There is just about nothing as invigorating as casting your fishing line out on the open water before reeling in a catch. Ocean fishing isn’t like standing on the side of a lake with a pole in your hand—the winds, waves and the feeling of being out on the boat create a unique and unforgettable experience. One difference you must also prepare for is the different types of fish. The ocean is filled with fish that are only found in saltwater. Plus, Hawaii’s waters feature a diversely beautiful population of marlin, mahi-mahi and ono.
As any good fisher knows, pulling in a whopper all depends on using the right bait. Bait comes in a variety of different shapes, sizes and styles. Every angler seems to have their own favorite bait that they swear will help them catch the most fish. Check out this brief guide to a few of the best baits for ocean fish ahead of your fishing charter in Kailua-Kona, HI.
Selecting bait fish just makes sense. These are the same fish that a marlin or mahi-mahi would prey on out in the water, so it’s no surprise eels, herring, ballyhoo and other saltwater bait fish would make an appealing snack. Pass the hook through the lip, nose or eye socket before adding an artificial lure for an extra attraction.
Many of the fish found in the waters around Hawaii eat crustaceans almost exclusively. Try a blue crab, shrimp, lobsters or other crustaceans to catch a prize marlin. The fish will be more attracted to a live bait instead of one that was previously frozen or dried.
Worms are a classic favorite. That’s because they are simple to use and transport. Plus, they serve as the perfect bait for a range of different fish found in the Hawaiian waters. Sea worms can easily be purchased in a live or preserved state at many of the bait shops conveniently located around the islands.
Clams, mussels and conchs are all great natural baits. Remove the meat from the shellfish before placing it onto the hook and casting the line. Cut larger shellfish into smaller-sized chunks that the fish will be better able to handle. This will also help you get the most casts out of your bait supply.
Squid and octopus
There’s nothing bigeye and albacore tuna love more than some nice, fresh squid or octopus. While this bait can be a bit too much for more squeamish anglers, it’s sure to get results. Cut the squid or octopus down into smaller chunks or use smaller-sized selections whole.
Choosing the right bait will help you land a fantastic catch during your upcoming fishing charter in Kailua-Kona, HI. Let the expert team at Sea Wife Charters help you have the best experience possible. Once you book your expedition, we’ll help you choose the big fishing pole, bait and whatever else you need for a memorable experience. Give us a call today to find out more about catching ocean fish or to book your next adventure!