John Wilson of Placerville California caught this nice blue marlin estimated at 500 lbs on his first Hawaii fishing charter in Kona Hawaii. The marlin exploded onto the short bait and put up a spectacular fight, taking line and jumping several times during the fight. Captain Jeff Fay navigated the Humdinger perfectly, allowing deck hand Henry “Butch” Chee to bring the big fish along side for clean tag and release.
Fishing Trip Reviews
First 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
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
On my last trip to Kona, Capt Jeff put me on my first blue marlin, a 300 lb fish we caught on live bait. On my recent return to Kona, I had the pleasure to fish Jeff again, and this time his son Brett who now is co-captain and crew. The crew didn’t disappoint. We caught a nice spearfish, and went 1-2 on blue marlin on a 3/4 fishing charter and it all happened within sight of the shoreline. Great trip guys!! Thanks again. See you on our next visit.
Julious D Houston, Texas Visited June 2016
We fished the last 2 days with Capt. Jeff and Brett Fay on the Humdinger, a classic Rybovich sportfish with an amazing history. We competed in the Rock n’ Reel Classic, the first Kona tournament of the 2016 schedule. Our first day my daughter caught not one but two shortbill spearfish, a rare species that seasoned fishermen spend their lives trying to catch. Simply amazing. On day two we caught two blue marlin, thus winning the second day’s competition and placing us second overall in the tournament. Great fun!!! The equipment on the boat is first rate and well maintained. The crew is top- notch as well. We got 4 billfish strikes and caught all 4 due to the experience of Jeff and Brett. Not one mis-step, which is critical when fishing these great fish. If you want your best chance of catching your target species here on Kona, the Humdinger can’t be beat!!!
CGR3 New Orleans, Louisiana Visited June 2016