Called the company as Hurricane Lane had just passed and needed to know what it was going to be like as all the weather channels said high winds etc. After speaking to the owner he told me I could cancel full refund or if we went out and found it bad after 2 hours I can cancel for full refund. He assured me the weather we see and read is nothing like what it is. He was so right.
Fred S, Tampa, Florida, Visited August 2018
Slayed the Onos with Captain Bret and Robert
I had a 6 hour trip and took advantage of the full 6 hours and they stayed a little longer. Great fishing, catching ONO (wahoo) and tuna. Many bites with landing 4 ONO and 2 tuna.
scoutcally, Janesville, Wisconsin, Visited August 2018
Great Half day fishing trip
The boat is older but very well maintained and you get the feel of security when aboard as you can feel the boat is solid. Capt. Brent Fay, may be a little younger, at 26, but being second generation captain here in Kona, he knows his stuff when it comes to fishing these waters.
ECSanDiego, San Diego, California, Visited August 2018
First trip ever 4 hour charter
Booked Humdinger for first deep sea charter and was not disappointed. Caught two very nice Mahi mahi which we took to a local restaurant for dinner the next night. Brett and Rob worked very hard for us to have a pleasureable experience. I highly recommend Humdinger charters..
BillofCt, Visited August 2018
Had a great time!
Even though we didn’t catch anything Brett was great! We had lots of fun and would definitely go out with hem again.
terralaine87, Friendswood, Texas, Visited August 2018
Excellent trip! Great Captain & Crew!
Brett and Robert were great. We managed to hook into two marlin and a couple of tuna. It was an excellent day! Would recommend Humdinger to anyone visiting the Big Island.
telrod8218, Visited August 2018
Great Charter Service, Great People, Highly Recommend
We had a Great Trip it was Beautiful and Great Memories were definitely made. Man was the Yellowfin Tasty
Dennie L, Washington DC, District of Columbia, Visited August 2018
A day of fishing
The day of fishing was absolutely incredible, we caught 3 Blue Marlin, an 80 lb yellowfin tuna and a spearfish which are only in Hawaiany waters. The crew was very professional and fun to be with. This boat and crew catches fish and you will have a great time doing it. Thank you guys for a magical day. Benson, Greg, and Rob
Tlizzy999, Key Largo, Florida, Visited july 2018
Badass fishing trip!
Thank you to Brett and (terrible with names) crewmate! We hooked up and tagged 2 blue marlin and landed a spearfish for dinner, more than we could have hoped for. Made my father in law and I’s trip! What a fight! We will never forget that experience!
billwood89117, Visited july 2018
Kaniela, deck hand, had tons of information and was more than happy to share and then it happened. A solid bite with a screaming reel. I jumped in the seat and Kaniela set the pole in the chair. It was a beautiful 100 pound Blue Marlin. With a successful tag and some pics Kaniela turned it loose to roam the seas again. We had a great time. Thank You Humdinger. When we make it back to the Big Island we will do it again. Mahalo.
paulcool2018, Pensacola, Florida, Visited july 2018
We had a wonderful day fishing with Brett and Kanilela – our family of six purchased a six hour fishing trip and it couldn’t have been better. The attention to detail and interest in everyone having a good time showed. We pulled in four skipjack tuna and a 5’8
Michelle J, Visited july 2018
Great Crew and Great Time
Very fun and enjoyable fishing charter. Knowledgeable, friendly and professional crew on a comfortable well equipped vessel. I highly recommend this charter and hope to come back again soon.
Mike W, Tierra Verde, Visited july 2018
Best Charter in Kona!!!
Wow what a great charter Brett and his first mate Kaniela were amazing!! Took my wife 2 kids and parents on the boat. We caught 2 ono and 4 nice yellowfin. They were great woth my kids when the youngest got sick Kaniela stepped in and got her on a reel to catch a Ono and boom sickness was gone!! I can’t say enough on how much effort they put into finding fish and making the trip a great memory. Only Charter I will ever take. Mahalo to my Hawaiian Friends!!!
KevInmorris859, Vancouver, Washington Visited June 2018
My wife and I both caught a tuna and dad caught an ono. It was truly a great experience. One that I will never forget. Thank you Brett and Cowboy. You helped make it a time to remember
Shelia B, Laceys Spring, Alabama, Visited June 2018
Wonderful fishing trip
Humdinger sportfishing was very easy to book with and a very fun trip. They were right on time and had every detail taken care of for us. It was awesome that we caught a spearfish in our first hour out. We booked a six hour trip and when a couple of our party got seasick they had no problem taking us in a bit early at our request. We would highly recommend them!!!
lisahill69, Modesto, California, Visited June 2018
we went on a 4 hour charter. did not catch anything. got a bite but the fish spit the hook while trying to reel in. still had a good time. took my adult children and spouses whom had never been before. the charter before mine caught a yellow fin tuna and did not take all of it. the captain gave us some of that and also some spearfish he had. grilled all of it up when we got to the apt. GREAT DAY!!
dogsnahog, Greenup, Illinois Visited June 2018
Great trip with Humdinger!
