing and hooked a 150 lb yellow fin tuna! It was a struggle but with the help and encouragement from Capt Brett and first mate Ryan I was able to land the tuna that was as big as me! Only thing I would change would be not to get seasick after all that exertion. Next time I will stay hydrated and let my Dad do more of the work reeling in the big fish. Jack G

thegman1975 Rochester, New York Visited July 2016

fishing charter reviews by ShortBait1966Had the chance to book a Kona fishing charter on our trip to the big island and was fortunate to find a half day charter on the Humdinger on short notice. Having done a lot of deep sea fishing on party boats, I wasnt sure what to expect on a private charter. We never fished far from shore, maybe a mile or two at the most. We caught a small blue marlin and a rare speafish and missed a mystery bite. All in all it was a great day and the crew was fantastic. I would highly recommend them.

ShortBait1966, Visited June 2016

Fishing Review by Carlton K Realized it with a really nice Blue Marlin.The crew worked really hard on a couple of days were the fish were not. Itting so well. Kona is a beautiful place. It is also an excellent place to fish for Blues.

Carlton K Austin Visited June 2016

fishing charter reviews by Thomas MMy two sons and I booked a charter in June with Captain Jeff and Brett. We got to the dock, they were ready to go, We started fishing almost immediately. My sons let me go first so when we hooked up with a marlin I got to reel him in. Really awesome. Unfortunately that was the only fish we hooked. No lack of trying though by captain and crew. Brett was nice and made us fell comfortable on his boat. I am not a expert deep see fisherman but when we hooked up, you could tell Jeff and son Brett knew exactly what to do and when to do it. We had a good time, I would recommend these guys.

Thomas M, Visited June 2016

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592 Lb. Kona Blue Marlin

Kona Fishing Charter592 Lb. Kona Blue Marlin

Meet the Captains

Jeff Fay, Captain Owner and Operator, Captain Jeff Fay, has been fishing in Kona, Hawaii for giant blue marlin for over 40 years. In addition to his numerous decades of knowledge and experience he has collected in Kona, Captain Jeff has operated several sportfishing charter boats for owners worldwide.

Captain Jeff began his fishing career in Kona crewing for Terry Truman aboard the Kua Lua in 1966. Shortly thereafter he moved to the Malia where he crewed for West Vannetta. In 1975, he partnered with Captain Peter B. Wright and purchased the Humdinger, a 37′ Rybovich located in Tampa, Florida. After moving the boat from Florida, Captain Jeff and Peter chartered the Humdinger out of Kona until the mid 1980’s when Capt. Jeff bought out partner Peter B. Wright and then briefly partnered with globetrotting big game angler Jerry Dunaway. Shortly thereafter, Captain Jeff purchased Jerry’s remaining interest in the Humdinger and has been operating sportfishing charters on the Big Island of Hawaii in Kona from this classic Rybovich ever since.

Captain Jeff has enjoyed a rich and successful career in the big game sportfishing community. After capturing his first “Grander” in 1972, Captain Jeff has gone on to assist anglers on eleven marlin over 1,000 pounds worldwide. Additionally he has captained anglers to numerous world records, the two most recently in Kona when he captained Debra Dunaway to her last two world records to complete her bid to be the first angler in history, man or woman, to hold a world record for every species of billfish in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

Captain Jeff is the only Four Time Winner of the prestigious Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament’s “Henry Chee Award” presented to the top-scoring Hawaii charter fishing captain in the tournament. He now shares his passion for big game sportfishing in Hawaii with his son Brett who now Co-Captains the Humdinger along side his father.

Brett Fay, Co-Captain Co-Captain Brett Fay is a native of Hawaii; born on the Big Island and raised in Kona. Brett grew up fishing in Kona with his father, Captain Jeff Fay, on the 37’ Rybovich “Humdinger”. He enjoys surfing, hunting, and fishing and just about anything that involves being outdoors. At age five, Brett caught his first Blue Marlin, and has been “Hooked” ever since.

Brett literally grew up on the Humdinger, learning the trade of Big Game Sportfishing in Hawaii and boat handling from his father Captain Jeff and mentor, Captain Henry “Butch” Chee Jr. Brett received his U.S. Coast Guard Captain’s License at age 20 and began assisting his dad chartering guests on the Humdinger. Brett is an accomplished Captain and boat handler and works hard to share his passion for Hawaii, the Outdoors and Sportfishing in Kona with his guests and clients.

April Fishing in Kona Hawaii Produces Good Numbers of Spearfish and Striped Marlin

Hawaii Fishing Report for Kona – April 2011 Kona delivered a typical late Spring bounty in April with lots of shortbilled spearfish and striped marlin showing up.  According to The Charter Desk, anglers fishing on charter boats out of Kona Hawaii caught a total of 35 Blue Marlin (19 weighed in and 16 tagged and released), 1 Sailfish, 1 Black Marlin, 43 Spearfish (26 weighed in and 17 tagged and released), and 37 Striped Marlin (13 weighed in and 24 tagged and released).

Of the 35 Blue Marlin caught on charters out of Kona this month, 7 fish weighed over 500 lbs and the largest Blue Marlin weighed in during April weighed 609.5 lbs.  In addition to the great fishing for blue marlin, striped marlin and spearfish, anglers also caught 33 yellowfin tuna; the largest weighing over 200 lbs. Read more