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Old 01-23-2019, 08:50 AM
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My wife and I are headed to Honolulu area in March for my 30th wedding anniversary and I am going to schedule a full day charter. Most likely one of the two that are close to our condo. I did a few searches but I couldn't find anything recent that might help me.

Two that I am looking at right now are:
Hawaii Charter Boat
Hawaii Charter Boat Fishing and Charter Boats - Fish Facts

Holopono Sport fishing Charters
https://holoponosportfishing.com/

So what I am really wondering is what should I target (Marlin, YFT, Mahi Mahi or Wahoo......leaning toward Wahoo right now) at this time of the year and has anyone every fished a charter out of Oahu?

Any help/suggestions would be appreciated!
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Old 01-23-2019, 12:26 PM
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My wife and I are headed to Honolulu area in March for my 30th wedding anniversary and I am going to schedule a full day charter. Most likely one of the two that are close to our condo. I did a few searches but I couldn't find anything recent that might help me.

Two that I am looking at right now are:
Hawaii Charter Boat
Hawaii Charter Boat Fishing and Charter Boats - Fish Facts

Holopono Sport fishing Charters
https://holoponosportfishing.com/

So what I am really wondering is what should I target (Marlin, YFT, Mahi Mahi or Wahoo......leaning toward Wahoo right now) at this time of the year and has anyone every fished a charter out of Oahu?

Any help/suggestions would be appreciated!
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Based on your 2 possibilities; it appears you are staying near Ko'Olina. Not terribly familiar with that charter fleet; another 10 miles west down Farrington Hwy is the Waianae Small Boat Harbor. There you'll find Live Bait sport-fishing, nice 31' Bertram FB. I know you said you were staying close to the Condo. But as another option; at Kewalo Basin (near Honolulu) you'll find Magic, nice Pacifica and a notorious fish raiser/killer. Some unsolicited advice... Please be sure you know what you are getting into. Talk w/ the Captain well in advance and make sure he knows what you want and what he offers, such as troll all day, drop bait, species hunted and fish disposition. Most of the fleet will cut up smaller fish (Mahi/Ono) to share, bigger fish (ahis/marlin) stay with the boat. If you want to release all marlin, make sure you are very clear about that and have an agreement w/ the Captain.

When in March it may help with your species choice?

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Old 01-23-2019, 12:41 PM
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Thanks for the reply! I sent an email to Live Bait Fishing Charters. Will see what they have...I would like to stay on the Ko'Olina side of the island. I definitely would want to release all marlin (With my luck I don't think we will have to worry about hooking up with anything like that) ...thanks for the information!
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I’ll reiterate that it is very important that you come to an agreement with the captain regarding the disposition of fish caught, and releasing fish caught, before you book your charter, and again before you leave the dock.
Charter crews depend on commercial fish sales to supplement meager charter wages, so you’ll need to tip handsomely to entice a mate to let any game fish swim!
Most charters are more than willing to slice up some fillets for you, but don’t look to take home the whole days catch.
Dont try to target any specific species, leave that up to the captain, he fishes his local waters every day, knows what’s biting, and will do his best to put you on fish, but he will likely not be able to select the species.
Lastly, Hawaii is paradise in many peoples minds, but traffic, overcrowding, high prices and crime are realities of life there.
Ahi do not just jump into the boat and big Marlin do not grow on trees, fishing is fishing, no guarantees.
That said, anytime you fish offshore in Hawaii, you stand a chance of hooking into a record size monster, so don’t be surprised at the size of the tackle, especially trolling gear!
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Thanks Pat and nuff for the suggestions they were very helpful.......
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Most of these guys say they use 130's which is some serious reels. I can't wait! Our group will consist of my wife, in-laws (Its their anniversary as well) and my self. My wife is the spring chicken at 52. My Father in-law is the most active 75 year old I have ever met. My Mother in-law is about the same....I can hardly keep up with them. So it should be a blast!​​​​​​​






I am going with Live Bait Charters $750 for a full day ...... We pay >$900 a boat in Hackberry every year....so not bad at all. As far as keeping the fish...I don't want to take any fish except for maybe enough to cook a couple meals while we are there...Just being on the water in that beautiful area for a full day is worth the money in my book. I hopefully will have pictures of the monsters we will surely catch...
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Well we leave tomorrow and the weather is looking good for our fishing trip on Wednesday.....Can't wait to hear the fist scream of the reel and hopefully experience the feeling of the ensuing fight with a >100# fish. Biggest fish I have ever caught was a 40# AJ.....hope we hook into a big YFT....but just being out there will be awesome.

Thanks for all the advice and posts!

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I was in Honolulu a couple weeks ago and called Live Bait Charters twice and never received a callback. The weather was not conducive after all, but it would have been courteous to receive a callback to my two voicemails that I left.
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I was in Honolulu a couple weeks ago and called Live Bait Charters twice and never received a callback. The weather was not conducive after all, but it would have been courteous to receive a callback to my two voicemails that I left.
Very strange.....they have returned all my calls, texts and emails......Everyone that I have had contact with so far seems very friendly. Hope all that continues throughout the charter. I will post video, pics and an overall review afterwards.

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Here’s the offshore forecast for the water you’ll be in:

WEDNESDAY
Northeast winds 15 knots. Wind waves 5 feet. Northwest swell 4 feet. Isolated showers through the day.

A little sporty but very normal conditions.

Best of luck! A good time for Mahimahi but I haven’t been out for awhile so I don’t know what’s snapping.
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Thanks for the reply. .. We are having an amazing time so far.. .. The Ko Olina area is wonderful ... Went to watch my wifes nephews (Kingwood Texas High school band) play at the "Mighty MO" in Pearl Harbor.... Was a sobering but wonderful experience ..




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Just in front of Ko Olina less than 1/4 mile out is some pretty good wahoo fishing in the height of summer. A little spot just in front of the Disney has been a silver and turquoise mine for me for years. A little volcanic structure nicknamed “tits” has two round mounds rising up from 240’ to 180’ replete with cleavage and nipples of you pass the sounder over from just the right direction.

Good luck tomorrow, and glad to hear you’re enjoying your visit!
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Thanks for all the help. . We had a great fishing trip.... Captain AJ and Captain Steve did a great job. Not many fish but we had a blast

We had a hard time catching live bait. So we went with all artificial in a 4 spread. They used all Tiagra 80 wides....
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Glad you had a good time. Were the seas rough?
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Glad you had a good time. Were the seas rough?
Thanks!! Yes. . Not at first in the early morning.. . But later it was quite "sporty" ...... But that 31 Bertram flybridge handled it like a champ... From my estimation we were about 10 to 15 mile off.... In some very deep water ~3000ft I think.
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On Friday of our stay in Oahu I cooked some of the Mahi Mahi we caught. One of our Valet drivers recommended "FuriKake" seasoning. I had never tried it before but went ahead and gave it a shot. Found a recipe online.....and it was THE BEST fish I have ever had.....turned out just wonderful. It will be my go to way of frying fish from now on.

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