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
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. Read more
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. Read more
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. Read more
Fishing Catch Report – September 3, 2016 – Kailua-Kona, Hawaii – The last several weeks have seen a definitive uptick in the fishing here in Kona. As of today, 2 hours into a 6 hour ¾ day charter we are 3 for 4 on Blue Marlin and 1 for 1 on Shortbilled spearfish. Yesterday we caught a really nice tuna for a client on a ½ day charter. Mix in a few Mahi Mahi and Ono here and there and most of our charters the past few weeks have seen really good action.
This year in general the fishing in Kona has been well above average, but in the last few weeks we have seen the best fishing I can recall in a long time. Many of the boats in the fleet are also experiencing similar results, with multiple bites/catches/tags each day. While there are a lot of Blue Marlin in the 150 to 250 pound class showing up right now, there are still good numbers of fish being tagged and released in the 500 to 850 pound class. The tunas have slowed down a bit from their summer peak, but we are still catching one or two per week right now. The action seems to be a little spottier as we head into the fall season. Read more
Fishing kona Report – June 15, 2016 – Kona, Hawaii – The fishing in Kona has remained very consistent this year and 2016 looks to be another great year here in Kona. As good as 2015 was, this year the fishing is shaping to be just as good if not better. While the numbers of fish remain steady, as well as decent numbers of fish over 500 lbs. being reported, Kona hasn’t given up its first grander of the year yet. By this time last year, at least three fish over the 1,000 pound mark had been weighed and at least one or two others released. It could happen for anyone at any time, but you have to put your time in.
The shortbilled spearfish showed up in March and are still hanging around in good numbers. Most boats are getting at least a few shots on spearfish each trip. Over this past weekend we tagged several spearfish and tagged two Blue Marlin as well. There are good numbers of Blue Marlin and Tuna being caught trolling right now with the occasional Mahi Mahi and Wahoo (Ono) mixed in. Monday a fish over 700 pounds was caught by another boat and a third boat caught 3 Blue Marlin, a Tuna and a Spearfish.
Over the weekend we fished the Rock & Reel tournament with a client and won over $13,000, taking 2nd overall and winning the most points in the daily on Sunday. If you are interested in fishing a tournament in Kona this year, we still have an opening for the Firecracker Open and the Skins Marlin Derby due to a last minute cancellation. Give us a call on the phone number at the bottom of this page and we can give you more details. Read more
Fishing News Report May 19, 2016 – Kailua-Kona, Hawaii – May got off to a bit of a slow start with inconsistent fishing and squally weather, but things kicked into high gear the last week and everything turned around. Most of the boats are getting multiple shots on shortbilled spearfish on most trips along with the occasional striped marlin. This week, the Tuna action turned on with a number of really good fish in the 150-240 pound range being weighed. In addition to the really good Spearfish bite and Tunas showing up, good numbers of Blue Marlin are also showing up as well.
As good as 2015 was for Blue Marlin, we are already ahead of the 2015 tally this year and the fishing has been consistent. While nobody has yet to weigh a grander this year, there have been two fish called in the 900 pound range, one tagged and released and one broken off and one fish “Well Over” 1,000 that broke off but not before some great photos captured the massive girth on the old girl. Today (Wednesday May 18th) we went 2 for 2 on Blue Marlin 150/200 pounds respectively on a 3/4 day charter and over the past week have had multiple days with multiple hookups on Spearfish, Blue Marlin and Striped Marlin. To round things out, the Ono (Wahoo) have started showing up as well. The month of May usually marks the beginning of their migration through the Hawaiian waters off Kona and you can expect that the bite will only improve over the coming weeks. Read more
The Big Island of Hawaii – April 30, 2016 – The fishing in Kona has been fairly consistent this Spring for Spearfish and Striped Marlin. We have had a few fronts that moved through the islands and slowed things down for a few days, but once those cleared out and the trade winds returned, the fishing turned back on in a day or two. During March and April, there have been really good numbers of Shortbilled Spearfish being caught. Most boats are getting multiple shots and catching or tagging multiple fish per charter. Friday April 29th, we got a surprise when Captain Keith Colburn from the hit TV Show “The Deadliest Catch” showed up for a charter. We were able to connect on a nice spearfish for Keith and his daughter and missed another Striped Marlin as well. In addition to the great Spearfish action, there have been a lot of Striped Marlin being caught the past month as well.
The Blue Marlin action has been better than decent with a number of really big fish being caught, tagged or lost. One boat called a fish 900+ and tagged it earlier in the month and another lost a fish they got a great picture of that they called 1,300. We’ll never know, but it was a giant for sure. Kona has yet to give up a grander this year, and that is off track from previous history. It could happen any day now. Read more
Kona Fishing Deep Sea Report April 12, 2016 – The Big Island, Hawaii – The fishing has picked up after a bit of a slowdown last week. On Tuesday, we Tagged & Released a nice Blue Marlin that went about 450-500 pounds. We also caught a nice Mahi Mahi, but lost it at the leader. Lately, there have been some other nice Blue Marlin caught. Also yesterday, another boat Tagged and Released a VERY nice Blue Marlin they estimated to be 900 pounds. There are still some Shotbilled Spearfish hanging around and a few Striped Marlin being caught. The water was a little bumpy last week, but things seem to be calming down. We are back on the building side of the moon now with the full moon next week, so the conditions are shaping for a good week of fishing ahead. Be sure and book your Summer Fishing Charters in Kona soon.
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Hope to see you in Kona soon. Aloha! Read more