When you charter a fishing boat, you don’t want to return to the slip empty-handed. It’s important to be realistic about which fish are common in Hawaii’s waters and which fish are easy to catch. Below is a quick guide to what fish anglers might find on a charter fishing boat in Hawaii.
Also known as ahi, yellowfin is popular for its delicious taste when cooked and as sashimi. Yellowfin are sought after on charter tours because they put up a big fight for anglers. You can spot a yellowfin by their dual dorsal fins and their bright yellow finlets along the spine.
Skipjack tuna are common in Hawaii’s waters, but difficult to catch because of their soft jaws. It is fun for the crew to work together to catch skipjack, or aku, because it requires multiple hookups. They live in large schools near the surface of the water. Skipjack are good for eating if you enjoy the taste of mackerel, but they are most useful as live bait for the highly-prized marlin, which is not an easy fish to catch.
Mahi-mahi is a staple in Hawaiian cuisine. It is clearly identified by the hump on its head, common in males, and its bright colors of gold, blue and green. Mahi-mahi is a surface-dwelling fish commonly found under a plank or other debris, making it easy to catch. They average 15 to 29 pounds. Mahi-mahi are excellent for sport fishing because of their beauty, meat and healthy population.
Wahoo are usually caught through trolling, as they are usually found 40 fathoms deep. The ledges found off the coast of Hawaii are ideal for the wahoo’s hunting. Wahoo do not school. Wahoo are slender, with a tubular face and mouth. They have very sharp teeth and are incredibly fast, making them a prized catch for anglers.
If you’re looking to fish at night, you can catch yourself a broadbill swordfish. These fish are caught after everyone else has called it a day using a light stick at the end of the line. They are the most widely distributed billfish in the Pacific Ocean. Broadbill swordfish are most commonly found in the northern Hawaiian Islands. They weigh between 100 and 300 pounds.
Striped bass are native to the Atlantic coast, but have been introduced in recreational areas. They are now found in inland lakes and reservoirs from Mexico up to British Columbia. Striped bass get their name from the seven or eight stripes located across their bodies between gills and tail. Their size depends on their habit. They can grow to about five feet in length and 55 to 75 pounds.
At Sea Wife Charters, we’re excited to plan your fishing trip and show you which fish are easy to catch in Hawaii. We’ve been leading charter excursions for nearly four decades and are proud of our track record for providing enjoyable, safe and successful fishing trips. Contact us today to schedule your charter.