Fishing in Kona

Kona Fishing Report – October 21, 2015 – The Big Island of Hawaii – The Super El Nino of 2015 still seems to be lingering, keeping water temperatures unseasonably warm, and the warm waters continue to hold good numbers of Blue Marlin just off of the Kona Coast.  While most of the tourists have headed out of town, the Blue Marlin, Tuna and even the occasional spearfish continue to hang around in better than average numbers.  On Tuesday 10/20/15 we went 1 for 4 on Blue Marlin on a 3/4 day charter.  More than plenty of action to call it a great 6-hour trip.  On average, we have been getting at least one shot a trip and usually multiple shots at small blue marlin or Yellowfin Tuna.  Most of the bites are coming around a tide change.  The next 7-10 days should be really good as we are on the building side of the moon until the 27th of the month when we see the next full moon.  This combined with building tides through the morning and early afternoon fishing times and the conditions remain good in the next week for consistent fishing.  Be sure and check out our kona tide chart and moon phase chart on our website.

If you are planning on coming to Kona for the Holiday season, be sure to plan ahead and book your fishing charters early.  We are already booking a number of trips around Christmas week and Thanksgiving, so plan ahead and get our best rates by booking right on our website.  Check availability for your preferred dates on the calendar below.

Also, we just posted all of the 2016 Kona Fishing Tournament Dates on our Tournaments page.  The first event is just a few months away, on January 1st when the Annual Charters Desk New Year’s Day Tournament happens.  If you are planning on being in Kona and fishing around that time, the entry fee is very low for this tournament and it’s a fun event for the whole family.

 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.

Book Your Holiday Fishing Charters Early

Popular Christmas and Thanksgiving Dates are Booking up Fast