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Kailua Kona Fishing

Kona Fishing

Kailua Kona, Hawaii is one of the top fishing destinations in the Pacific Ocean. Surrounded by mountains and protecting it from the winds, most days the sea conditions are more like that of a lake. With deep waters (over 3,000 feet) only a couple of miles from shore, there are a variety of different species of fish to be caught around Kona.

Several different species of billfish roam Kona waters, making offshore fishing the highlight of any trip. Striped Marlin are around most of the year, but the best time is during the winter. The elusive Spearfish are best during February through April. During April and May there are many Black Markin caught and during the summer lots of Blue Marlin are around.

Besides billfish, Kona has good Tuna fishing with aggressive Big Eye, Yellowfin, and Skipjack Tuna. There are also good catches of Mahi-mahi and Ono (Wahoo). Reef fishing will produce many different species of Grouper and Snapper, but also Amberjack, Giant Trevally, and Sharks.



Kailua Kona Fishing Forecast

Target Species of Fish

Based on historical data for fishing Kailua Kona, you should target one of the following species for this time of year:
  1. Blue Marlin

  2. Blue Marlin

    There is a 46.35% catch rate for Blue Marlin, based on 292 Blue Marlin counted.

    Kailua Kona Blue Marlin Counts Chart
    Blue

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  3. Spearfish

  4. Spearfish

    There is a 34.76% catch rate for Spearfish, based on 219 Spearfish counted.

    Kailua Kona Spearfish Counts Chart
    Spearfish

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  5. Striped Marlin

  6. Striped Marlin

    There is a 11.43% catch rate for Striped Marlin, based on 72 Striped Marlin counted.

    Kailua Kona Striped Marlin Counts Chart
    Striped

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  7. Mahi-mahi

  8. Mahi-mahi

    There is a 1.59% catch rate for Mahi-mahi, based on 10 Mahi-mahi counted.

    Kailua Kona Mahi-mahi Counts Chart
    Mahi-mahi

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  9. Wahoo

  10. Wahoo

    There is a 1.43% catch rate for Wahoo, based on 9 Wahoo counted.

    Kailua Kona Wahoo Counts Chart
    Wahoo

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  11. Yellowfin Tuna

  12. Yellowfin Tuna

    There is a 1.27% catch rate for Yellowfin Tuna, based on 8 Yellowfin Tuna counted.

    Kailua Kona Yellowfin Tuna Counts Chart
    Yellowfin

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  13. Peacock Hind

  14. Peacock Hind

    There is a 0.79% catch rate for Peacock Hind, based on 5 Peacock Hind counted.

    Kailua Kona Peacock Hind Counts Chart
    Peacock

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  15. Bluefin Trevally

  16. Bluefin Trevally

    There is a 0.63% catch rate for Bluefin Trevally, based on 4 Bluefin Trevally counted.

    Kailua Kona Bluefin Trevally Counts Chart
    Bluefin

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  17. Black Marlin

  18. Black Marlin

    There is a 0.32% catch rate for Black Marlin, based on 2 Black Marlin counted.

    Kailua Kona Black Marlin Counts Chart
    Black

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  19. Skipjack Tuna

  20. Skipjack Tuna

    There is a 0.32% catch rate for Skipjack Tuna, based on 2 Skipjack Tuna counted.

    Kailua Kona Skipjack Tuna Counts Chart
    Skipjack

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Recommendations above based on 16 species of fish and 630 fish counted for May around Kailua Kona.

To date, there are 42 species of fish and a total of 15201 fish counted for Kailua Kona and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 12/31/1870 (154 years).

Last Update: 5/23/2024 7:49:17 PM

*** PLEASE NOTE ***
Please check local, state/province, and federal laws before fishing for any species found on this site. All data is based on historical data found for this area, and in some cases as far back as the year 1600.

