Kona Fishing Report for June 2011 – The fishing remained red hot in Kona during the month of June as the peak summer sportfishing season got into full swing. During the month of June, the Kona charter boat fleet saw great action for anglers fishing off the Kona Coast with strong numbers of Ahi (yellowfin) Tuna, Blue Marlin and Shortbilled Spearfish being reported.
According to the Charter Desk, for the month of June the Kona Charter boat fleet reported a total of 100 Blue marlin, with 62 marlin tagged and released and 48 blue marlin weighed in. The largest three blue marlin for the month of June weighed in at 922.5 lbs, 809.5 lbs, and 745 lbs. Of the 62 blue marlin tagged and released by charter boats in Kona during June, five blue marlin were estimated at over 500 lbs. In addition to the great blue marlin fishing this month, 53 Ahi (yellowfin) tuna were weighed in by anglers with the top three fish weighing 206 lbs, 190.5 lbs and 173 lbs. The Kona charter boat fleet also reported 59 shortbilled spearfish, 4 striped marlin, 1 bigeye tuna and 1 swordfish.
June is typically one of the best months in Kona for blue marlin and tuna fishing and is the kickoff to the all the big money fishing tournaments in Kona Hawaii. The Hawaii Marlin Tournament Series runs each year from June through September with a number of two day and three day tournament events. For more information on the Hawaii Marlin Tournament Series, visit the Kona Tournaments website at www.KonaTournaments.com.
To book your Kona fishing charter on the Humdinger with captain Jeff Fay, call (808) 325-3449 or email us on our Contact Us page.
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.