The Fishing in Kona has been a real mixed bag lately. A few weeks ago we had a really good run of Shortbilled Spearfish show up and had several days where we had multiple shots on charters. Last week, the Spearfish action slowed down a bit but the Striped Marlin showed up in good numbers and we were having good action on stripeys, with one triple header that we lost at the boat on a half day charter. Earlier this month, there were some really good Blue Marlin being caught in the 500-700 pound class. Several boats connected on good fish, and while lately that seems to have slowed a bit, there are still a few blues being caught here and there. Add to all of this the occasional Mahi Mahi and Tuna and the fishing in general has certainly been better than average.
The weather has really cooperated with us this winter. We have not had any major winter storms and the water has remained relatively calm and still is above average in temperature for this time of year with the remnants of the Super El Nino hanging on. All in all, this has been one of the best years on record for Fishing in Kona. 2015 produced a lot of big fish in Kona, a good number of Granders and overall consistent blue marlin fishing throughout the Fall and Winter months so far.
If you are considering fishing in Kona this year, be sure and book your charters early. We are taking reservations well into 2016 now and most of the month of August is already booked solid. Be sure to book online to get our best rates. You can check availability on the calendar below or just give us a call at 808-936-3034. Hope to see you in 2016!
Check Availability- Fishing in Kona Hawaii, 2016
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.