Kona Fishing Report – February 19, 2017 – Kailua-Kona, The Big Island of Hawaii – The past few weeks the fishing has been up and down with the weather. We have had a several periods of windy weather with frontal systems moving over the big island that have made fishing a bit more spotty and the water a little more choppy too. When the weather has cooperated, so have the fish.
The winter fishing season is in full gear here and we have been catching the typical species for this time of year; Shortbilled Spearfish, Mahimahi and Striped Marlin. Also this week we were able to put clients on a few nice Blue Marlin, one of which we released with another satellite tag, and the occasional Ono (Wahoo). All in all, the fishing has been decent to good when the weather has cooperated. Continue reading “Kailua Kona Fishing February 19 2017 Report” »
January 2017 – The Big Island of Hawaii – We are catching decent numbers of Blue Marlin, Striped Marlin, Shortbilled Spearfish and Mahimahi right now. Things have been a little more hit and miss since earlier in the month of January, but that is mainly due to the seasonal weather patterns and fronts that roll through the islands this time of year. The weather is generally very good this time of year, but a little more windy as the fronts move over the big island.
The largest fish we released in January was a 550 pound Blue Marlin. Additionally, we caught a good number of Shortbilled Spearfish and Striped Marlin as well with a few Mahimahi and a couple of big Otaru mixed in here and there. On Feb 4th we tagged and released a Blue Marlin about 175 pounds in the first few hours of our charter. January 31st we tagged and released a nice Blue Marlin about 350 pounds and on January 24th we went 2/2 on Blue Marlin, releasing the 550 pound blue previously mentioned with a Satellite Tracking tag as well as another small Blue Marlin about 150 pounds.
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Kona Fishing – Report December 31, 2016 – The Big Island of Hawaii – It’s been a busy few weeks here around the Christmas holiday in Kona and thankfully the fishing has remained fairly good, even though, the weather was spotty from day to day as it sometimes happens this time of year.
Despite the inconsistent weather, the fishing has been fairly consistent. In the past few weeks we have caught a lot of Shortbilled Spearfish with multiple strikes and/or catches on charters. There have also been some good Mahi Mahi action of late as this winter species move into the islands. Last week we also had a brief flurry of good Yellow fin Tuna action. We managed to weigh one fish going 177 pounds and several other boats also checked in good fish with one skiff landing three in one trip.
There are a lot of small Blue Marlin around right now, and on one 1/2 day charter last week we had a triple strike and caught and tagged 2 of the 3 fish. On that particular charter, we lost a Shortbilled Spearfish and also caught the nice Yellowfin Tuna. That’s a lot to get done in a short 4-hour trip. On Friday the 30th, we missed a spearfish, caught a nice Ono (Wahoo) and also caught a Striped Marlin about 90 pounds as well. Continue reading “Fishing Kona Report – December 31, 2016” »
Kona Report December 11, 2016 – The Big Island of Hawaii – The fishing in Kona has been a bit more up and down the past couple of weeks as several weather systems pushed through the islands. Squally rain showers at the lower elevations and several feet of snow blanketing the volcanic peaks all signal the arrival of the winter fishing season here in Kona. When the weather has been good, the fish have cooperated just fine. Over the last week we had a good mixed bag of Blue Marlin, Spearfish, Ono and Mahi Mahi on charters. We caught a double header of small blue marlin last week on one charter and missed an Ono as well. Earlier in the week we caught a few nice Mahi Mahi and a spearfish as well for clients out on a 1/2 day charter. Continue reading “Kona Fishing – Report December 11, 2016 – The Big Island of Hawaii” »
Fishing in kona Report – November 13, 2016 – The Big Island of Hawaii – The Fishing in Kona remains very good and the pressure remains light as we are in between seasons now on the Big Island. The crush of summer travelers have cleared out of town and the holiday/winter visitors are in the process of planning their trips now. The lack of visitors, however, has not discouraged the fish from biting. We posted a fishing about two weeks ago on November 4th reporting on the consistent blue marlin bite and improved Mahi Mahi action. There were a lot of small blue marlin being caught in the 150-250 pound class along with the Mahi Mahi and Ono mixed in as well.
Right after we posted that report, the big girls showed up and we had two days back to back days where we released fish that went 500 and 800 pounds respectively. For the next four days we had multiple shots each, released those two big blue marlin and also put our charters on some really nice mahi mahi after locating a floating net just offshore and dragging 4 decent fish out of that.
Other boats making it out have also reported good action on Blue Marlin, Mahi Mahi and a couple of nice Tunas were also reported. The water temperature is still above for this time of the year, and that has the fish biting well. With the November Super Moon upon us now, that could be the spark that lights the fuse and turns on the fishing in the next few days.
Kona – November 4, 2016 – The Big Island of Hawaii – The calendar says November, but the fish still think it’s August. Now, well into our second year of El Nino patterns, the fishing here is Kona has been some of the best we have seen. 2016, the year of the so called “Super El Nino” has brought consistent fishing just about all year. After 50 years of fishing in Kona, I would go as far to say it’s been in the top 5 of all time.
