Hooked Up is a great way to spend the day with the family.
Fishing in Kona could take your Kona family vacation from memorable to truly unforgettable, join Hooked Up for a customized family fishing trip for you and your kids. The captain and crew always enjoy taking kids out fishing and work hard to make it a nice experience for them. We have caught a lot of kids their first fish and their biggest fish. We have had 10 year olds or younger catch their first blue marlin, spearfish, mahi mahi, ono and tuna. Crew along with the parents will help the kids catch thier fish in a way that’s both safe and fun while trying to teach them proper technique. With no raised voices while fighting a trophy fish or any negative responses from the captain or crew if the fish comes off. We understand that its called fishing and not catching and Hooked Up realizes its supposed to be a fun, enjoyable and a good experience for the kids…
We offer a variety of unique opportunities, from trolling for pelagic fish, to small tuna fishing and bottom fishing for big jacks. This depends on the conditions of the day, wind and current on what we target. If the small tuna are around then that is what we like to target to get the kids hooked up. They are the easiest and most enjoyable to catch for kids. The smaller tuna are on the surface and they congregate around the FAD’s or buoy’s the state of Hawaii puts out. The FAD’s are set for the fishing boats to have some kind of structure to hold the tuna. The skip jack and yellow fin typically weigh between 3-15 pounds and the yellow fin our great to eat. We use light stand up tackle to catch these tuna.
Hooked Up is a great boat for kids and families. It has large side rails around the cockpit area which makes it safe for the kids to walk around on the deck and be part of the action. Boat has plenty of shade, plus two full size couches in the cabin where you can get out of the sun while you wait for the bite. Boat is really comfortable and affordable for families.
Captain and Crew will always work good with the kids and families. In fact, Captain Chuck has two children Zac and Hana who grew up fishing on the boat themselves. Plus Captain Shawn has three kids that grew up on his boat fishing with him. As Captain Chuck puts it, “I enjoy taking kids out fishing. I see the excitement and joy my two children get after landing a fish, and I know how important it is to get other kids involved and hook their own fish.”
You outdid yourself again. I would like to thank you for another great fishing experience. Wendy, Marie, Jody, Laurie and I had wonderful day fishing a couple of weeks ago. Catching that shark was an experience I’ll never forget.
Just wanted to say thanks for a great trip. We made a long run offshore, but it paid off. We ended up with 3 Mahi, 2 of them were nice sized. My wife ended up with the jackpot fish, hooked with a small popper on your light outfit. It gave her a pretty nice battle. Rick had to back down on it to keep it from taking too much line. It was pretty funny. We also got one on a live skipjack– I was surprised a Mahi that size ate it!
Great trip, tell Jim and Rick I said thanks again.
Here are a few photos, in case you want some material to post on the web. The last is a picture of the Mahi, fresh off the grill at Rosas. Thanks again!
Can you please thank Carl for recommending us to Kona Honu Dive for the Manta Ray experience.
We went last night and were delighted by 9 Manta’s. The crew and boat were great.
Just thought we would let you know Rosa’s cooked up our ono, and all our plates were wonderful. Thanks again for a great trip and the suggestion on Rosa’s Cantina.
Thanks for a great fishing trip. Thank Billy as well. You were both great company, and for a change, I had a bit of luck on a charter. The fish was delicious, and we finished it all off.
I have told anyone who is headed to Hawaii about you, your crew, and your boat and how your expertise helped me fulfill a life long dream. You see I am a paraplegic and never thought I would be able to do something like this and had resigned myself to watching my son, wife and friend fish.
Thanks again for making a great day for my husband and son!
As promised, we will get you all the good photos. We just arrived back to our room and are exhausted. I will get everything downloaded tomorrow and emailed when completed.
Thanks again to you and Zach. It was lovely meeting your family also tonight.
Just wanted to let you know that we had a great time with Rick and Shawn on our full day charter (sorry you couldn’t be with us)!!!!
See you next May!!!!
Thanks again for a great day of fishing on the 19th. We are already looking at our calendar for some dates for next year.
Just a follow-up to say, again, how much we enjoyed our charter with you last Wednesday, and especially to thank you again for those wahoo fillets!!! I know it’s not something that all the captains do, and we really appreciated it. We prepared them as recommended and they were spectacular! Great recipe (panko, etc.). We’ll be happy to recommend “Hooked Up” to anyone we know traveling to Kona.