Fishing in the Pacific is an amazing opportunity, but fishing off the Kona Coast is even more incredible. Beautiful blue waters and a diverse array of sea life draw anglers of all kinds into the waters off the coast of Hawaii every day. Varieties of fish—including billfish, tuna, ono and, of course, mahi-mahi—can all be caught on a day out on the water. With the right Hawaii fishing charter service, even a complete beginner can be the lucky angler who reels in a record-breaking catch. Here are some of the best fish to be found off the Kona Coast:
- Billfish: Every type of billfish that can be found in the Pacific can be found in the waters of Kona. Blue marlin, black marlin, striped marlin, sailfish, spearfish and swordfish are all popular varieties that can be caught off the Hawaiian coast. Striped marlin is available in Hawaiian waters year-round, but your best bet is to go fishing during the big run, which lasts from December through March. These fish are sizeable—you have a good chance of catching one that weighs in at upwards of 200 pounds—but that’s nothing compared to some of the other billfish varieties. The state record for the largest swordfish caught was over 500 pounds, and the largest black marlin ever caught weighed in at a staggering 1,205 pounds!
- Tuna: In the late spring and early summer, migration sends abundant runs of ahi tuna through Kona waters as schools migrate from east to west. On average, the largest ahi caught annually is right around 250 pounds, with the state record being an out-of-the-ordinary 325-pound fish.
- Mahi-mahi: The mahi-mahi, an iconic Hawaiian fish and a delicacy in restaurants the world over, can be caught year-round in Hawaii. On occasion, massive schools of mahi-mahi will gather for wide-open bite that can sometimes last for days. In general, mahi-mahi that are caught in Kona can be reeled in with 20- or 30-pound rods.
- Ono: Commonly known as wahoo, ono average 30 to 40 pounds, although a few outlying record-breakers have been caught that weighed in at well over 100 pounds. The largest ono run of the year makes it to Hawaiian waters in May and lasts until early September. No matter what time of year you are fishing, your best chance at catching an ono is in the early morning. On average, boats that head out specifically looking for ono might only catch three or four fish on a trip.
If you want the opportunity to reel in one of the best catches in the Pacific, trust Sea Wife Charters Kailua Kona Hawaii to get you out on the water. We have over 35 years of experience providing individual and shared fishing charters that allow people to get out on the water and see some amazing fish firsthand while catching something for themselves. Whether you want to catch a fish or you’d simply like to tag along with friends and enjoy the sunshine, our Hawaii fishing charter service is here to provide you with an unforgettable experience!