Fishing in Kona, HI
“Hooked Up” fishing in Kona Hawaii. 1/2, 3/4, full day and last minute deep sea fishing charter trips offered. Will fillet the fish for you to enjoy at no extra cost. We have great rates and a proven catch record and you can see this in our daily fish report. Captain Chuck Wigzell owns and operates, the very large, clean and comfortable 40′ Hooked Up. He has 25 years of experience fishing in Kona and is the only captain to catch 200 blue marlin in a single year.
Hooked Up Sportfishing specializes in CATCHING FISH and making sure you have a GREAT TIME doing it! With a consistent and proven catch record, were here to help you catch some incredible fish for dinner or land that trophy blue marlin you’ve been dreaming of. Either way, we’ll customize your trip to meet your needs and your expectations. Hooked Up is great for those interested in catching blue marlin, stripe marlin, spearfish, mahi mahi, ono or tuna – and enjoying that fresh catch for dinner. For those that just want action we can target the smaller football size tuna on light tackle. It is our mission to create the best deep sea charter fishing experience possible.
Kids and Family’s
Our friendly professional captain and crew work great with kids and family’s. . We are happy to customize your charter fishing trip for the whole family. Hooked Up has a variety of different tackle and equipment to make fishing for the kids easy and fun. With large side rails around the cockpit area and plentiful shade, this boat is safe and comfortable for families big and small.
At the end of the day, we’ll FILLET the fish you catch for no charge. You can take the fish back to your vacation rental to enjoy. Pancho And Lefty’s Cantina & Restaurante will cook your catch in downtown Kona. It doesn’t get any fresher or better than that.
Captain Chuck and crew professionally maintain the Hooked Up. When they are not providing deep sea charter fishing service in Kona Hawaii you will find them at Honokohua harbor maintaining the boat. They make sure all the tackle and the boat is in order so you will have a great fishing experience off the Kona coast. We pride ourselves on having the best charter fishing equipment available. We offer light, medium and heavy fishing tackle.
Call/Text (808) 960-5877 today to book your trip! Or click on the email tab on the top of the pages.
Fishing Charter Reports
Some information you can use about sport fishing in Kona, Hawaii…
Two 14,000 foot volcanic mountains rise above sea level and allows for light and variable winds year round off Kona. This makes for calm fishing conditions. It is possible to fish almost every day out of the year. The steep slopes of the volcanic mountains extend into the sea which makes the shoreline deep. It is 6000 feet deep just three miles out from Honokahau Harbor! In many sport fishing destinations a boat must travel great distances to get to the fishing grounds, in Kailua Kona, Hawaii the fishing starts just minutes outside of the harbor. This is the reason many sport fishing charters offer half day fishing trips. It is possible for a charter boat to do three half day fishing trips in one day during the longer summer months.
Types Of Fish
Sport fishing charters in Kona target many species of fish. The most sought after fish is the giant Blue Marlin. There are usually a couple of grander’s (marlin over one thousand pounds) taken every year. There are several Marlin fishing tournaments each year in Kailua Kona, Hawaii. The other billfish targeted are the Spearfish, Striped Marlin, Sailfish, Black Marlin and the Swordfish. Tuna is a great sport fish and you will find the Albacore, Bigeye, Skipjack and Yellowfin Tuna roaming the seas of the Kona Coast. Mahi Mahi (Dorado), Ono (Wahoo), Kahala (Amberjack), Ulus (Giant Trivially) and few other minor species are also target by some of the charter boats out of Kona. It is no wonder with the varieties of fish, the calm seas, the wonderful Hawaiian weather, and the majestic Hawaiian scenery that Kailua Kona, Hawaii is a major fishing destination for many anglers around the world.
There are several methods of angling that the sport fishing charter boats use to catch their fish. The most common method is by trolling. Next might be the live bait method which a small live Tuna or Mackerel is pulled behind the charter boat to lure the bigger fish to the gaff. A few sport fishing charters offer bottom fishing where some bait is dropped down to the bottom to entice a fish to bite. Vertical jigging is a technique of bottom fishing and is a quick way to catch small jacks. This type of fishing is a craze with the Japanese youth. Captain Chuck is very good at vertical jigging and is almost famous in Japan.
I hope some of this information is of help! Take a look around the web site and for more information about fishing in Kona Hawaii email Chuck at email@example.com.
Thanks again to you and Carl for sending us home with a mahi.
Chuck, I wanted to make sure you knew that my family and I enjoyed ourselves last Saturday. It was a slow day for sure but Jim and RJ persevered and managed to hook into a sizable Mahi Mahi. Coincidentally, the charter that the Hilton recommended, was sniffing around our stern after the hook up!
After that I definitely knew we made the right choice. If you’d like me to give you a good review on your website or Yelp just let me know.
Thanks again for the fantastic fishing charter. All the best to you and I hope we go fishing again sometime in the future.
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!!!!
I’ve been around game fishing long enough to know it’s not just luck. It all reflects on the skippers preparation and attention to detail, from the sharpness of your hooks, maintenance of your boat and fishing gear, decisions on where to go, what speed, what to troll, choice and placement of your lures, to crew work, concentration etc. – and you are very focused!
We just wanted to say thank you for a fun day of fishing on September 19th and a great day out on the boat. We loved it!. Also we will call to book a full day with you for our next visit in February. We hope to catch our dinner and have you cook it! Again, thank you and your crew.
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!
I just wanted to say thanks for the 3rd awesome fishing trip in a row. Last year I was lucky enough to catch a 95 lb. sailfish and Russ caught a 180 lb. blue marlin, and we got several mai mai, ono, and tuna on the south point 2 day trip. this year I was lucky enough to catch a 300 lb. blue marlin and Gayle caught a 150 lb. blue marlin. what a trip it was. You, your boat, and the crew is the best thanks again.
As we look back at 2010 we will always remember this years fishing trip. It was wonderful. Thank you for always showing us a great time fishing in Kona. Happy New Year to you and your family! We look forward to our 2011 trip.
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!