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. 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 Hawaii and is the only captain to catch 200 blue marlin in a single year. We also fillet the fish for you to enjoy at no extra cost.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Thanks again for a great day on the water on Monday PM. Susanne, Alexandra, Jennet, Nick and I rally appreciated your tailored trip just for us. Too bad we didn’t “Hook Up” on anything on either the outbound or return trip from Buoy F. We finally ran out of tuna yesterday after four days of great Poki appetizers and Ahi for dinner.