The month of April shaped up to be a very good month for fishing in Kona with a very good number of good sized fish being caught during April. All in all, the total tally came in at just above 100 Marlin for the month. The first half of the month started off red hot with a few really nice marlin being tagged or weighed with two black marlin among them.
- 3/29 500, 300,320
- 3/30 350
- 3/31 574, 500 black marlin
- 4/1 650, 590, 450 400 black marlin
- 4/2 450
- 4/3 342
- 4/6 500
- 4/8 300
From April the 8th through the end of the month, over 75 marlin were tagged or weighed according the to the fuel dock. The second half of the month was even better as far as size goes with a 650, 650, 600, 590, 574, 500 rounding out the more notable catches. In addition to the great blue marlin fishing in Kona, there are still good numbers of striped marlin and spearfish hanging around. For those looking to target something to throw on the grill, the Ono (Wahoo) are also starting to show up in good numbers and next month should be even better around the full moon as the month of may tends to be the peak of the migration through Kona for this species. If you are looking for a great deal on a 3/4 day (6 hour fishing charter) we are running a special offer this summer if you book and pay online. You can check availability and book a morning or afternoon departure right from the website. Just view the calendar below to check the dates and times we are available.
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.