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.  Hooked Up specializes 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 30 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.

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Types Of Fish

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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

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Our friendly professional captain and crew work great with kids and family’s. . We are happy to work with your kids to catch them their own trophy fish. It is truly rewarding and fun for the whole family to watch and help the kids catch a tuna, mahi mahi, ono or marlin.  Hooked Up has a variety of 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

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At the end of the day, we’ll FILLET up to 50 pounds of whole 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. Please check out our fish filleting policy here.

Professionally Maintained

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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

Fishing in Kona has been super hot for blue marlin for the past month. Yesterday we released 5 blue marlin between the hooked up and the ez pickens.
Had a good week of fishing. The blue marlin bite has beem really good. Lot of 60-150 marlin being caught wirh multiple double and triple strikes from the charter fleet. We caught 5 or...
Ended up the rest of the year wirh 2 more spearfish and a blue marlin on Hooked Up! The Ez pickens finished off really strong! They caught 5 blue marlin and a spear fish...
Took a few days off for Christmas but first day back at it caught a nice stripe marlin on a half day! Stripe Marlin

Some information you can use about sport fishing in Kona, Hawaii…blue marlin fishing big island

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

Blue marlin fishing in Kona Hawaii.

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.

Fishing Methods

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 konacharterboat@gmail.com.

Learn about fishing in KonaCheck out the boat

Just wanted to send a quick thanks out to Jim, Bill & yourself for the great day fishing. I’m already trying to convince my brothers to make the trek down to Kona for a guys only trip.


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