This past week, the fishing in Kona has been a bit spottier than the past few weeks due to changing currents and trade winds. There are still very good numbers of Blue Marlin holding in the area along with equally good numbers of YellowFin Tuna (Ahi) typically found this time of year. We have been mainly catching Blue marlin and Yellowfin Tuna the past few weeks, with the occasional Shortbilled Spearfish, Striped Marlin, Wahoo (Ono) and Mahi Mahi (Dorado). Friday July 31st was a Full Moon, and July was Blue Moon, with two full moons occurring during the month of July.
Friday we went 0/1 on Blue Marlin, but there were several nice fish caught on other boats including two blue marlin over 500 pounds and one over 300 pounds. On Thursday, July 30th we tagged a nice fish in the 300 pound class and missed another bite. On Wednesday, another boat fishing in the same are with us went 2/4 on blue marlin and 2/2 on striped marlin. Another small baot fishing for tuna had a double header on the line when an 800 pound Blue Marlin came up and ate one of the smaller tuna he was fighting. He fought the big marlin for about 15 minutes before it broke off.
Even when the fishing is spotty you never know when a giant is come out of the depths and take the bait. Kona is known as one of the best places in the world to catch a blue marlin over 1,000 pounds and it could happen any day of the year. There is still a lot of bait holding in the area and where the bait is the Marlin and Tuna are going to be hanging around looking for an easy meal.
Kona Gives Up Fourth Grander in 2015
The building side of a Blue Moon must be a good omen for giant Blue Marlin, because just three days before the Blue Moon, on Tuesday July 28 and one day before his 57th Birthday, Guy Kitaoka, fishing nearby on a 21 foot skiff with Capt. Darrel Omori, caught a giant Blue Marlin that tipped the scales at 1,368 pounds and was about 14.5 feet in length. The Grander, the fourth caught in Hawaii this year and the third caught this year in Kona, is largest Blue Marlin caught in Kona in the last 23 years.
If you are interested in booking a Kona Fishing Charter, be sure and check our availability online and book as soon as your dates are firmed up. We only have a few charters available through the end of August. It’s also not too early to start thinking about your winter fishing excursions. We are already booking charters over the popular Christmas and New Year’s Holiday dates. Check the calendar below and book online for the lowest rates on a Kona Fishing Charter on the Humdinger.
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Meet the Captains
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.
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.