We chartered the boat for 6 hours and I’m glad we did. Missed a shortbilled spearfish and 3 or 4 other Yellowfin strikes before finally hooking into a ~100#’er at hour 4.5 that my Wife reeled in. She was exhausted but ecstatic with her catch of a lifetime! Brett and Kaniali are an outstanding team and the thing I was most impressed with was the professionalism and customer care these 2 young men provided. Something that is becoming more rare these days! Will definitely book them again when we (hopefully!) return.
j1p0well, Fort Worth, Texas, Visited June 2018
Fishing in Kona
Excellent trip. Good crew. Caught a sailfish just as the tides were changing. We kept all the fish we caught. Other captains let you keep only 50 lbs.
Raymond G, Copperas Cove, United States, Visited June 2018
3/4 day fishing adventure
Excelent trip, nice boat, good equipment, frendly knowlegable crew, took home lots of excelent Ono fillets, cut up,bagged,and on on ice before we docked. Highly recommend…
davetds1 Boise, Idaho, Visited June 2018
The crew was great – really helpful and knowledgeable. They worked hard to make sure we had a good time. Our son caught a nice spearfish and we had another bite as well. I would definitely recommend Humdinger, and would use again if we had the opportunity to fish the Big Island.
Travelmom M, Visited June 2018
Awesome trip these guys are legit.
We did a 3/4 day trip. Hooked a Blue Marlin early but it spit the hook. Caught some trash with crabs, then later landed about a 100# Yellowfin tuna. Just had some for dinner tonight. Would do it again in a heartbeat.
mjviale, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, Visited June 2018
Honestly best finishing charter
I’ve done charters all over the world! This by far was one of the best experiences. Only caught one of three hook ups. But the crew was so full knowledge and enjoyable!
dblplay0566, Visited June 2018
The captain Brett and Chris the deckhand were very helpful and led us into catching a 100 lb yellow fin tuna. They were very laid back and were extremely happy for us when we caught the fish. They helped prepare the fish meat for us and told us ways they liked to cook it. The rest of the unwanted meat was given to people around the island rather than selling it to restaurants to make an extra dime. Very great time’
Amanda S, Visited June 2018
No Marlin but Tuna
Tried for Marlin but caught two Yellowfin Tuna. Left the dock with Capt. Brett and Mate Konnella aka Cowboy. The first fish we caught was a Yellowfin Tuna which took off like a rocket. Got him to the boat. It was estimated at 100 pounds. Started fishing again and caught a 5 foot long Spearfish. Set out the line again and caught another yellowfin tuna. This one was bigger at 130 pounds. There was an hour left on the charter and Capt. Brett said let’s try to catch you that marlin but no luck. We had an awesome day. If you want a great time on the water, contact this crew. They are GREAT !!! Thanks again Humdinger !!!
John B, Visited May 2018
You could not ask for a better crew or time. We booked them for two days and caught the fish of a life time 141
r0nbarnes Swanton, Ohio, Visited May 2018
Knowledgable Captain and First Mate
We had a pretty good time. Reeled in a couple of Chuggers. Great eatin Wish we could have snagged a couple of other types of fish but hey that’s fishing. Like a box of chocolates you never know what your going to get ;-)
Bogy409 Stockton, California, Visited May 2018
Best sport fishing on the island!
Could not have asked for a better fishing outing with Captain Brett and Kamiela from Humdinger! They were extremely accommodating and made us feel at home on their boat. They were even sympathetic when one of us spent most of the trip nauseated and throwing up! We were psyched to land a 100+ pound Blue Marlin, what an experience! Both guys busted their butts to get that fish up to the boat for us to take a closer look at/take photos. We didn’t get any more bites, but we didn’t mind as we had great conversation with the staff. They offered us fresh fish they caught earlier in the day once we got back to the dock, and boy was it amazing! Please consider these guys for your next excursion!
Angie J Richfield, Minnesota, Visited May 2018
Capt Jeff and Brett were very professional and informative. We had 3 strikes, just wasn’t my day, and came up empty. Would definitely recommend and use them again when I come back.
rschwartz1000 Gilbertsville,Kentucky, Visited April 2018
Good Trip But No Fish
Well we were the unlucky ones. The captain and crew were great. started us out early as they saw us in the parking lot, but after 4 hours we did not see or catch a single fish. But we will go back again. learned a lot about trolling, lures etc.
svaradan, Visited April 2018
I took my sons on a half day fishing trip and we all had a fantastic time! Brett and Kamiela were knowledgeable, personable and worked extremely hard for us the entire trip. They made us feel welcome on the boat and really did everything to make this an enjoyable and memorable experience for me and my boys (their first sport fishing experience). We caught a 45# spearfish, and Kamiela helped my son reel in and boat the fish, which weighed almost as much as my son. I’ve been on several similar charters around the world and this was one of the best that I’ve experienced. Top notch!
jhollingsworth4 Fishers, Indiana, Visited April 2018
REALLY BIG FISH!!!!
