Sportfishing in Kona
World-Class Sportfishing off the Kona Coast
The Kona Coast on the Big Island of Hawaii, has long been known throughout the Sportfishing world as one of, if not the place, to fish for big Blue Marlin.
Calm seas, a year-round fishing season, and of course, beautiful scenery and that famed Hawaiian hospitality, make a trip to Kona a must on any serious angler’s shortlist, of world-class destinations.
There have been more than 140 Blue Marlin over 1,000 lbs. weighed in the Hawaiian Islands and Kona lays claim to over 80 of them. That doesn’t count the many grander Blues, which have been released. Several IGFA world-record Blue Marlin have been landed in Hawaiian waters, which has also produced the largest Marlin ever caught on rod & reel. An 1,805 lb. Blue Marlin known as “Choy’s Monster” was caught off the island of Oahu in 1970, by Capt. Cornelius Choy.
Given its location in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, the Hawaiian Islands serve as natural feeding outposts for many pelagic species, with Blue Marlin at the top of the list. The depths plummet rapidly, so there’s no reason to make long runs. Trolling often begins as soon as the boats leave the harbor, less than a quarter-mile out. As a result, charters in Kona are relatively inexpensive because of the short run to the fishing grounds.
Top Captains prefer to pull a spread of artificial lures in Kona and are very successful using this technique. Home to some of the most influential, pioneering innovators of lure design, a lot of the world’s most popular lures have originated in Hawaii. Heavy tackle rules the day, with most boats running their lures from 80s and 130s.
One of the island’s best features is the two large mountains, Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, which make up most of the island. The mountains offer a 40-mile-long swath of water protected from the trade winds, resulting in conditions that are usually flat-calm all year. Marlin fishing in Kona is good year-round and Blues over 1,000 lbs. are caught every month of the year. However, the most consistent fishing is usually between April and September.
The island isn’t known for big numbers of fish, although multiple Blue Marlin hookups are not uncommon. Other species including Striped Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo, Dorado, and Spearfish, will show up in the spread throughout the year as well.
Fishing with SNAFU Sportfishing
While there are many great Captains and charter operations out of Kona to choose from, we book our clients with SNAFU Sportfishing, run by Capt. Bryan Toney, one of the most renowned charter boat Captains in Kona. The SNAFU is a custom 2020 55′ Caison Sportfisher with every amenity for a first-class Sportfishing experience.
Captain Bryan Toney has been fishing in Kona for almost three decades and early on, made a name for himself as one of the most notable and respected Captains in the big game sportfishing community. Bryan has captained or crewed, for anglers making amazing catches in ports around the world, including the Azores, Australia, Ascension Island, Panama, Costa Rica, Mexico, Venezuela, Mozambique, Florida, and the Gulf of Mexico.
While his passport is dotted with stamps from the great Marlin fishing destinations around the world, his first love is Kona Hawaii, where he now calls home. Bryan is also an accomplished photographer and videographer and shares his numerous catches across social media regularly. Bryan prowls these waters on a daily basis and will use his years of experience to make sure you have your best shot at a fish of a lifetime.
6 Passengers Max
6:00am – 4:00pm
Snafu is a 2020 custom 55-foot Caison Sportfisher. It’s tournament rigged with the finest tackle and gear and is ready to fish charters, as well as the numerous big game events hosted in Kona each year. With its luxurious, fully appointed, air-conditioned salon and its own Chef, Snafu is the ideal Sportfisher for the discriminating angler that desires a 5 Star experience.
The town of Kailua is located just 10 minutes from the Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport, which is served by several major airlines including American, Delta, United, Alaska Airlines, and Hawaiian Airlines. No passport is required for U.S. residents. Flights from the West Coast of the United States are approximately five hours. Honokohau Harbor is home to the majority of the island’s charter fleet, and it is conveniently located between the airport and Kailua.
For those with a competitive streak, tournament fishing in Hawaii is very popular. During the summer months, there are a number of high-quality tournaments to choose from. While only a few may win, a good time is virtually guaranteed for all who participate.
Hawaii Marlin Tournament Series: konatournaments.com
Resort & Dining
We work with the beautiful Royal Kona Resort that’s right on the water, very reasonably priced, and close to the Honokohau Harbor. We include this great resort in our customized packages that include fishing and accommodations.
For dining, try Huggo’s, the Kona Inn, Umekes, Sam Choy’s, Fish Hopper Seafood & Steaks, and Quinn’s Almost by the Sea.
Kona is very family-friendly, with lots of shops and outdoor activities to choose from. Be sure to head to Punalu’u, the most famous black sand beach in Hawaii. During nesting season, it’s not uncommon to see endangered Hawksbill Turtles on the beach. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is also a popular destination, where visitors can hike over 100 miles of trails amid lush rainforest and the volcanoes of Kilauea, Mauna Loa, and Mauna Kea.
Royal Kona Resort
An Incredible Beachfront Resort at the water’s edge on top of a lava rock coastline. The sound of the waves & gentle breezes will transcend you to the Hawaiian Aloha Spirit.
The resort is within walking distance to restaurants and shopping in the quaint seaside village of Kailua-Kona.