Deep Sea Fishing
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Great deep sea fishing can be found all around Kauai thanks to deep waters close to the shore. Within just one-quarter mile of the island, some areas of the ocean drop to 1,000 feet. Most fishing charters depart from Nawiliwili Harbor in Lihue or Port Allen Harbor on the South Shore. The island is also in the middle of the migration patterns of many fish; species that can be found in the waters off Kauai include spearfish, sailfish, swordfish, mahimahi, ono, uku, trevally and five types of tuna.
Most of Oahu’s deep sea fishing is available off the island’s Leeward Coast. Charters depart from Kewalo Basin in Honolulu, about one to two miles from Waikiki, or Ko Olina on the west side of the island, about 35 miles from Waikiki. The largest reported marlin ever caught was near Ko Olina and weighed 1,805 pounds! Other fish that live in the waters off Oahu are striped and short-billed marlin, pacific blue, sailfish, skipjack and yellowfin tuna, mahimahi, ono, trevally and barracuda. (Many of these fish can be tried at Oahu’s local restaurants, too.)
Similar to Oahu, the best deep sea fishing in Maui is found off the West side of the island. Take a charter from Maalaea Harbor, which is about a 5–15 minute drive from Kihei, or from Lahaina Harbor, which is about 10–20 minutes from Kaanapali and Kapalua resorts. Fishing off of Maui is seasonally based and fish can be caught year round, but the best time is the “golden zone” from May to June when marlin, tuna, mahimahi and trevally are abundant. Many of the same fish found off of Oahu are also found in Maui’s waters, including the pacific blue, wahoo (ono), shark, barracuda and Hawaiian salmon.
Island of HawaiiConsidered the mecca for deep sea fishing in Hawaii, the Kona Coast has a huge ocean drop off that descends thousands of feet not too far from the island’s coast. Charters depart from Honokohau Harbor, which is located between the Kona Airport and town of Kona. These deep waters, nicknamed “Grander Alley,” are known to produce large marlins over 1,000 pounds. There are many varieties of big game fish in the area, including pacific blue marlin, sailfish, black marlin and striped marlin. Ono, mahimahi and tuna are also frequent daily catches. More
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