We caught a 450 pd Blue Marlin!!! Captain Brett and Cowboy gave us a great time and very memorable trip!! Beautiful day, best time, big fish!! Thank you!!!
Rainville2017 Phoenix, Arizona, Visited April 2018
Great crew, great time!
We had a great time! Captain Brett and Kamiela were great too. I landed a massive Blue Marlin!!! Exactly what I wanted…
W R Milwaukee, Visited April 2018
Ditman Fishing Charter
Excellent trip. Caught a 500lb blue marlin!! Will definitely book another on the next trip to the island!
jayditman5 Williamston, Michigan, Visited April 2018
We had an amazing time out with Humdinger! Great crew! Very professional, yet friendly and fun. I will definitely recommend and book with them again!
dylancalverley Cloquet, Minnesota, Visited March 2018
Wow what an incredible experience. we tagged and released a 450lb Blue Marlin. Capt.Brett and Cowboy were great. The boat and fishing gear are top notch. If your’e going to fish in Kona these guys are a must. Thanks again we will be back.
timewatts Marysville, Visited March 2018
One of the Best fishing Charter we have ever been on!
These guys were very informed and professional and fun! We caught 3 yellow fin tuna 20/30/70, and they cleaned the two little ones for us to take with us. Boat was very clean and these two make a great team! We have been on many charters in Kona and this was one of the best! Most of the charters don’t let you keep the catch at all but these guys did!
Sandy R, Visited March 2018
Last minute fishing trip
Captain was knowledgeable and professional, Crew was friendly and helpful. Equipment, although I didn’t get to use it, seemed top notch for the fish we were after. Enjoyable experience on the water. I would fish with them again for sure. Just need a little more luck.
freebowhunter, Visited March 2018
Be fishing for a Blue Marlin for several times over the years. It’s also about giving and relation.Well I got both my first Marlin and Captin Bret and deck hand aka Cowboy.The new friends I made was very much a part of this great experience, I truly expect to talk to them as well as to go fishing again with them.They are truly all in in what they love to do, p.s. paradise at work with P.D. go get-um! Kirk
gon2rac, Visited March 2018
Sent the 3 men fishing, so the girls could beach it!
Great fishing! The men caught enough dinner for four nights (thank goodness one couple lives on Island, so they scored!). Easy to find location. Boat was very clean. Captain’s mate (boat hand?) was VERY personable. High;y recommend!
sandykra7, Visited March 2018
We went on the 3/4 day trip, all 6 of us had a great time. Only caught one fish but it was delicious! Thanks to the crew for cleaning it and giving cooking instructions.
Jeanette H, Visited March 2018
Great day out on the water
Beautiful boat and nice fishing out on the water. Crew was wonderful. Once we docked we had our best meal in Hawaii eating our catch.
EHCarley Chicago, Illinois, Visited March 2018
Catch of a lifetime!
These guys were great to work with. We did all the types of fishing I wanted. Nit just trolling but also bittom fishing. If you want to catch fish these guys can put tou on the meat. Keep your catch! On the way back in we got a 700 pund marlin. Amazing charter!
zdu, Visited January 2018
Helpful crew, clean boat, and fish
What first impressed me about Humdinger was the captain and crew were ready to go as soon as we showed up at 6:30. Lines were in the water as soon as we cleared the harbor. A lot of captains just sit back and let the deck hand do all the work but on Humdinger, he was right there helping to get the lines out. The boat was clean (especially the bathroom). Our son caught a spearfish right off the bat which was great fun (and great ceviche later that night). Then his girlfriend hooked into a huge marlin. The captain and deck hand did everything they could to help her bring it into the boat but it was just too big and too strong. Some boat captains can be grumpy when the big one gets away but they were very supportive of the novice angler who was fighting the marlin, helping as much as they could but letting her take the lead as much as she could. And no pouting when it got off. We really enjoyed our day on the water with Humdinger.
San Francisco, California, Visited January 2018
No fish, but wonderful!
We had a blast on this fishing trip! We didn’t end up catching anything but we understand that happens sometimes and found this trip worth it anyway. The captin and his crew are great and any time I’m out on the water, it’s a good day.
Juneau, Alaska, United States, Visited January 2018
We had a great time fishing just unfortunately we did not get a bite. The crew was exceptional and profession and we would certainly go out with them again.
brianjL57IH, Visited January 2018
Even though we did not boat any fish, our Captain and deck hand put in a 200% effort. Next time we are in Kona we will fish with them again.
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, Visited January 2018
Great time on the boat. Didn’t catch any fish, but not because of a lack of effort from the crew. That’s fishing. Highly recommend this charter.
gillegre1270, Visited January 2018
Great experience, Great people!
