Kona Hawaii – September 2011
The Kona Sportfishing Charter Boat Fleet wrapped up the month of September with some impressive catches. According to the Charter Desk in Kona, the Kona Sportfishing Fleet caught a total of 196 Blue marlin during the month of September. Anglers chose to tag and release 129 blue marlin and weighed 67 fish, the three largest weighing in at 943 pounds, 850 pounds, and 675 pounds. In addition to the great Blue Marlin Fishing in Kona this past September, anglers caught 24 Ahi Tuna, 1 Pacific Sailfish, 1 Black Marlin and 1 Shortbilled Spearfish. The three largest Ahi Tuna caught during the month of September in Kona weighed in at 202.5 pounds, 192.5 pounds and 180 pounds respectively.
September is also the month that the Kona Tournaments fishing season wraps up. After winning the Skins Marlin Derby earlier in the year, the crew of the Humdinger went on to secure top honors in the 21st Annual Tag and Release Tournament (TART) in Kona by tagging and releasing 8 Blue Marlin during the five day event. This is the eighth win in the 21 year history of the Tag and Release Tournament for Captain Jeff Fay and Team Humdinger.
Contact Captain Jeff Fay, Humdinger Sportfishing, 808-325-3449 office or 808-936-3034 cell
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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.