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Old 02-09-2017, 03:54 AM
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I have the opportunity to go to Honolulu for the first full week in June with my wife's family. I've never been to Hawaii (great offshore fishing in my backyard at Cape Hatteras). From what I've heard, Kona is the big deal out there, but I figure there's probably decent fishing at all the islands. Can anyone fill me in on the fishing seasons and what the good bite is at that time of year? I'd also appreciate charter boat recommendations, and an idea of what a typical charter should cost. The 100-fathom curve is just a few miles offshore so I have to imagine it's cheaper to run the boat there than on the East Coast. This is specifically for Oahu; I will not have the chance to visit the other islands when I'm out there. Thanks guys.
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Old 02-09-2017, 06:19 AM
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June is a good time the Ahi start biting then. The best boat in your area is the Magic. Search online and you can get prices.
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Originally Posted by Capt. Ahab View Post
I have the opportunity to go to Honolulu for the first full week in June with my wife's family. I've never been to Hawaii (great offshore fishing in my backyard at Cape Hatteras). From what I've heard, Kona is the big deal out there, but I figure there's probably decent fishing at all the islands. Can anyone fill me in on the fishing seasons and what the good bite is at that time of year? I'd also appreciate charter boat recommendations, and an idea of what a typical charter should cost. The 100-fathom curve is just a few miles offshore so I have to imagine it's cheaper to run the boat there than on the East Coast. This is specifically for Oahu; I will not have the chance to visit the other islands when I'm out there. Thanks guys.
I will also be in Hawaii in June maybe if we are there at the same time we could split the cost on a charter.
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Old 02-09-2017, 07:11 AM
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The 100-fathom curve is just a few miles offshore
You missed a zero on the charts. The 1,000 fathom curve is a few miles out. The 100 fathom curve in some places is less than 1/4 mile out.

June is prime time for big Ahi. Early in June go out of Waianae or Haleiwa for the best chance. Later in June you'll have equal chance all around the island.

For the best all-around experience get out of the city and head up to "the country" (Haleiwa). Maybe PM kapnD and see whassup.

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Old 02-09-2017, 07:41 AM
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Originally Posted by Capt. Ahab View Post
I have the opportunity to go to Honolulu for the first full week in June with my wife's family. I've never been to Hawaii (great offshore fishing in my backyard at Cape Hatteras). From what I've heard, Kona is the big deal out there, but I figure there's probably decent fishing at all the islands. Can anyone fill me in on the fishing seasons and what the good bite is at that time of year? I'd also appreciate charter boat recommendations, and an idea of what a typical charter should cost. The 100-fathom curve is just a few miles offshore so I have to imagine it's cheaper to run the boat there than on the East Coast. This is specifically for Oahu; I will not have the chance to visit the other islands when I'm out there. Thanks guys.
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SEASON: early June can be good for Onos (Wahoo), especially around the full moon, Ahis (YFT's) typically make their early showing in May/June first off the Leeward Coast and head up North then over to the windward side, but who knows. Then with the waters full of life, Big Blues can always show up, as well especially around the full moon. Now that I made it sound like you will be here during a good time of year, please don't have your hopes up too high, this winter has been far from typical from a normal cycle of fish.

If you are staying in town/Waikiki then Magic out of Kewalo Basin, is closest to you, those guys have quite a reputation. Live Bait out of Waianae Small Boat Harbor, slips down from me (a little bit of a distance from Waikiki), this is typically the area the ahis first show up in May/June, but who knows. Then you could head out to the country, Chupu Charters Hale'Iwa, North Shore furthest of the 3 from Waikiki (he runs a few boats out of there). There are plenty of other good boats, these 3 outfits are solid operations. PLEASE!!! make sure you talk to them in advance to make sure everyone is on the same page (they know what you expect and you know what they are going to do for you). They all have websites.

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Old 02-09-2017, 07:44 PM
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Live Bait out of Waianae Small Boat Harbor, slips down from me (a little bit of a distance from Waikiki), this is typically the area the ahis first show up in May/June, but who knows. Then you could head out to the country, Chupu Charters Hale'Iwa, North Shore furthest of the 3 from Waikiki (he runs a few boats out of there).