I booked this charter for my husband for our 25th anniversary. We had never been sport fishing before but my husband has always talked about wanting to catch a Blue Marlin. Before I booked our charter I called and spoke with Bret. He was very friendly and had no problem taking the time to answer my many questions. We booked the 3/4 day starting at 6:30 am. This turned out to be the perfect amount of time. The morning started slow but we had great conversation with the crew. They were so nice that it felt like we were fishing with friends. Between trolling and changing up the lures and adding a teaser fish they did everything they could to make sure that we would catch something. Then 3 hours in we hooked a Blue Marlin, and an hour and a half later we hooked a short billed spearfish. We just couldn’t believe that we caught two fish and the crew was just as happy for us. In conclusion we just can’t give Humdinger a high enough rating. Their dedication, professionalism and genuine love of fishing just can’t be beat. We are looking forward to returning to Kona and fishing with them again. If you book with these guys will not be disappointed.
kimberly2319, Visited August 2017
Great time with my kids
Jeff and Brett were great with us greenhorns. My youngest son is 13 and it was his first time ocean fishing and he caught a 125 lb Marlin. They were both very patient! We will be back
Roseburg, Oregon, Visited July 2017
Best Experience! Very professional
These guys are great! Always working hard to find fish. Great personalities, good people in general. Know the area well.
jasonlsmith55, Visited june 2017
Great day fishing,caught a 30 pound spearfish, unfortunately not the big one. Capt. Brett Fey and Mate, “Cowboy” certainly tried to find fish! We had a great time and would recommend them highly! Thanks guys for a great day! See you again. Blaine & Nan McKenzie, Jupiter, Florida
racinrags Florida USA, Visited june 2017
First time charter
My daughter and I had a great time! Jeff and his son Brett were awesome. Will definitely charter with them again. Phil
Phil F Apple Valley, California, Visited june 2017
We had an amazing time in our trip with Humdinger, both captain and crew were very courteous and helpful! Would reccomend this trip to everyone!
jesse892017, Visited june 2017
After a very quick callback from my website inquiry, Humdinger answered all my questions and we booked a 4 hour mid-day charter. We were only in Kona for a short time on a cruise ship stop, so this limited our fishing time. After a short cab ride from the pier to the Humdinger slip we met the crew right on time. The boat, the gear, and most importantly the crew were top notch. They have excellent equipment on a well maintained and comfortable boat. We got to fishing quickly but unfortunately no hook ups during our short trip. Still they tried hard and did everything they could to put us on the fish. We had a fun time, with good conversation and an enjoyable time on the sea. Next time we’re in Kona we’ll be back to try again.
IIP2 Texas, Visited june 2017
Have been on a total of 5 boats in Kona for fishing. This one is my favorite. Brett and his dad make a great team . Professional and just good people. We will be back.
Aleka2 Pleasanton, California, Visited june 2017
Humdinger sportfishing rocks!
Chartered a 4 hour session on Humdinger to try to catch wahoo. Had already caught bluefin, yellowfin, albacore, skipjack and bonito in years before in my home waters off San Diego. Told the captain I wanted to complete the series with a wahoo (ono). Two hours into the charter – POW – a double hook-up with wahoo. Boated a 14-pounder and a 17-pounder. Mission accomplished. In addition to the thoroughly professional work by Captain Jeff Fay with son Brett crewing, they steered me to a local Thai restaurant that cooks sport caught fish. My wife and I had a great meal of curry wahoo from the fillets the Fays provided me. Couldn’t ask for a better fishing charter!
larrybT8627SX, Visited june 2017
I highly recommend Humdinger!
I surprised my boyfriend with a chartered fishing trip and am so glad we did. It was an awesome time. We even managed to see whales on our tour which was an added bonus. The crew was very attentive and was determined that we would not go back empty handed. My boyfriend and I each managed to snag a good size mahi-mahi on our tour. We were also very close to a sail fish but unable to catch it- but it was still exciting. The captain even helped me via the boat when it was my turn to lure in my fish. Great crew and awesome time. I would certainly book with them again if my travels take me back to Hawaii!
lynnbehr Hugo, Minnesota, Visited june 2017
Great charter experience
The captain and crew were very accommodating and knowledgeable. Our group was two couples, with all of us having very little deepwater fishing experience. The weather was bad and thisblerge fish weren’t cooperating, however the captain managed to find a lost fishing net that was holding a few fish. We managed to catch a couple Mahi Mahi, and missed one Ahi later in the trip. I would definitely book with the Humdinger again!
michael_pulvino, Visited May 2017
Back after two years
We had a great time fishing with Captains Jeff and Brett. This time we only got two strikes a by a spearfish but last time we got a striped Marlin.
stlcardinals09 st. louis, Visited May 2017
A great day fishing
Captain Brett and Ryan gave us a great day fishing on the humdinger. The boat was very comfortable and the crew was well versed in fishing these waters. They were very informative and we had a really great time. We also tagged and released a 300 lb marlin on this trip. Kona is known as the billfish capital of the world and it lived up to its reputation. Thanks Captain Brett and Ryan for a great fishing trip.
