Kids & Families

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Father And Son Ahi Tuna

A Kona family fishing trip could take your vacation from memorable to truly unforgettable. Join Hooked Up for a customized fishing trip just for you and your family. Hooked Up always enjoys taking kids out fishing and work hard to make it a nice experience for them.

Hooked Up has caught a lot of kids their first fish and their biggest fish.  We have had 10 year olds or younger catch their first blue marlin, spearfish, mahi mahi, ono and tuna. The kids will catch their fish in a way that’s safe and fun . We will try to teach them proper technique. Captain and Crew use positive encouragement words. We understand that its called fishing and not catching. If the fish gets off its no ones fault. Hooked Up realizes its supposed to be a fun, enjoyable and a good experience for the kids…

Fish Techniques

Captain Shawn helping Jackson!

We offer a variety of unique opportunities, from trolling for pelagic fish, to small tuna fishing. This depends on the conditions of the day, wind and current on what we target.  The small tuna is what we like to target to get the kids hooked up, if available. They are the easiest and most enjoyable to catch for kids. The smaller tuna are on the surface and they congregate around the FAD’s the state of Hawaii puts out.  The FAD’s are set for the fishing boats to have some kind of structure to hold the tuna.  The skip jack and yellow fin typically weigh between 3-15 pounds and the yellow fin our great to eat.  We use light stand up tackle to catch these tuna.

Hooked Up is a great boat for kids and families. Large side rails around the cockpit area makes the boat safe for the kids. They can walk around on the deck and be part of the action with out any worry. Hooked Up has plenty of shade with a open cabin and two full size couches. Boat is really comfortable and affordable for families.

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Opelu that dad help catch!

Captain and Crew will always work good with the kids and families. Captain Chuck has two children who grew up fishing on the boat themselves. Plus Captain Shawn has three kids that grew up on his boat fishing with him. As Captain Chuck puts it, “I enjoy taking kids out fishing. I see the excitement and joy my two children got after landing a fish. I know how important it is to get other kids involved and catch their own fish.”

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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!