Hawaii Fishing Report for Kona July 2011 – July is one of the best months in Kona Hawaii to catch Blue Marlin and the Kona Charter Boat fleet proved that once again this month.  According to The Charter Desk, during the month of July, anglers caught 337 Blue Marlin in Kona ( 242 tag and release and 95 weighed in).  The three largest blue marlin caught in Kona during July weighed 868 lbs, 815 lbs and 733 lbs.  Three fish estimated at over 800 lbs were tagged and released by anglers.  In addition to the great blue marlin fishing here in Kona in July, 84 Ahi ( yellowfin ) Tuna were caught this month.  The three largest fish weighed in at 229 lbs, 207 lbs and 207 lbs.  Kona Charter Boats also reported 2 Black Marlin, 4 sailfish, 19 short billed spearfish and one striped marlin.

July is the busiest month for sportfishing tournaments here in Kona Hawaii.  The Humdinger Sportfishing team went on to win this years Skins Marlin Derby, tagging 5 blue marlin for a total of 1,000 points and taking the Skin on day three of the event.  The total payout to team Humdinger was $38,000.  You can read the whole story on our website by clicking on this link:

Humdinger Wins Skins Marlin Derby

Read more about the Skins Marlin Derby and all the other great events that are part of the Hawaii Marlin Tournament Series by visiting www.KonaTournaments.com.

For more information on Kona sportfishing charters on the Big Island of Hawaii, contact Captain Jeff Fay, Humdinger Sportfishing Kona Hawaii, at (808) 325-3449.

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Meet the Captains

Jeff Fay, Captain 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.

Brett Fay, Co-Captain 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.