Edward W Nashville, Tennessee, Visited May 2017
400lb Blue Marlin
We started off the 6 hour charter a little slow, but ended up getting into a spear fish and then a beautiful 400+lb blue Marlin.. epic day to say the least. Captain and crew were very knowledgeable and made all 6 of us feel like ohana “family” would definitely go again and would recommend the humdinger for your next charter…
Lucky98248 Ferndale, Washington, Visited May 2017
Get Hooked Up
Looking for a way to celebrate my fishing enthusiast husband’s 40th birthday in Kailua-Kona, HI, we found Humdinger Sportfishing online and booked right away. To give you an idea of their popularity, they were booked weeks out so make sure you plan ahead to secure your spot (you don’t wanna miss out on fishing on the Humdinger). The reservation was easy and when we finally got there, they gave us directions to the dock. There are 2 parking spots right in front where the boat is parked. Prior to leaving, we spoke to a few other boats on the dock and learned about the great reputation that the Humdinger had locally which made us even more stoked. Our hard-working crew for this trip was Captain Brett and the first mate Rob. They were both personable, friendly, experienced and extremely knowledgeable. If you’ve never been fishing before, they will go over everything as well as physically run through the entire process prior to hooking up. Brett knew and took us to all the spots to get fish on. Once we had one on the line (which you will if you fish on the Humdinger), Rob provided guidance the whole time until the fish was on the boat. We took the AM 3/4 trip and caught 2 sailfish. We had such a good time, we will definitely come back to Kona, HI just to fish with Humdinger Sportfishing. Thanks again to Humdinger and the awesome crew!!
Jan Christine L, Visited May 2017
“A great morning fishing, with a really friendly and helpful crew”
This was our first experience of deep sea fishing, it was great to be out fishing promptly in the clear morning light at 06:30am.We landed, tagged and then released a short nose spear fish, which was wonderful, with a mid sized Blue Marlin approaching the lure also, Brett and the team provided great instruction between looking out for the best area’s to fish on a day when most boats failed to secure a catch, it was a very enjoyable morning, my daughter really enjoyed it, it her 1st trip also.
Tim M, Visited May 2017
“Great day fishing”
We took our kids out and Jeff and Brett were great from the start. They both were very friendly and professional. We had a brief run down of the boat and were out fishing. Although we had no strikes, Brett changed out the lures a couple of times to see if we could drum up some action, but no luck. I would highly recommend Humdinger to anyone wanting to go out on the Big Island to fish.
Rod J Colorado City, Colorado, Visited May 2017
“Hatd working and friedly even though fish were missing in action”
We were not lucky with the fish but the hard working friendly crew were great! They changed the lines and tried to pull us over the fish. We had one strike it was a good 30 seconds early in the trip then all went quiet. We wanted to keep the catch for our use this is not the practice of many of the boats.
patrick f Gresham, Oregon, Visited April 2017
We got skunked but still a great trip captain Brett was a stand up guy and Kulua?? Sorry for spelling was an amazing guy ..we took our 2.5 year old and 4 year old out she even puked and wasn’t an issue, he made it feel like home . I hope you pay him well cause I would definitely go again and recommend .. thank you boys
Stephanie H, Visited April 2017
These guys were wonderful! The “big” fishes were not cooperating, but we went bottom fishing & were pulling them in like crazy…5 at a time!
gingernalan Acworth, Georgia, Visited April 2017
“Caught Rarest Billfish”
Captain Brett was awesome, First Mate Darren was extremely personable, clean boat, great equipment, smooth ride. Best of all we caught a 40 lb, 70″ Shortnose Spearfish in the first 30 minutes, the Rarest Billfish in the world, only found in Hawaii! We saw a pilot whale in the distance and some spinner dolphins just to sweeten the day. The rest of the trip did not yield any dditional bragging rights, but it was very clear that the spearfish was a real prize and definitely a huge brag! The cherry on top of our vacation! Mahalo!! Until next time Humdinger!
A TripAdvisor Member, Visited April 2017
“Family first trip to Kona, Blue Marlin Excitement”
My family of four chartered a trip on the Humdinger while in Kona on our boys’ spring break. We fished with Captain Brett Fay and Brandon W. the last week of March 2017. We headed out of the harbor and Brandon got all the lines/lures set. We were still getting acclimated to the setup and getting the rundown on the equipment and some tips/coaching on how to fight a fish when one of the reels went off. It was game on! How exciting! We knew immediately it was a Blue Marlin as it jumped out of the water in the distance. Thanks to some good coaching and over a half hour fight, we landed that 400 lb blue marlin! What a majestic creature, and a catch I’ll likely never forget! Brandon was able to tag and release the fish unharmed. It was quite a sight to see it swim away after that battle. It was the only hookup we had on the trip, but what a fish it was! Brett and Brandon were great hosts and really nice guys. It was fun to talk with them, and hear stories of how Brett’s dad brought this custom Rybovich to Kona. These guys are serious fishermen, and as a serious fisherman myself it was just as I had hoped for. Online booking was very quick and easy to look at availability and pricing to be able to plan your fishing trip to fit your needs. I’d recommend spending a little extra to get as much time with these guys on this boat as you can. It was also easy to add nice extras to your trip including drinks, sandwiches, go pro camera, and t-shirt right on the website. These are all reasonably priced items and very convenient so all you have to do is show up. I’d especially recommend the go-pro camera to capture video memories of your trip. Book with these guys and you won’t regret it. They know what they are doing! When I get back to Kona, I know I’ll be going out with them again. Thanks, guys!
