Fishing in Kona, HI
Get “Hooked Up” fishing in Kona Hawaii. We offer 1/2, 3/4, full day and last minute deep sea fishing charter trips. We have great rates and a proven catch record and you can see this in our daily fish report. We specialize in trolling for blue marlin, spearfish, mahi mahi, ono and tuna year round in Kona. Captain Chuck Wigzell and son Zac own and operate the very large, clean and comfortable 40′ Hooked Up. Chuck has 28 years of experience fishing in Kona Hawaii and Zac grew up with his dad fishing the boat. Take the time to check out the website, there is a lot of useful information about fishing in Kona Hawaii. To book a fishing trip please call, text or email Captain Chuck.
Types Of Fish
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. 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.
We Fillet Fish
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. Or if you have no place to cook your fish our family restaurant Pancho and Lefty’s Cantina & Restaurante will cook your catch in downtown Kona. It doesn’t get any fresher or better than that. Check out our fish filleting policy here.
Captain and crew professionally maintain the 40′ 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. The large blue marlin that frequent the Kona coast will find any weakness in your tackle. If one is not prepared and take shortcuts you will lose your fish of a life time. Hooked up is prepared and ready for that opportunity to catch a blue marlin over 1000 pounds. 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.
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!
We had avery nice time. Your crew was excellent. We will be back again. Thank you so much. 🙂
Had a great day today, even if the big ones didn’t bite, and the 50lb one got away.
The yellowtail was phenomenal, sashimi, as well as stir fried.
Jim and RJ, thanks for a wonderful fishing excursion.
Just wanted to say thank you for a very memorable day. Great boat, great crew and a 452 pound Blue Marlin was icing on the cake. Happy fishing.
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.
What can I say about our day besides Jim and Rocky were exceptional from the minute we got on the boat until we got off at the harbor. For Geoffrey, Jeremy, my wife Lauren and myself it was the best day fishing we have ever had in the islands.
I had a Blast with you guys last week. I hope you get into a Grander for Lou. I lost my Marlin but at least I had him on and learned a lot from Rocky on fighting A big fish. Next year will be my time. I landed on Sun. and it was snowing. Well Back to work.
I just wanted to tell you we all had a great time last Thursday and I can’t wait to do it again in May with my kids!
I just wanted to say thank you for the great time we had on the water. You and your brother are true professionals with a level of enthusiasm I didn’t expect from people who are so experienced. We didn’t get into as many fish as I’d hoped, but that’s fishing. We would’ve completely missed the Humpback whales had you not spotted them. For my kids, that was a highlight of the day. The striped marlin was my highlight. Rosa’s Canteen & Grill did a great job on the marlin I caught. The atmosphere in Rosa’s is very welcoming.
I look forward to seeing the photo you took. I will definitely recommend you to anyone looking for a fishing charter.
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!