When you’re planning your charter fishing trip in Hawaii, you’ll want to know what time of year for fishing in Hawaii is best. Spoiler alert: it’s always a great time to go fishing in Hawaii! With great weather year-round, there is no one ideal fishing season, because you can always snag a great catch.
Still, varying conditions across the seasons impact what you’ll catch and how they’ll bite. Mahi-mahi, wahoo and yellowfin can be found year-round, but have peak seasons when they’ll be at their largest and most populous.
This is a general guide to what time of year for fishing in Hawaii is best. In Hawaii, the ocean currents dictate what you’ll find and how successful you’ll be. Here’s what you need to know about some of the most popular fishing times in Hawaii. Use these details to help you decide when to book your trip.
January and February
The early winter months are a popular time for catching skipjack tuna and small yellowfin tuna. That’s because their predator, the marlin, is declining. If you’re looking for the black marlin, it’s better to wait until May. Spearfish numbers are also growing during this time. This is the best time for catching striped marlin, giant trevally and snapper.
March, April and May
Mahi-mahi are plentiful during the springtime. Mahi-mahi are beautiful fish, and a staple in Hawaiian cuisine. While they are more plentiful during this time, they are also on the smaller side, averaging only 10 to 15 pounds. As the season progresses, however, mahi-mahi grow to 40 or 50 pounds. As in the winter months, you’ll still find plenty of skipjack and yellowfin during this time. It’s also a great time for catching striped marlin and amberjack.
June, July and August
The summer months are some of the best for visiting Hawaii, and not just for the weather and atmosphere. Anglers also enjoy visiting Hawaii during these months because of the great fishing opportunities. Yellowfin have peaked in size, growing up to 100 pounds. You can also find wahoo, mahi-mahi and skipjack during this time.
The elusive blue marlin is also at its peak in the summer months. Marlin schools average a size of 120 to 180 pounds; however, big blue marlin average 500 pounds.
September, October and November
The fall months are the season for billfish, bigeye tuna, giant trevally and grouper. As in previous seasons, mahi-mahi and smaller yellowfin tuna are also available.
As fall turns to winter, it’s your best time to catch bigeye tuna, giant trevally, snapper and grouper. Smaller skipjack tuna and yellowfin are available, as they will be through the winter months. Mele Kalikimaka!
If you’re looking to book your fishing charter in Hawaii during popular fishing times, we can help you plan the perfect trip. With more than 35 years of experience in the fishing business, we will answer any questions about what you can expect to find on your trip. Contact Sea Wife Charters today to book your charter fishing excursion!