Summer has arrived and the fishing in Kona is red hot!! Over the past few weeks, good numbers of Blue Marlin, Shortbilled Spearfish and Ono have been caught. Since January 1st, 55 Blue Marlin over 500 pounds have been reported by the fleet. June through September is the peak season for fishing in Kona. During this period, expect to catch Blue Marlin, Ahi Tuna, Shortbilled Spearfish, Ono and the occasional MahiMahi. Read more
Kona Fishing Report – May – 2017 | The Big Island of Hawaii – May turned out to be a fantastic month here in Kona. The weather calmed down, the trade winds set into their normal pattern and with them came the fish. The first half of the month brought a really good marlin bite […]
Kona Fishing Report – March 2017 – The Big Island of Hawaii – The fishing in Kona was a bit up and down during the month of March due to a series of spring storms that moved over the Hawaiian Islands. This is a pretty typical weather pattern for this type of year, with winter […]
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. Read more
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. Read more
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. Read more
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. Read more