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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.
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.