July 2015 Fishing Saltwater Catch Report

Kona Fishing Saltwater Catch Report – July 6th, 2015 – The Big Island of Hawaii — We are at the peak of the prime time summer fishing season here in Kona Hawaii. Last month was way above average for Blue Marlin and Yellowfin Tuna with good numbers fish taken during June and a fairly decent number of big fish also weighed or tagged. Statewide, Hawaii has produced three Granders (a blue marlin over 1,000 pounds) this year with two of those coming from the waters just off the coast of the Big Island near Kona. Several days last month, boats were reporting multiple catches of Tuna and Blue Marlin and the Humdigner was no exception. We logged a number of trips last month, catching multiple Blue Marlin and Yellowfin Tuna on Fishing Charters in Kona. Several guests shared their reviews with photos on our TripAdvisor.com listing which you can view HERE.

This past Friday, 7/3/15, we tagged one blue marlin about 150 pounds and then hooked and lost another fish that looked to be about 600 pounds. We also hooked and lost an Ono (Wahoo) and a nice Ahi (Yellowfin Tuna) as well. Saturday, we fished the Word Cup Blue Marlin Tournament and the First Day for the Firecracker Open Tournament. Early in the day we raised a really nice Blue Marlin in the 600 pound class on the teaser right behind the boat, but never could get him to switch off to the lure we reeled up right under his nose. On Sunday, day two of the Firecracker tournament, we raised and missed another blue marlin but couldn’t get a good hookup. We did watch several other boats in the area catch and tag a number of fish on Sunday though, so the fish are definitely still hanging around.

Finally, congratulations goes out Anthony Johnson, fishing on the Pesca Grossa out of Maderia. Anthony is the winner of the 2015 Blue Marlin World Cup. In addition to bragging rights as the only boat in this year’s tournament to weigh a fish, Anthony goes home with a check for over $650,000 for the one day effort. You can read the Blue Marlin World Cup Tournament Recap HERE.

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If you are headed to the Big Island this summer and want to try your luck catching a giant Blue Marlin or Tuna, be sure to book your charters early. There are a lot of fishing tournaments during July and August and the balance of the days between these events will fill up very fast. You can always book our lowest rates on a Kona Fishing Charter right from our website, and a half day Kona fishing charter starts at just $399 for up to 6 people. Just view the calendar below for available dates and click the Book Now Button for the charter departing at your preferred time.

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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.