Last year, Kona experienced excellent fishing with a lot of big fish crossing the scales and multiple granders (more than I can count on one hand) being weighed. This year has been a story of consistent numbers of solid fish being caught over the summer and we had a lot of days with multiple hookups and as many as five or more fish per day during the best periods. While the size of Blue marlin we were mostly catching were in the 150-350 pound class, there were a lot of solid fish being caught in the 500-600 pound class as well. The odd thing about 2016 is that we have now gone a full 10 months with no grander being caught, although there have been a few reports of boats releasing fish they swear would hit the 1,000 pound mark. Kudos to those captains for releasing the big girls!!
A few weeks ago, I thought we were making the turn into a more typical Fall fishing pattern when the Mahi Mahi started to show up in really good numbers and the tuna started to move out. No sooner had I written that fishing report than a number of boats started catching some pretty nice tunas again around the porpoise schools. The water is still in the low to mid 80’s here, so the fish really don’t know any better. It seems like we’re in a pattern where some of the more winter oriented species are starting to show up in better numbers, but the summertime species haven’t moved out all together. The results have been a really good mixed bag of Blue Marlin, Ono, Mahi Mahi, Shortbilled Spearfish, Kawakawa, Kampachi, and Ta’ape on our most recent charters. Continue reading “Report Kona Deep Sea Fishing November 4 2016” »
Fishing in kona Report October 18, 2016 – The Big Island of Hawaii – Summer just won’t give up here in Kona, and with the summer like water temps hovering between 82 and 84 degrees, we continue to see better than average Blue Marlin action. While the action has slowed a bit from the peak in August and September where many boats were seeing multiple hookups per trip, we are still catching a few fish every week. Earlier in the month several boats tagged some really nice fish in the 300 pound class and one boat weighed a Blue Marlin that tipped the scales at 573 pounds.
In addition to the continued better than average Blue Marlin action, we are still seeing a few Ono here and there. As the water temps drop though, expect to see fewer and fewer of these fish being caught as we move into the Winter season here in Kona. While the Ono action has slowed down a bit, the Mahi Mahi are starting to show up around a few buoys on a more consistent basis. Last week we caught 1 or 2 Mahi Mahi on each trip on three consecutive charters. While most were small, a few boats have reported catching some bulls in the 40 pound class. As the water starts to cool off a bit and drop into the high to mid 70’s here in Kona, expect to see more Mahi Mahi and more Striped Marlin show up too.
Since the Winter water temps remain in the mid to high 70’s here in Kona, the Blue Marlin are here year round. The Fall and Winter fishing in Kona can be a very good mixed bag of Striped Marlin, Blue Marlin and Mahi Mahi. If you are planning a trip to the Big Island of Hawaii in the next few months, be sure to take advantage of our Fall and Winter Fishing Charter Specials. Half day Kona Fishing Charters start at just $399 for up to six anglers and we are happy to have you kep your catch. Continue reading “Report – The Big Island of Hawaii” »
October 2, 2016 – The Big Island, Hawaii. After a few weeks of the waning moon and some inconsistent Tradewinds, the fishing has started to pick up again. Recent strong Trade Winds have pushed some good schools of bait fish into the area, and the water temperatures remain in the low-to-mid 80s. All of this, combined with the next few weeks of a building Moon, could set up continued excellent fishing here in Kona.
The past few weeks have been a bit slower than the first part of September when multiple bites were more the norrm than the exception. On Saturday, the new moon, we caught a shortbilled spearfish on a 3/4 day charter and on Sunday we tagged a small blue marlin right out of the gate. There are still some really good blue marlin showing up here and there as well, with several in the 600-900 pound class being tagged and released recently.
In addition to the blue marlin and spearfish, we are still seeing an occasional Ono (Wahoo) here and there as well as a few Mahi Mahi moving in as well. The lingering affects of the Super El Nino are keeping the water warmer than usual, and that means an extended fishing season here in Kona. Continue reading “Report – Excellent Fishing here in Kona” »
Fishing Kona Report September 2016 – Hawaii – The Big Island – September has always been one of my favorite months to fish in Kona. The town slows down and empties out, the hectic fishing tournament season is over but the fishing remains as good as it gets most any month of the year and this year was certainly no exception.
2016 in general has been one of the best years fishing in Kona Hawaii for Blue Marlin and Shotbilled spearfish in recent memory. The summer months this year produced consistent action and solid fish for most charter boat operators here on the Big Island. The last part of August and the first half of September saw some of the best fishing all year and we had multiple days back-to-back with 2, 3 and as many as 6 bites per charter. During this time, we saw a mixed bag of Shortbilled Spearfish, Blue Marlin, Ono (Wahoo) and Ahi (Yellowfin Tuna). Be sure to like and follow our Facebook page to see our recent catches and keep up to date with all the action on the Humdinger.
A few days after the full moon, as is typical, we started to see a bit of a slowdown that continued through the second half of the month. However, during this time, some really good fish were caught and released by the Kona Sportfishing fleet including one that was called a solid 900 pounds by one boat. In the past week, we have seen some strong trade winds move over the island and some really good schools of baitfish have moved in as well. We haven’t been catching fish every day, but we’ve been picking at ‘em here and there and tagging a few small ones, and I remain encouraged that the consistent trade wind patterns we are seeing now and the arrival of baitfish are very encouraging signs for the next few weeks as we move toward the full moon again. Continue reading “Best Fishing in Kona Hawaii Report for Blue Marlin and Shotbilled Spearfish” »