So, you’re all ready for your upcoming Hawaiian fishing expedition. The spot on the charter has been booked, the bags are packed and all the gear is ready to go. But you can’t help but wonder if there’s anything else you might need—like a fishing license. Traveling out of state comes with an entirely new set of fishing regulations. Rules about whether a fishing license is required differ drastically depending on a variety of different factors, such as the location and the water type. Knowing if you will need to purchase a license ahead of time will help you be properly prepared before you arrive for your fishing charter in Kailua-Kona, HI.
Let’s take a closer look at Hawaii’s fishing license requirements. If you have additional questions, reach out to Sea Wife Charters today!
Planning to just fish in saltwater seas off of any of the Hawaiian islands? Then you’re in luck, as you don’t need a fishing license. The state does not require anglers to obtain or carry a fishing license when casting a line out in the ocean. You will need to watch out for any protected areas that have special regulations. These might include wildlife refuges, private property or protected areas. You’ll need to obtain permission or comply with any additional regulations for those special areas. Be careful, though, as some of the islands may have specific restrictions for protected species. These laws will dictate whether certain species are off limits entirely, or whether there are any caps on how many of a certain type of species can be taken.
You will need a Hawaii fishing license for many of the freshwater spots. Licenses can be purchased from the Hawaii State Department of Aquatic Resources online ahead of your trip. A fishing license can also be picked up at any of the local fishing shops once you arrive. The license runs about $26 per year. Another option is to purchase a seven-day or 30-day freshwater fishing pass. Your charter captain will provide you with information ahead of time if you need to purchase a license for freshwater fishing.
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Both saltwater and freshwater offer a phenomenal fishing experience full of tropical mahi mahi, ono, yellowfin, skipjack tuna and even marlin. Don’t fret too much about licenses, as your guide will provide you with any need-to-know information either before or on the day of your fishing trip.
A Hawaiian fishing charter is the perfect adventure for couples, families, friends and even the solo adventurer. You will have the opportunity for a once-in-a-lifetime experience that you will never forget during a fishing expedition with Sea Wife Charters. You’re bound to reel in a catch, as we are one of the most successful per person shared fishing charters in Kailua-Kona, HI. Plus, our customers get to keep their catch. Call us today or visit our website to book your spot on one of our chartered trips—we look forward to seeing you soon!