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.
Really enjoyed fishing with you, Rocky and Sean yesterday. It was all that we had hoped for and more. We ended up eating at your family restaurant and it was easily the best Mexican food we have had in Hawaii. I had such a blast, it convinced me that I need to go again before I move this summer.
Thanks again for a good day fishing. Still looking for the blue… Will look you up if we make it back there.
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!
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.
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.
Thanks again for the fantastic fishing charter. All the best to you and I hope we go fishing again sometime in the future.
We had avery nice time. Your crew was excellent. We will be back again. Thank you so much. 🙂
Thank you for making my husband’s 60th birthday the best ever. His dream was to catch a Marlin and he did it thanks to you! We booked your South Point overnight charter and had the time of our life’s. It was so much fun.
You guys rock! What a ride we had. That’s the kind of fishing dreams are made of! We will treasure the experience forever and look forward to hangin with you again in the near future. All I can say is Wow! We are sore. RJ, we love ya. I can only assume your butt was kicked as well… Much love, hope to see you guys soon.
Thanks again for a good day on the 27th. It was great landing the big yellowfin tuna and thanks to Bevan for his help. It was a pity we didn’t hook a marlin. My brother saw in the next day’s West Hawaii paper that you had hooked 4 the previous week -such is fishing.
Thanks again and if/when we return to the Big Island we will be out with you again.