Fishing charter trips are a great way to make the most of your Hawaiian adventure. But for many people who have never been on such a trip before, they have a lot of questions about how to prepare for a charter and what such a trip entails.
To help, we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions about Hawaii fishing charters. Please feel free to get in touch with us if you have additional questions!
Do I need a fishing license for a charter trip?
This is perhaps the most common question we receive. The good news is that, no, you do not! There are no fishing licenses required for anyone who wishes to engage in recreational sport fishing in Hawaii.
What kind of rates do I need to pay for a charter trip?
It depends on the type of charter trip you take. For a private charter, there is a flat rate for the first six people and an additional charge for every person after that. For a four-hour trip you pay $550, then $775 for six hours and $950 for eight hours. Additional people cost $60, $70 and $80 on each of these trips, respectively.
Share charter trips cost $109 per fisher and $59 per rider. This is the most affordable option for either small groups or people who do not necessarily have as much experience fishing.
What types of fish will we catch?
The most common types of fish our anglers catch include mahi mahi, skipjack tuna, wahoo, spearfish and yellowfin tuna on our shared charters. Our private charters are capable of going after bigger game, such as the Pacific blue marlin. The largest blue marlin ever caught by one of our boats weighed in at a whopping 812 pounds! Striped marlins are also commonly seen during the winter. The record size for striped marlin is 212 pounds.
Will I catch a fish?
If you’ve ever gone fishing before, you know there are unfortunately no guarantees as to whether you’ll catch anything. That being said, we do try to increase the likelihood of catches to the best of our ability. On our shared charter trips, we begin by trolling on the way out of the harbor with every angler holding a line. When we reach buoys or floaters, we reduce the number of rods and then rotate so everyone has a decent chance of catching a tuna. Then we troll all the way back in once again.
Do we get to keep the fish we catch?
Yes, and we share the fish with everyone on the boat! All fish caught on the tour will be cut up, bagged and shared with all passengers so everyone gets to take something home. There is no extra charge for cleaning fish, though gratuities are greatly appreciated for the services of the crew.
For more information about how our Hawaii fishing charters work, contact us today at Sea Wife Charters Kailua Kona Hawaii, and we will be happy to speak with you.