bilyeufamily Indianapolis, Indiana, Visited March 2017
“First Marlin attempt”
I booked a trip with humdinger March 2017 while in Hawaii on my daughters spring break. My expectations were realistic – I wanted to try fishing for marlin even though it was not the prime season. I did not expect to hook or even land a monster. I just wanted to give it a shot. The captain made sure I had no issues with sea sickness as he wanted to fish a certain area that was away from the crowd on the windy side of the island. To my surprise 35 minutes in I was hooked up to a estimated 300 pound marlin that pulled 350 yards of drag out before coming unhooked. The fish gave us a few jumps before spitting the hook. Unfortunately that was the only bite of the day, but needless to say I am addicted and can’t wait to give it another go the next time I am in Hawaii. I will be back, I will have my revenge, and I will be on the Humdinger again.
sjritt10 Saint Paul, Minnesota, Visited March 2017
“The Ultimate Experience in Hawaii”
Our time with Humdinger Sport Fishing was the highlight of 2 weeks in Hawaii. We know that fishing does not guarantee catching but – 4 fisherman, 4 hook ups. We landed 3 and totally appreciated the guidance and assistance of Captain Brett and Cowboy. What a dream come true: a 500 pound blue marlin (released), a mahi mahi, and a short nosed spear fish. The guys were great, fun to be around, and really knew their business. Our guides also pointed out whales and even a sea turtle when we got back to the harbor. We’d recommend this to anyone, and would love to do it again.
SCOTT E Fort Collins, Colorado, Visited March 2017
“Could not have been better”
Jeff and Brett were awesome. Punctual. Did not skimp on the hours. Boat was immaculate. Super friendly and informative. We caught a mahi-mahi. Brett cleaned it, prepped it, bagged it and sent it home with us on a bed of ice. We left him the 2nd bag as 22# of fish was too much for our last 2 days on the island. I would highly recommend Humdinger. They are 2 really nice guys to spend a day with.
K156FOmichellef Boise, Idaho, Visited March 2017
“Awesome experience! Great crew!!!”
Jeff and Brett are stand up guys with a lifetime of fishing experience. Successful trip and grateful family!
Deborah H Yosemite National Park, California, Visited March 2017
“Great boat, awesome crew”
Although the fish did not co-operate and make a show, the boat was comfortable and well equipped. Jeff and Brett were helpful, friendly and worked all day to make our trip fun.
jeffwN55EK Vancouver, British Columbia, Visited February 2017
“Kona Sport fishing”
Great experience…again! Jeff and Brett really have the knack to put fish on the lines. Have fished on this boat off and on for 40 years and she always raises quality pelagic species.
rick_swanson9988 Seattle, Washington, Visited February 2017
“Persistence Pays Off…Blue Marlin!!!”
After catching nothing on a 1/2 day trip with another local charter, my wife and I decided we didn’t want that to be our lasting memory from our vacation to the Big Island. We did some research to find a different charter and luckily found Humdinger! From the start, Brett and Darren were amazing! They are down to earth guys who obviously know what they are doing…true professionals! As the sun was coming up (literally 10mins into charter) we hooked a 418lb Blue Marlin! I now have a story and photos that will last a lifetime. Next time we are on the Big Island, we are calling Humdinger!
d_brian_bridges San Francisco, California, Visited February 2017
We were unable to catch any fish, but they were both wonderful and made the experience fun anyway. We also were able to get some fantastic camera shots of dolphin. The waters were relatively calm, so that was a plus. Overall a great trip even though it would’ve been fantastic to actually catch fish. We would still book with them if we ever came back.
penpete712 Hensley, Visited February 2017
“Capt Fay did it again!”
Capt. Jeff Fay and Brett Fay did it again! Fun was had by all on our last outing fishing. 2/15/17 not the best time of year to fish and the weather can be unpredictable. Capt still put us on some Ono (Wahoo) and Mahi. I got to watch my son catch his first Mahi Mahi. A little slow fishing but always worth it on the Humdinger!
Sam H Mukilteo, Washington, Visited February 2017
Great boat with excellent treatment. Caught two fish in a short time – a huge marlin and a short-nosed spearfish.
JoLynnAlv Dallas, Texas, Visited February 2017
“Great captain and crew”
We were so lucky to book with captain Jeff and Brett. We caught a short nose spearfish . A while latter we caught a striped marlin. Brett was attentive. When I got sea sick he was there with a cool cloth. A great day fushung
MaryLeaP1221 Goliad, Texas, Visited February 2017
“Happiness with sadness”
Great trip with great people, just no fish. They tried their best to have success but sometimes that doesn’t happen. I’ve fish enough to know.
williemac44 Hopkinsville, Kentucky, Visited February 2017
“The one that got away! ”
We really enjoyed our 6hr charter. Jeff and Bret are both very accommodating and professional. We almost hooked a 450lb plus Marlin. It was huge. Great day!
