Land a Win­ner

101 Things to Do (Big Island) - - WATERWORLD -

Sport fish­ing on the Kona Coast is big busi­ness. Many an­glers come to pur­sue the sto­ried 1,000-pound Pa­cific blue mar­lin and other hefty catches of broad­bill sword­fish, yel­lowfin tuna, mahimahi and sharks.

Since water depths drop off to 6,000 feet just a few miles off­shore and con­tinue to get deeper as you head out to sea, most of Kona’s 1,000-pound mar­lins have been found be­tween just two to five miles from shore.

More than 60 char­ter boats are avail­able for hire, most of them out of Honoko­hau Har­bor, north of Kailua-Kona.

You can also get a look at Kona whoppers in the lobby of King Kame­hameha’s Kona Beach Ho­tel. Check out a 1,166-pound blue mar­lin, the record catch at the 1993 Hawai­ian In­ter­na­tional Bill­fish Tour­na­ment. Big fish are weighed in daily at Honoko­hau Har­bor’s Fuel Dock at 11 a.m. or 3:30 p.m. The Char­ter Desk is lo­cated just above th­ese weigh scales at Honoko­hau Har­bor.

If you don’t want to hang with the Kona crowd, drop your line in the more re­mote east­side wa­ters, where LavaKat Fish­ing Char­ters, of­fered by Lava Ocean Ad­ven­tures (lo­cated in Hilo), prom­ises some se­ri­ous sport fish­ing. The rule is a guar­an­teed catch, or the crew buys din­ner.

• Hana­mana (808) 936-5855 • Lava Ocean Ad­ven­tures (808) 966-4200

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