Big blues, “short bait bite,” celebrate tuna

BIG MARLIN BEAT GOES ON Capt. Jaff Kahl may have sent Kona its next grander.  Jeff runs the Maui charter boat Piper.  Last week, Jeff hooked a fish he estimated at 900 pounds or more.  He used the designation “900+,” … Continued

Ono, blue marlin, record sea bass, odd catches

How can you tell the ono are coming?  Some are already here.  Many boats caught at least one and some caught multiples.  On Saturday, Capt. Jim Wigzell sent in a photo of 4 ono on Hooked Up with the caption … Continued

Birthday billfish, monster ahi, giant job fish

DOUBLE BIRTHDAY BILLFISH WHAMMY Birthdays are to good fishing what bananas are to bad luck.  Good friends Regina Farish and Cheryl Cagampang share the same birthday and celebrated it together on Saturday with a fishing trip on Kona Blue.  By … Continued

Biggest blue, first black, longest fight, oddest catch

Biggest blue marlin of the year, first black marlin of 2017, longest marlin “fight” in many months, most spearfish on a single trip, strangest catch on a lure — these unusual stories headline another special week of Kona fishing. The … Continued

Blues, kawakawa, rainbow runner, bonefish

Big Blue Released off Red Hill At high noon last Friday, Capt. John Bagwell was trolling off Red Hill when the week’s biggest blue marlin crossed his path.  Aboard Silky with him, crew Steve Petras and angler Diane Reid were … Continued

Solo marlin and new species

The 2017 Big-Fish List competition is off to a flying start.  Ten of the 22 slots already have worthy entries. Last week’s hottest skipper, Capt. Bobby Cherry, fished alone on Wednesday and took both the blue marlin and shortbill spearfish … Continued

Kona catch includes lots of favorites and some oddities.

Who had the best fishing trip of the week?  That depends on your favorite gamefish.  This week, the battle for the mythical title involves bigeye tuna, blue marlin, striped marlin, shortbill spearfish, and ono.  And there is no doubt that … Continued

Kona fishing end-of-year wrap-up

In an exciting final week of the year, three lucky anglers took over top spots on our Big-Fish List for 2016. The year ended with new leaders for shortbill spearfish (58.5-pounds), striped marlin (151), and opakapaka (13.5). Capt. Jeff Heintz … Continued

Kona fishing’s odd cast of characters

KONA FISHING’S ODD CAST OF CHARACTERS Kona has always attracted celebrities, including many who visit here to fish for blue marlin.  One in particular came to mind this week as I was watching a war movie on late-night TV.  Seeing … Continued

November surprises of all fishy kinds

For offshore fishermen, November is a season of surprises.  This month, when the line snaps free of the outrigger release and the reel starts buzzing, you don’t know what might be ripping line off the reel.  Last week’s mixed bag … Continued