Mahimahi, ulua, sailfish among new Kona Big-Fish leaders

NEW ULUA LEADER While Devin Hallingstad was fishing from his kayak on Saturday, kayak buddy Grant Decker was towing a live bait nearby.  By keeping an eye on each other, Devin and Grant help reduce the dangers of going to … Continued

Sailfish “run” in February?

Can you believe we are talking about a Kona sailfish run in February? Substitute the name of any month for “February” and the question is just as confounding.  Sailfish catches are unusual here any time of the year.  So it … Continued

The Big Fish Are Coming!

The big fish are coming. We know because some of them are already here.  On Friday, Kona Spirit reported the biggest blue marlin released so far in 2016.  That was three days after High Noon weighed the heaviest blue of … Continued

Mahimahi, onaga, ulua and a striped marlin with a tale

Leighton Kelekoma, 12, caught a 38-pound mahimahi to take over the Big-Fish List mahimahi lead. His light fishing tackle was as much a surprise as his young age.  The youngster’s Penn spinning rod and reel is a sturdy outfit for … Continued

Bigeyes, Yellows, Skipjacks, Stripes, Spears top Kona Report

Can you tell the difference between a “bigeye” and a “yellow”?  Kona fisherman Steve Cornacchia sent this photo of a tuna that couldn’t seem to make up its mind.  The anal fin looks like the fin of a yellowfin tuna … Continued

Striped marlin, spearfish, ono, kahala highlight catches

For anglers of every size, there is a fish of just the right size.  For Mitchell Romero, 11, the right size fish was a 136.5-pound striped marlin, which is the biggest caught so far in 2016. On Friday, Mitchell and … Continued

Bigeye tuna, three billfish kinds, new world record

In the latest Kona update from Jim Rizzuto, look for stories about bigeye tuna, striped marlin, spearfish, a new world record and great fishing ideas. At year’s end, Miles Nakahara sneaked a huge bigeye tuna past us so you never … Continued

Kona big game fishing 2016 off to great start

The year 2016 is already off to a fast start for Kona.  It was only 3 days old when Hula Girl boated a 625-pound marlin to lead the Big Fish List.  Last year, we didn’t see our first 600-pounder for … Continued

Kona fishing bursts into New Year

Three generations of the Blake family celebrated the holidays together with a fishing bonanza that will make 2015 and 2016 unforgettable for them. Peter Blake runs the family boat TLC 2. As happens annually, his son, Scott Blake, brought his … Continued

Kona fishing fireworks for New Year’s

It’s beginning to look a lot like New Year’s. Sea temperatures are cooling down into the high 70s and the winter arrivals (shortbill spearfish and striped marlin) are beginning to show up in greater numbers and bigger sizes. Wednesday was … Continued