Chris D Shanghai Region, China, Visited February 2017
“Humdinger of a Fishing outing”
Jeff and Brett did a great job of getting us on the fish is some big waves. My daughter in-law was first to bring in a nice 6-7 beautiful Mahi-mahi, but too small, but nice action and beautiful pictures. Next my daughter fought the fight of here life with a 350 beautiful marlin. Brett was working his tail off helping and coaching her bring it in with over 100 yards of line out. After a 25 minute battle they won and brought it along side the Humdinger and we tagged and released it. Lot of memories with Captain Jeff and son Brett. Thanks for a great outing!!!
MNGKJ granf rpids, mn, Visited January 2017
Chuck and Marty Scifferling from Marble Falls, Texas and myself booked a 6 hour trip with Jeff and Brett on Tuesday, Jan 10. We caught a 24 lb Jack, which Brett cleaned professionals and we ate some very fresh fish. Later caught a 15 lb Mahi Mahi, which was cleaned. Very professional, friendly, informative day. We loved it. Highly recommend Jeff and Brett.
John C Santa Rosa, California, Visited January 2017
Captains Jeff and Brett Fay of Humdinger Sportfishing out of Kona, Hawaii are a father and son team who provided us with a great outing along the coastal waters off Kona. They have a great boat and provided us with an awesome time trolling for big-water gamefish. They are extremely friendly, and very knowledgeable about the waters around Kona and how to fish them. We only did a half-day trip with them, but if we ever get back to Kona, we will definitely book a full day trip with Humdinger.
john_beauchamp Eden Prairie, Minnesota, Visited January 2017
“Best Kona Sportfishing”
Team on the Humdinger was great. They make you feel very comfortable and will teach you a few things if interested. The boat is very clean and well maintained. Perfect sportfishing experience.
Jayna C Boston, Massachusetts, Visited January 2017
I have fished with the Humdinger before and I continue to be impressed. We arrived and I asked about the currents and was told they were not favorable for trolling. CPT Brett offered to troll out to a spot where we could jig. We got there and switched to jigging, the mate did the jigging, which is a lot of work. He showed us how to jig and yes it is tough. We boated 1 fish and had 2 other good hits which we did not get into the boat. Bottom line the CPT and crew work hard to put us on fish, you will not go wrong fishing on the Humdinger.
Scott B.Milwaukee,WI Visited January 2018
Fished two days with Captains Jeff and Brett in early July. Day one was a mixed bag with marlin, mahimahi, ono, rainbow runner, and small ahi. Unfortunately day two was a little slower with multiple strikes, but no takers. The boat is smooth riding, clean, and even without AC, cool and well ventilated. No diesel smoke or fumes to ruin the day. Both captains worked together to put fish on the deck, were fun to fish with and their knowledge and experience are top notch! Humdinger is five star all the way! Mahalo!
M K. Seal Beach, CA Visited July 2017
Made a last minute decision to book a 1/2 day charter for my fiancé while we were in Kona as he had expressed interest in going out. We got engaged on this trip just a few days before and I wanted to do something special for him and I surprised him with the booking. Capt Brett and Brandon took us out yesterday. For the first 3 1/2 hours we trolled, saw some spinner dolphins and pilot whales along the way but no bites. As someone who grew up trolling on lakes in Washington, the reality that we might get completely skunked was starting to sink in. We had taken anti-nausea medication just in case to ward off seasickness, and the medication had us totally zonked. I was fighting to stay awake and Ben, my fiancé, had definitely dozed off (if he’s tired, he’ll fall asleep on concrete, it doesn’t matter what we’re doing). Then all of a sudden we hear shouts that there is a fish, and we both bolt up. I had to remind him to get into the chair, and Brandon points out the Blue Marlin jumping to feed. With their help, Ben was able to reel in a 700 LB Blue Marlin to the boat in under 20 min!!!!!!! We tagged and released. It was absolutely unreal and one of the coolest things I think we will ever experience. These guys were amazing to go out with and the boat has a cool history. If you are considering Sportfishing in Kona, go with the Humdinger! They are amazing!
Maja N. University Place, WA Visited March 2017
Had a great experience today! Although the fishing was slow, the crew made the trip very comfy! Brett’s fishing stories were pretty cool and you can tell he is very knowledgeable! I plan on taking another charter with them next year when I come back to Hawaii for the holidays!
Matthew F.Beverly Hills, CA Visited December 2016
My wife and I spent the morning with Capt Jeff Fay and his son, Brett. We both had a fabulous time, we each caught a Blue Marlin (150lb & 275lb). Brett was fantastic, showing us how to use the equipment and what to expect when we had a fish on the line. It was both of our first times sportfishing and we would definitely choose Humdinger again for our next excursion. Thanks so much for making a memorable day that we will both remember for a lifetime.
Chris F.Seattle, WA Visited November 2015
We had a great time with Jeff and his son. The boat was very neat and clean. Lunch was very good as well my family and I had a great time. Would recommend to anyone from families to advanced fisherman.
