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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, and mahimahi.

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 2 to 5 miles from shore.

More than 60 CHARTER BOATS are available for hire, most of them out of Honokohau Harbor, north of Kailua-Kona.

HULA GIRL SPORT FISHING CHARTERS, for example, operates out of the beautiful Honokohau Harbor in Kona. Its calm waters are teeming with fish, such as marlin, ‘ahi, mahi mahi and ono, ready for catching! Set out on an exciting day of deep-sea fishing with a Kona CHARTER FISHING PARTY of up to six passengers. Just bring sunscreen, a camera and refreshments; Hula Girl Sport’s experienced crew will provide bait, tips and all the gear. Visit hulagirlsportfishing.com for details.

You can also get a look at Kona whoppers in the lobby of KING KAMEHAMEHA’S KONA BEACH HOTEL. While here, check out a 1,166-pound blue marlin, the record catch at the 1993 Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament.

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.


Hula Girl Sport Fishing (808) 430-8263
Lava Ocean Tours (808) 966-4200

Makana Lani Charters (808) 960-9836
Sea Wife Charters (808) 329-1806