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Waianae and Haleiwa are almost the same distance from Waikiki. I think Haleiwa is maybe a mile closer. Early morning drive drive time is a couple minutes less to Haleiwa.

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Thanks for all the recommendations. I'd love after some big yellowfin. whats the fishing style out there? Live bait? Trolling? I'd like to do some standup style jigging or popping with artificials if possible. Bringing my own gear is no problem.
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Make sure you discuss with them up front how much fish you can keep as they keep most. We were allowed to keep enough mahi for dinner but I doubt they will cut a chunk out of a yft for you to keep. They let us keep 2 out of 7 and they weren't cutting into anything. Their costs are high there and they subsidize that by selling "your fish"
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Old 02-10-2017, 07:42 AM
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Originally Posted by Capt. Ahab View Post
Thanks for all the recommendations. I'd love after some big yellowfin. whats the fishing style out there? Live bait? Trolling? I'd like to do some standup style jigging or popping with artificials if possible. Bringing my own gear is no problem.
The boats I referenced all troll, will catch live bait first thing, but trolling is predominant in the summer months, blind strikes are most common type of action, hence the reason for trolling. If they find porpoise they will most likely then put out live bait or if the buoys are holding fish.

Tackle= big, 80's-130's, when the grander shows up in the spread almost everyone wants a shot and believes that is your only chance (fight fish either from chair or rod holder). If shibis/mahis at the buoys, they will drop down in gear size, but only then.

As far as jigging/popping, I don't think these guys will want to do that this time of year. There is an Oio (bonefish) charter don't know their name, sure you could do a search, seen some of their vidieos, they do pretty good on some very respectable bonefish. I recently saw a another video of some Oahu guys surface popping for uluas (GT's), they got some very large fish, they may run charters as well, sorry no help on finding them. Link... https://www.bdoutdoors.com/forums/th...hawaii.641444/

I would think if you just contact most of the charters one of them will be able recommend someone that will get you what you want. We troll nothing bigger than 50's and all stand up, originally (late '80's) most people thought we were pretty naive, but we get most fish to leader may be a little tougher, now they accept it.

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With much higher fuel prices, along with high cost of living in the Islands, I wouldn't expect charter costs to be any less than ours.
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Get to know the Hawaiin people..they are great people...go to the little out of the way places where there are few or no tourists.
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Old 02-14-2017, 07:06 PM
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Thanks again for all the recommendations. I've sent a few charter companies my request for jigging/popping for tuna. Not really interested in fishing out of a chair with an 80W. From my research I've seen that you don't get to take home much fish, but that's ok with me, i couldn't take a 200# yellowfin on the plane with me back to Virginia anyways. Just want to eat as many of those poke bowls as I can when I'm out there.

We'll be staying in Waikiki (mother-in-law is an engineer-defense contractor for the military and she'll be working for a few days while we're out there) but we plan on renting a jeep and getting out of the city as much as possible while we're there. Especially looking forward to seeing the smaller north shore villages.
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Couple tips:
1. Don't leave valuables in a rental. HI is safe but petty theft, especially from rentals is an issue.
2. Drive to the N. Shore via Kam Hwy. longer trip but much nicer than sitting on a freeway. You can always go back via the H2
3. If you fish discuss the fish split before you go. Most charters count on selling the catch so work out ahead if you want to take some.

Spots worth hitting
Maleakehana State Park- near Kahuku- great park with an island offshore you can wade /swim to. Back of the island has a half moon shaped beach which is really nice
Kua Aina burger shop in Haleiwa- I know it sounds odd but they make a great burger
Sunset cocktails at Haleiwa Joes
Snorkel Hanauma Bay- touristy but some of the best snorkeling you'll do.
Leonard's Malasada truck- find out where it is and find that red & white truck
Kin Wah Chop Suey (Kaneohe)- best Chinese place on Oahu. Real Chinese not the crap we get.
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heading there in a couple weeks. this thread is perfect for me. thanks guys.
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My brother lives in Oahu he just caught a 120 pound yellowfin a few days ago. I can’t wait till next year, me and are oldest brother are gonna make the trip to fish with him every year.
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