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.
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Fishing Trip Reviews
Captain Jeff and Brett were great! We are seasoned anglers and can tell a top notch operation when we see it and they for sure are! We were able to hook up 2 marlins during our trip and it was just a great experience. We will be back again and for sure will be booking another trip with the humdinger crew!
Christa M, Visited September 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
Had the chance to book a Kona fishing charter on our trip to the big island and was fortunate to find a half day charter on the Humdinger on short notice. Having done a lot of deep sea fishing on party boats, I wasnt sure what to expect on a private charter. We never fished far from shore, maybe a mile or two at the most. We caught a small blue marlin and a rare speafish and missed a mystery bite. All in all it was a great day and the crew was fantastic. I would highly recommend them.
ShortBait1966, Visited June 2016
An absolutely wonderful excursion! There were 3 of us that booked a 4 hour charter on the Humdinger. One in our group had deep sea fishing on her bucket list and she is thrilled that Captain Jeff and his son Brett were the ones to see it through! At first it looked like it would just be a 4 hour boat ride but we were still having a great time. We got to visit with Brett and talked about everything from fishing to places for great local plate lunches. Brett is a very polite, professional and friendly young man. And if you get a hit you can watch him fly into action, an impressive sight! On the way back our bucket list friend got a hit and reeled in a 30 plus pound short nosed spearfish – a blast for all of us!! After tons of pictures Brett filleted the fish, packed it in bags and put it on ice for us. Fortunately, we were staying in a condo so we could enjoy the catch. We had it grilled, pan sautéed, lightly breaded in pano, etc. Definitely ate more fish in two weeks than we usually do in a year! We also shared some with a friend that lives on the island. Captain Jeff is a very pleasant and knowledgeable man but we didn’t get to visit much with him during the charter because he was upstairs piloting the boat. Before we left the mainland we called several charters for information and pricing. Having never gone deep sea fishing we were clueless about everything and had tons of questions. Captain Jeff very patiently answered and re-answered all of our questions. He was also the best priced charter of the ones we called. We highly recommend the Humdinger and it’s awesome father/son team to anyone looking for a great experience deep sea fishing!
chastikea Kailua-Kona, Hawaii Visited May 2016