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40' Sport Fisherman Fishing Boat in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

Sport Fisherman
40 ft
6 Guests

About This Fishing Charter

Enjoy Kailua-Kona, Hawaii by a boat! Rent a 40' Sport Fisherman for up to 6 people. Rates as low as $113 per hour (minimum of 4 hours). Other rates available below:

Rates: 

Half Day 4  Hours: $450.00

3/4 Day 6 Hours: $625.00

Full Day 8 Hours: $800.00

What You Can Expect:

Deep sea fishing in Kailua Kona, Hawaii for marlin and big game fish is a unique opportunity you’ll want to enjoy while visiting this beautiful part of the world. In fact, the Kona Coast of Hawaii is famous for charter boat deep-sea fishing. Anglers come from all around the world to fish for giant blue marlin and other Hawaiian Fish that are great to eat and fun to catch. Because large volcanic mountains protect the Kona Coast, the sea is usually calm. What’s more, the steep slopes of the volcanic mountains that extend into the sea make the shoreline exceptionally deep. In many sportfishing destinations, a boat must travel great distances to get to the fishing grounds, but in Kailua Kona, Hawaii, the fishing starts just minutes outside of the harbor In Kona, it’s also possible to fish almost every day out of the year, which affords us a unique opportunity no matter what time of year you visit. Sportfishing charters in Kona target many species of fish, the most sought-after being the giant blue marlin. There are usually a couple of grander marlin (those over one thousand pounds) taken every year. The other billfish targeted are the spearfish, striped marlin and the swordfish. Tuna is also a great sport fish and you will find the albacore, big-eye, skipjack and yellow-fin tuna roaming the seas of the Kona Coast. You can also fish for mahi mahi (dorado), ono (wahoo), kahala (amberjack) and few other minor species. It’s really no wonder that with the varieties of fish, the calm seas, the wonderful Hawaiian weather and the majestic Hawaiian scenery, the Kailua Kona coast is major fishing destination for many anglers around the world.

What To Expect Onboard:

Hooked Up is a great boat for deep sea fishing trips in Kona Hawaii. It has a well established reputation and is considered to be a good strike boat by many captains and crews that fish in Kona.  The boat has won and placed in numerous fishing tournaments including the prestiges “World Cup”. For the price Hooked Up is the most experienced, spacious and comfortable boat in Kona. Hooked Up is very large, clean, comfortable and safe. The back of the boat is open, so you can see all the action without leaving the cabin. It offers two full size couches in the cabin under full shade. The cockpit and the bridge is huge and are the nicest features of the boat. It has easy access with plenty of seating for everyone to enjoy the cool breeze and the beautiful scenery. Other accommodations include a private bathroom with a shower and a sink, a kitchenette with a microwave, a sound system, as well as a queen bed and a bunk for two. Our deep sea fishing trips in Kona use top of the line tackle and equipment. We are always tournament ready and spare no expense when it comes to maintaining the fishing equipment. The equipment includes the trolling rods, light tackle rods, greenstick, live well, tuna tubes, below deck fish box, fighting chair and outriggers. We also provide a ice chest full of ice to keep your drinks and lunch. Hooked Up is also equipped with new electronics including Furuno GPS, Fish Finder, Auto Pilot and VHF Radio. It also has all of the safety gear that is required by the coast guard plus an automatically deployable class two Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon.

Details

  • Type: Sport Fisherman
  • Capacity: 6 People
  • Make Model: Uniflite 40
  • Rental Minimum: 4 hours
  • Length: 40 ft
  • Cancellation: Full Refund 5 Days Prior

Rental Requirements

FAQs

How far do we go out?

We usually fish 3-5 miles off shore on average.  This is how we are able to do a half day trip. But some time’s we do go further off shore to the FAD’s or porpoise schools that are holding fish.   It’s not how far but more up and down the coast. We follow fathom curves that parallel the Big Island coast. The Big Island is the structure that we fish.

Do we need a fish license?

No

What about sea sickness?

