It’s a common question for anglers who are unfamiliar with the tropical waters of Hawaii: “when is the best time to come and fish?” The answer all depends on what you’re fishing for! Because Hawaii is home to numerous fish varieties, it’s best to see when your choice of game is in season in order to plan the most fruitful trip. Take a look at a quick annual breakdown of when you might find certain types of fish:
December through February—the winter season
Though Hawaii by no means has a “true” winter season, this time of year does dictate what types of fish will be plentiful in the waters. Though many fishing charter FAQ’s in Hawaii tend to consider this time of year marginal at best for catching coveted fish like Pacific Blue Marlin or Ono (Wahoo), it’s actually a terrific season for reeling in the likes of Bigeye Tuna, Striped Marlin, Snapper and even Skipjack Tuna.
If you’re looking for a big prize catch and want some pictures that you can show off to your friends at home, winter is definitely the season to book a charter—this time of year heralds some of the heftiest catches based on the available breeds.
March, April and May—the spring season
Springtime is when some of the more iconic breeds start to appear once more and it’s during this season that you’ll have a good shot at reeling in Mahi Mahi, Amberjack, Spearfish and Black Marlin. These catches are great for prepping and eating later… if you can reel them in! Fish this time of year tend to be hard fighting sport fish, so it’s best that you bring your A-game and come prepared to fight for your catch!
June, July and August—the summer season
Summertime is when most people tend to book their chartered trips in Hawaii because it’s when the iconic breeds of the tropical Hawaiian waters tend to be plentiful, with high catch rates. It’s during this time of the year you’ll find Blue Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna, Skipjack Tuna and Ono (Wahoo). Reeling these catches in is going to make your belly happy and provide you with some colorful photos that you can treasure the memory of your fishing trip with! Keep in mind, however, you’ll be sharing the sea with numerous other fishermen—this season is packed!
September through November—the fall season
The fall season is a moderate time for fishing charters in Hawaii and offers more of a tranquil experience than a sport fishing environment might. This season is when you’ll find Snapper, Grouper, Shark and a few other varieties, along with some lingering summertime fish like Blue Marlin and Amberjack, as well as the beginnings of Mahi Mahi season. A transitional time of year, this is a good time of year to get your feet wet if you’re still a budding angler!
Don’t rely on some fishing charter FAQ’s in Hawaii that only highlight the “big catches” or certain times of the year when popular fish are abundant—instead, appreciate every season Hawaii has to offer and relish the selection of fish that are waiting to be reeled in throughout the year!