Kona Deep Sea Fishing Crew with Decades of Experience on the Water
Chuck Wigzell and his handpicked crew are experienced and our professionals in kona deep sea fishing. We pride ourselves on being able to work well with individuals, families and groups – and have a great time while doing so. It is our mission to create the best deep sea fishing experience in Hawaii. Our many years of experience, combined with a passion for what we do, ensure that you enjoy spending the day with us on the water, and that you’ll walk away with an adventure you’ll never forget. Once you depart the island of Kona on one of our boats, we’ll fish for blue marlin, stripe marlin, spearfish, mahi mahi, ono and tuna, among others. Join us year-round, and rest assured knowing that we offer full refunds if any cancellations occur due to weather or ocean conditions.
Captain Chuck Wigzell
Captain Chuck Wigzell, owner and operator of Hooked Up, has been a captain in Kona, Hawaii since 1995, but his experience on the water in Kona began when he was just a kid. He first moved to Hawaii in 1985, when his parents took then-thirteen-year-old Chuck from his home state of Oregon to the Big Island. Together, Chuck’s parents opened a restaurant that is now a local favorite: Pancho & Lefty’s in downtown Kona. Chuck grew up in Hawaii, but chose to go to college at Southern Oregon University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. While receiving his education, Chuck also honed his skills as a fisherman; by scheduling classes every other day of the week, he was able to fish on the Rogue and other Southern Oregon rivers for salmon and steelhead on Tuesdays and Thursdays. As Chuck jokingly puts it, “I think I spent more time on the river than I did in class.” While his passion for fishing runs deep, Chuck credits the true start of his fishing career to his time in Kona in 1992. During the summer months of his college years, he and his brother would fish for the family restaurant’s local catch using their dad’s boat. Today, Chuck and his wife, Beverley, live on The Island with their two kids, Zac and Hana. Chuck’s parents’ restaurant, Pancho & Lefty’s, remains a downtown Kona establishment – and it still gets its fresh fish from Chuck himself. You can catch your own fish with Chuck and have it cooked for your very own fresh-caught fish dinner at Pancho & Lefty’s. Doing so offers you a 20% discount and a meal you won’t forget.
Captain/Crew Zac Wigzell
Captain Zac Wigzell is the son of Chuck and has been fishing in Kona Hawaii since he was born. Zac currently attends Southern Oregon University and is on the wrestling team. He comes home to crew for the summer season on the Hooked Up and Ez Pickens with his father when he is not training. Zac got his 100 ton captains license as soon as he turned 19 years old.
Captain/Crew Rocky Gauron
Rocky, a third generation fisherman, comes to Kona from November through April to escape the chilly winter months in New Hampshire. He fishes for Captain Chuck part time during these winter months. Rocky and his family own Gauron fishing Parties out of Hampton Beach, where they fish for cod, pollack and hadick, in addition to fishing commercial giant blue fin tuna. At the age of just 19, Rocky took over his dad’s command and took full responsibility for his family’s 90-foot boat. Today, Rocky splits his time between fishing off the coast of New Hampshire and fishing with Chuck off the island of Hawaii in the winters, which he has done since 2008.
Captain/Crew Shawn Slattery
Captain Shawn Slattery moved to Kona from Florida in 2015. Shawn has been commercial fishing his whole life around Florida and in the Gulf. He moved to Hawaii when his ex-wife took an opportunity as a full time chef in Kona. So he decided to follow the family out to Kona and help his ex-wife with the kids (he still has a great relationship with her). He finally started charter fishing for a living. Shawn still owns his commercial boat in Florida and has a captain and crew running it. Shawn crews and captains full time on Hooked Up and Ez Pickens and helps maintain the boats as well. He enjoys Kona deep sea fishing and the opportunity to be out on the water, meet new people and charter fish for a living.
Thanks for an awesome fishing trip. My family and I enjoyed being out on your wonderful charter and you and Bill made the experience perfect for our family. The trip was made even more memorable by tagging and releasing such a beautiful blue marlin. We’ll definitely contact you for another memorable trip when we’re in Kona next!
We are already planning our trip for next year! I have a request in with my timeshare for The Kona Coast Resort so we will be closer to the marina.
Let Bevan and Olivia know we enjoyed meeting them and look forward to seeing them next year as well.
We had avery nice time. Your crew was excellent. We will be back again. Thank you so much. 🙂
Since I was taking my daughter Megan along and wanted more action and was less concerned about a chance at a marlin, Chuck planned a trip accordingly. We did some trolling early, but had a great time working a hot ahi bite near one of the buoys.
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 the fantastic fishing charter. All the best to you and I hope we go fishing again sometime in the future.
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 wanted to send you a big thank you for the great day on the water. We all saw action and that’s we we asked for. Sometimes you tie into a big one, some times you don’t. It was a good day to be on the water.
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.
Thank you for helping me catch a marlin. I still get excited just watching the video. I will never forget that experience. It was something I never thought I would be able to do. We will be back next year fishing with you again. Also I went on trip advisor and did my review. Also I will give your name out to everyone I know who is coming to Hawaii. Again, thank you so much for all your help and for a truely great experience! Mahalo!