Bonnie C. Lebanon, NJ Visited July 2015
Took my dad, brother in law, niece and nephew on a 3/4 day fishing trip chartered by Jeff and Brett of the Humdinger. As advertised they were very friendly, professional and had us fishing within a few minutes from leaving the marina. About an hour into our trip we hooked up on a 100lb blue marlin. Jeff and Brett immediately sprung into action and got me set up to reel it in. Brett guided me through the process of getting the fish up to the boat and we had it tagged, took plenty of pictures and released it within 15 minutes. We trolled around for a few hours more before we hooked up on another blue marlin running close to 200 lbs. This time it was my dads turn which again through Jeff and Brett’s guidance he had it up to the boat in around 20 minutes. Such an exciting adventure for me and my family. One minute you’re relaxed just enjoying the view of the ocean and the next minute bam! fish hooks up and it’s complete chaos. Even my brother in law who is not into fishing had a good time just being able to see a couple of good size marlin up close. It’s especially exciting watching the marlin jump out of the water when it’s trying to throw the hook. We were even lucky enough to come across a pod of pilot whales which we followed for a while. I highly recommend reserving a fishing trip on the Humdinger if you’re ever in Hawaii. Captain Jeff and Brett will work hard to make sure that you catch fish. Next time I plan on booking a whole day so we can go out farther where the odds of catching a giant marlin are better.
Craig S. Stockton, CA Visited June 2015
I have been fishing on the Humdinger for many years…….and it’s always good. Captain Jeff is as good as they come ……….his knowledge and hospitality keep me coming back…..and you know what…..we catch fish. And have fun doing it!
Luigi A. Santa Ana, CA Visited May 2015
This was an offshore trip we’ll not soon forget. You don’t have to leave sight of the shore to catch awesome fish, and the crew I know you’ll love. Thanks, captain Jeff!
Robyn S. Richmond, TX Visited May 2015
I went out twice with Capt Jeff on half day charters, and I got to kick something on my bucket list the second time – catching a big blue marlin. My biggest complaint is that we didn’t stay out longer. My only other complaint is that the deck hand didn’t really go over the process for tagging the marlin – we weren’t really sure what was going on once we got the leader to the boat. It was easy to schedule and easy to find the boat in the harbor. The boat was clean, everything was as expected from being around charter boats elsewhere. We picked up some bait on the way out of the harbor, and trolled for a while. Weather was good, the boat rode dry as far as I can remember. The biggest thing was that we caught fish – we picked up a 162lb ahi the first trip, and tagged a roughly 500lb blue marlin the second trip. They were good about waiting on us when we went to grab the cooler while they prepared some ahi steaks for us. I’m going back to Kona in a few weeks, and I’ll be giving Capt Jeff a call again. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed if you do the same.
Mark M. Honolulu, HI Visited August 2014
We had an early day on the water – the boat was in great shape – clean – well kept. The ship hand was professional, sharp, and strong. We hooked 2 separate Marlins: ~300 lbs, ~450 lbs. The 300 pounder got away. The 450 pounder took 90 minutes to reel in. It was tough. There were some tears, some blood, some fatigue, plenty of vomiting. These good folks know how to fish. That said, CPT Jeff could have laid off a bit – he yelled at us – I understand he had to keep us moving and get that fish in – and my reaction is likely an overreaction – though I was hot and sick and in no mood to be yelled at. Drink plenty of water the night before! I am fairly certain I had heat exhaustion.
Phil H. Salem, OR Visited November 2012
When you go to Kona you will find a very relaxed Island. If you want some REEL fun go on the Humdinger. Experienced fishermen….plenty of action ..caught Blue Marlin, Ahi, Mahi and Striped Marlin in one day!!! Jeff Fay is a pheomenal captain and really helped me learn a lot about deep sea fishing. For FUN SEEKERS, even if you are not sure, go for it…my girlfriend enjoyed the close up whale watching and the catching of bait with the spin gear! Great way to spend a day in the sun!!!!
Sharon M. Burbank, CA Visited June 2011
Having grown up in Newport Beach, CA and fishing from the time I was young with my grandfather, I thought I had an idea of what was to be expected when I visited Kona Hawaii for the first time and went out on the Humdinger. But, I must say that I was wrong! This was a fantastic time out on the water. These men were professionals and made sure that we had the best time. First of all, Hawaii is not the same as California… So, if you’re planning a trip to the big island, going out with Jeff and “Butch” on the Humdinger is a must. The boat was perfect (37′), clean, with a restroom (fishing all day makes this a welcomed relief), and the water was smooth. You really aren’t that far away from shore…even better since this was my first time in Hawaii. It truly is an all-day excursion and one of the best experiences I’ve ever had.
Called the company as Hurricane Lane had just passed and needed to know what it was going to be like as all the weather channels said high winds etc. After speaking to the owner he told me I could cancel full refund or if we went out and found it bad after 2 hours I can cancel for full refund. He assured me the weather we see and read is nothing like what it is. He was so right. Read more Yelp and TripAdvisor fishing charter reviews.