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 “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

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