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 “grander” 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.
Speaking of which, the iconic big-game fishing tournament is gearing up for its 54th year of competition Aug. 3-10, 2013. For five days, teams will fish the famous waters off the Kona Coast aboard some of the finest sport fishing vessels in the world. This year’s tourney is slated to be especially heated, with teams expected from Australia, China, Japan, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Vanuatu and from all across the U.S.
Prized and powerful Pacific blue marlin are tagged and released each day, and spectators can watch all the action from