Land a Winner
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