We do fillet the fish right on the boat and pack the fillets in ice as quickly as possible to start the cooling process. Most customers just take enough fish to enjoy while they are on vacation in Kona Hawaii. If you would like more than that, please let us know before your fishing trip so their is no miscommunication with the captain and crew. We fillet up to 50 pounds of whole fish for our guests which is about 30 pounds of fillet. captain decides to cut it rather then sell.
The fish we fillet for our guests is mahi mahi, ono, spearfish, small stripe marlin and yellow fin tunas under fifty pounds. We really like to release the blue marlin and other billfish if it is possible. If the boat keeps them or the giant ahi tuna then we have to properly brine them for 24 hours and more of a task to just fillet on the boat and give to you. If we do decide to fillet the giant tuna we will give you a 1/3 of that fish if captain decides to cut it rather then sell.
Kona is not like Alaska or East coast. We have no packing and shipping facilities on the Island. Hawaii is just not that type of fishery since the islands are so new and there is no bottom or reef systems. We are really a blue marlin and oceanic pelagic fishery (billfish, mahi mahi, ono, and tuna) since we are fishing in open ocean and beyond a continental shelf. We can not just go and catch snapper, grouper or other ground fish for you to eat. That fishery just does not exist hear.