Native to the tropical and temperate waters of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans, blue marlins are among the most recognizable of all fish. They are cobalt-blue on top and silvery-white below, with a pronounced dorsal fin and a long, lethal, spear-shaped upper jaw. Today, marlin fishing is considering by many anglers to be the pinnacle of offshore sport fishing, due to the size and power and also the elusiveness of the four marlin species. Considerable skill and resources are required to find, hook and land marlin, particularly the largest blue marlin. Considered the number one game fish in the world. Kona holds the majority of world records in reference to blue marlin. They range in size from 200lbs to over 1,000lbs! Granders have been caught all throughout the year but the best time to catch blue's is typically April thru August. Kona hosts no less than twelve major billfish tournaments during that time.
Black marlin are relatively rare in Hawaii. However, every year there are a handful caught in Kona. They tend to be more in shallow waters more than blue marlins. Unlike other marlins the black marlin has rigid pectoral fins easy to identify when caught.
Starting in winter through the spring good numbers of striped marlin will show up off the Kona coast. Ranging in size from 40 to 100lb. Very fun to catch on light tackle. They have a very slender bill and the most visible stripes.
The rarest of all billfish species in the world is the short-billed spearfish. Hawaii is the only place in the world that they are caught consistently. Very fun to catch on light spinning tackle (12 to 20lb test).
One of the most acrobatic of all billfish. Sailfish are not common in Hawaiian waters, however we do encounter them from time to time. The majority of the sailfish we catch are on live bait in relatively shallow water 120 to 200 feet.
Mahi Mahi, the fish so nice they had to name it twice! This beautiful multi-colored pelagic fish can get as big upwards 90lbs. The state record is 82lbs. White flaky mild tasting meat, very good eating. This fish is fun to fight and is probably one of the most beautiful fish you will ever catch.
Ahi (Yellowfin Tuna)
Kona is known for it's Ahi fishing in the summertime. It is not uncommon to get multiple strikes when the bite is on. Our FAD's will hold the smaller tuna/ahi. However, the majority of our larger tuna/ahi we catch in the porpoise piles well off shore in 1,000+ fathoms. The larger ahi range in size from 100 to over 200lbs.
In spring time and into early summer, the ono fishing right out front of Honokohau Harbor can get very hot. Ranging in size from 20 to 40+ lbs, these are great fighting and eating fish. Perfect for the novice angler who wants to get his feet wet but might not want to get in the chair with a blue marlin. Also, a great catch for junior anglers as it is challenging but not overwhelming.
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