Imagine yourself a few miles off the O‘ahu shoreline on a boat trailing colorful lures. The morning sun is rising as the captain heads toward his favorite fishing grounds.
No reason to daydream about deep-sea fishing when you can charter a boat and experience the real thing. There are a number of fishing charters to choose from in the Waikiki/Honolulu area, most of them moored in Kewalo Basin, just minutes from Waikiki.
Head out to KO OLINA MARINA on the Westside of O‘ahu and check out the fishing options there. Ko Olina ocean adventures takes guests out on its 58-foot Viking yacht, Ho‘olulu, to challenge wahoo, yellowfin or bluefin tuna, or marlin, all against the rugged backdrop of the Leeward Coast.
Rewards on the end of the line may include mahimahi, prized for its light, moist flesh; ‘ahi (yellowfin tuna), which is used to make sashimi; or ono (wahoo), a game fish known for its long, hard runs at speeds up to 45 mph.
The ultimate sport fish, however, is the Pacific blue marlin, ranging from 100 pounds, to the “granders,” which tip the scales at more than 1,000 pounds.
Tradition dictates that charter services provide all equipment, including bait. There are charters that off er deep-sea fishing, bottom-fishing, light tackle specialists and tag-and-release. RUCKUS SPORTFISHING & DIVING (ruckusfishinganddiving.com) brings more than 30 years of experience of fishing the waters off Honolulu to their fishing charters. Bring your on- board snack and drinks, just no glass bottles and “absolutely no bananas!” Private charters are also available.
Most charter companies will share a portion of the day’s catch; a few will allow you to keep your own. Many local fishermen make a living through fi sh sales and tips. When you book your charter, specify whether you would like a private or a shared charter and what type of fishing you would like to do.
RUCKUS SPORTFISHING & DIVING (808) 492-7777
TRIDENT ADVENTURES (808) 762-DIVE (3483)