If your prone to motion sickness you can take Dramamine or Bonine. You can take one the night before when you go to bed and once again in the morning when you wake up. If you do get sick once you’re on the water the best cure is to lay down and fall asleep. Once you wake up you most likely will feel better. But if not we can always take you in. We will not keep you out on the water if you do not feel good.

What do we bring?

Bring what you want to eat, drink (water), sun block and camera. It’s better to use the lotion sun block instead of the spray. Spray seems to get all over the boat and in to the wax.

What do we wear?

Most of the time shorts and t-shirts is fine. Also bring sun glasses and hat to help protect you from the sun. The average temperature in Hawaii is 80 degrees year round.

What are we fishing for?

In Kona you are fishing for all the pelagic fish – blue marlin, stripe marlin, spear fish, mahi mahi, ono and ahi tuna year round. We use a variety of lures that we troll at 8 knots to catch all these fish or we use live bait.

How long does it take to catch a marlin?

The average size marlin is around 150 pounds and usually take 10-20 minutes. There has been some fights that last over 8 hours or long in to the night and they end up weighing over 1,000 pounds. Best to try and catch them quick so when you release them they have the best chance of survival.

Do you release the marlin or keep them?

We like to try and release all the blue marlin and other billfish but if they come up dead or really injured and will not survive then we will keep them. All the marlin we take will be used and not wasted. Most of the marlin is dried, smoked or used as poki. We will keep one every now and then upon request. But it really is too much meat to deal with and not the best eating fish.

What if we just want to catch anything or action?

When people just want to catch lots of fish the smaller yellow fin tuna and skipjack tuna are great way to get action on light tackle. Plus the yellow fin are great to eat. If the smaller schooling tuna are not around then sometimes we will drop a bait or a jig to the bottom and catch amberjack or trevally. Have to remember it’s called fishing not catching. We usually can catch something but every now and then it does happen where we don’t.

We just want to catch something to eat such as mahi mahi, ono and tuna?

In the spring and summer months you can really target the ono by trolling lures in 50 fathoms of water but also catch in the deep or around floating debris. The mahi mahi you can catch trolling in the deep or in 50 fathoms of water but can really catch them good around the FAD’s or floating debris when the conditions are right. The big tuna can also be caught trolling but its best to find a porpoise school and use the green stick or a live bait. The green stick is the large center pole on the Hooked Up.

Can we buy live bait like in Mexico or Florida?

No you cannot buy live bait in Kona. We catch our own when we can. Have to remember we are in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and do not have the reef systems or the structure that holds the bait like the mainland. Lot of the times during the year we will try and catch our own mackerel or smaller tuna and use them for live bait when we have the opportunity.

How much do we tip?

The captain and crew split the tips and usually get 17-20%.

Can we keep are catch?

Yes,  the crew will fillet your fish for you. Usually most customers take enough fish to enjoy on their vacation. If you don’t want the fish or there is more than you will eat the crews will sell the fish for extra income. Hawaii is one of the only states where charter boats can sell their catch.

What if we have nowhere to cook our fish?

You can take your fillets down to Captain Chuck and Jim’s parents restaurants. Pancho and Lefty’s will be happy to cook your catch for you. You will receive 20% off your fish dishes.

Is there any packaging and shipping facility’s for us to freeze and ship our fish?

There is no facilities in Kona that will package and ship your fish. Hawaii is not like Alaska, traditionally in Hawaii the charter boats keep and sell the catch but we will fillet your fish.

Can we bring more than 6 people?

No, we are what the coast guard calls a 6 pack boat. Which means 6 passengers plus captain and crew. Does not matter the age of the passengers. 

What if we don’t have 6 people?

Price is the same for 1 person or 6 people. You are renting the boat not per person fee.

Do you take really young kids?

We will take any age. Its up to you if you feel they can handle the day on the boat. If they are having a hard time we can always go in early. Boat has plenty of shade and areas for the kids.

Tax and gratuity not included

Specs

  • Life jackets/required safety gear
  • Wheel steering
  • Fishing gear
  • Fish Finder
  • Bait
  • Inboard Engine
  • Fuel type: Gas
  • Berth
  • GPS
  • Head

Meet Terry

Terry

From Kailua-Kona

Member Since May 2014

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