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The Top 10 Fishing Spots for Kailua Kona are the following:

  1. Buoy ZZ
    One of the famous FADs off Hawaii.  On February 24, 2015 this FAD was reported missing.


  2. Buoy OTEC
    Buoy OTEC


  3. Noio Point Ledge
    Nice ledge here that drops quickly.


  4. The Bowl
    The Bowl


  5. Buoy XX
    20.023333333 -156.021666667


  6. Buoy VV

    19.585000000 -156.031666667

  7. Ledge
    Ledge


  8. OBSTRUCTION
    Attributes RECRD 51067 VESSLTERMS OBSTRUCTION FEATURE_TYPE Obstruction - Submerged LATDEC 19.937228 LONDEC -156.160542 GP_QUALITY Med DEPTH 0 SOUNDING_TYPE YEARSUNK HISTORY 51


  9. Pocket
    Pocket


  10. Buoy UU

  11. 19.280000000 -155.951666667

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    Latest Kailua Kona Fishing Reports

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    • 12/31/2023
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    • 12/26/2023
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    • 12/19/24
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    • 12/18/23
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    • 12/17/23
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    Top Kailua Kona Bait & Tackle Stores

    1. Pacific Rim Fishing Tackle
      Pacific Rim Fishing Tackle is a full-service Fishing Products Store for Big game Fishing located on the Big Island's Kona Coast in Honokohau Harbor. Since 1990 we have been outfitting and educating 1000s of Big Game Fishermen. We sell only qualit

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    Top Kailua Kona Fishing Charters & Guides

    1. Hooked Up Sportfishing
      Whether you want some fish for dinner or a trophy blue marlin we will customize your Kona fishing charter trip to meet your needs and expectations. We fish for blue marlin, stripe marlin, spearfish, mahi mahi, ono and tuna year round off the Big Isl

    2. High Noon Sport Fishing
      Kona sport fishing is world famous for deep sea and big game fishing. And there is no better Kona fishing experience than on Team HighNoon. With Captains Dee, Trevor and Andrew, HighNoon is one of Kona's top rated sport fishing charter boats by b

    3. Camelot Sport Fishing
      Join us for deep sea, big game Hawaii fishing charters off the beautiful Kona coast. Captain Robert offers a kid-friendly environment, where families are always welcome.

    4. Lepika Sportfishing
      Whether you’ve fished all over the world or are a beginner angler we’ll make sure you have one of the best experiences ever! We specialize in exclusive charters only so you won’t have to worry about other parties fishing alongside you. This allows us

    5. Humdinger Sportfishing
      Hawaii is one of the top destinations in the world for anglers seeking to catch giant blue marlin. The town of Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii is ground zero for big game sportfishing anglers from all over the world who come to Hawaii to go fishing

    6. Fire Hatt Sportfishing
      FIRE HATT is a Kona fishing charter boat company on the the big island of Hawaii. We specialize in world class sport fishing for big game fish like marlin as well as many other species such as ahi tuna and ono. We also offer, snorkeling, whale watchi

    7. Sea Wife Charters
      Ono, mahi mahi, yellowfin, skipjack tunas and spearfish are a common catch. We may even do some dead bait or bottomfishing if we are not seeing any action trolling lures. Every day is different and your captain will inform you of what the recent cat

    8. Northern Lights Sportfishing
      Sportfishing charter in Kona Hawaii from Northern Lights Sport Fishing. Marlin & ahi charters in Kona, HI.

    9. Bite Me Sportfishing
      Enjoy a great day of fishing aboard the "Bite Me 1", "Bite Me 2", "Bite Me 3", "Bite Me 4" or "Bite Me 5". All our boats depart from Honokohau Harbor, which is the closest destination to the best fish

    10. Last Chance Sport Fishing
      Do you want to chase your dream of landing a trophy marlin of a life time? Call the crew of the “LAST CHANCE” and let Captain Tracy Epstein and his crew Ian Keinath show you what Kona fishing is all about. Captain Tracy’s knowledge of the ocean comes

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    Top Kailua Kona Marinas

    1. Gentry's Kona Marina
      Easy-in/Easy-out for vessels up to 50 tons. Wet dock repair, Engine sales, service & repair (gas, diesel & outboard). Month-to-month storage for both large and small vessels. Large vessel cradle storage for boats up to 50 tons. Covered stacke

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    Bouy Conditions

    Station 51003 - WESTERN HAWAII - 205 NM SW of Honolulu, HI
    May 25, 2024 9:40 pm HAST
    Location: 19.196N 160.639W
    Wind Direction: ESE (110°)
    Wind Speed: 11.7 knots
    Wind Gust: 13.6 knots
    Atmospheric Pressure: 30.04 in (1017.4 mb)
    Air Temperature: 78.1°F (25.6°C)
    Dew Point: 70.0°F (21.1°C)


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