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    Kona Hawaii Fishing Report – July wrap-up. We're right in the middle of the famous Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament and this is their 60th anniversary. It's been an interesting tournament so far. If you've been a regular reader of mine, you would know that the big marlin have been quite scarce so far this year. The minimum "keeper" weight for the tournament is 300 lbs. Anything under that needs to be tagged and released. It's possible that there won't be any keepers this year but the i…

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    Kona Hawaii Fishing Report – June wrap-up. The summer marlin tournaments have started and the bite for them has been good but by no means could it be called a hot bite. That's in part because of the current speed and direction as I mentioned in last months report. It still hasn't formed up very well but when it does, the bite will get good. Most of the marlin that are being caught right now are only about 150 lbs. with very few of the bigger females around. Last weekend was a 2 day tournament an…

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    Kona Hawaii Fishing Report – May wrap-up. The Kona marlin bite remains good but the "HOT" bite from last month has cooled just slightly. Considering that it's the current speed and direction that turns the bite on and off here, the current did get wishy-washy this month and the bite could have really turned off but it didn't. It just slowed a little for part of the month but the current seems to be getting more stable now so June should be really good. Several guys have told me that to get out o…

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    THE BITE IS ON! Yes, I shouted that. I haven't seen so many fish flags flying in the harbor in quite some time. For those who don't know, the boats get to brag about their catches by flying fish flags (aka brag flags). There is a different colored flag with a fish silhouette for each type of fish so you can even see from a distance what kind of fish were caught. Marlin flags (dark blue) are flying all around the harbor right now and many boats are flying multiple marlin flags. There is a known f…

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    Kona Hawaii Fishing Report – March wrap-up. If you read last month's report you already know that the seas have calmed down to normal but it didn't happen until about mid March. The calm seas allow the boats to fish a much wider area and the catches show it. More marlin are coming is and some of them are big ones. We haven't seen many "beast" marlin (marlin weighing over 500 lbs.) in a while but they're showing up now. There are some striped marlin around too but the spearfish bite is really lac…

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    Kona Hawaii Fishing Report – Febuary wrap-up. Kona has one of the most stable fishing environments on the planet. Calm seas and sunshine is the norm. Getting rained on while out fishing is almost unheard of. The common wind pattern is that the strong winds (trade winds) hit the other side of the island making the Kona side as calm as a lake on most days. If you're a regular reader of mine you may have noticed that I sometimes complain that I couldn't fish up North too much because of the high wi…

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    Kona Hawaii Fishing Report – January wrap-up. Finally I can stop complaining about the lack of tourism due to the volcano eruption last May through July. I guess the word finally got out that Kona hasn't been covered by lava. This was a busy January and my 2019 calendar is filling fast. The fish are here too! The striped marlin bite has been better than it has been for the past several winters. The blue marlin bite is also going strong even though it's not anywhere near a peak season for them. S…

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    Kona Hawaii Fishing Report – December wrap-up. The week between Christmas and the New Year is typically the busiest tourist season in Hawaii but tourism is still way down here on the Big Island because of the volcano. It shut off five months ago so you might figure that the effect on tourism would have been over by now but it's not. The volcano smoke is gone and we're seeing clearer skies than we've seen in a decade. The view of the island from the ocean has been nothing less than spectacular! O…

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    Kona Hawaii Fishing Report – November wrap-up. The blue marlin bite remains pretty good for it being the off season. We've even had some BIG ones showing up. Even more in numbers than we had during the peak summer blue marlin season. The striped marlin should have started showing up in October but they didn't but they're starting to show up now. Last year was one of the worse striped marlin seasons I could remember so I'm really hoping that this year will be better. Orange striped marlin meat ma…

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    Kona Hawaii Fishing Report – October wrap-up. It can sometimes be quite difficult to gauge the bite in Kona and even more so lately. I use to be able to read the weekly catch report in the local newspaper but just a little over a year ago, the author of that weekly column, Jim Rizzuto passed away and the weekly column disappeared. No one has picked up Jim's torch and it doesn't look like anyone will. We also have "The Charter Desk" that writes the daily catches that are weighed in on a dry erase…

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    Kona Hawaii Fishing Report – September wrap-up. September is typically the slowest tourist season month for Hawaii but this September was particularly brutal. Tourism is the foundation of Hawaii's economy. While the other islands have had slight increases in tourism this year, the Big Island fell way short. Even many people that did come here said they had concerns and second thoughts. Are we going to be covered by lava? Blown off the island by a hurricane? Earthquakes, floods, wild fires, tsuna…

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    Kona Hawaii Fishing Report – July wrap-up. The blue marlin bite remained good as it should for summer. I made the prediction in last month's report that the big female marlin would be showing up soon and they did. Not just in Kona but all over the islands. On both Kauai and Oahu, grander marlins were caught just this month where last year, there were no granders caught all year in all of Hawaii. Kona won the World Cup Marlin Tournament this month. A fishing tournament that truly is fished all ar…

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    Kona Hawaii Fishing Report – May wrap-up. The fish aren't afraid of the volcano! That's the headline. And guess what? The people in Kona aren't afraid of it either. I've been getting calls all month from concerned relatives and vacationers who have booked fishing trips with me. Let me state here with clarity that Kona is in no danger. We are far away from any active lava events. I will add that the air quality can be a little rough on some days. It depends on how much forest is being burned by t…

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    Kona Hawaii Fishing Report – April wrap-up. The blue marlin bite is on! Almost all of the boats are getting bit daily but on average, more marlin are lost than are caught. Even with that, some boats are catching 2, 3 or even 4 marlin in a day. The spearfish bite is much the same with multiple catches. Just yesterday we caught a spearfish and I gaffed it. Normally I let the spearfish go but these people were feeding a large local family. Before I even got a chance to get a photo of it for my web …

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    Kona Hawaii Fishing Report – March wrap-up. March has always been one of my favorite months to fish. The water conditions really change in March. January and February are our rough water months. This January and February were pretty mild for sea conditions overall but those flat calm seas that start in March and continue throughout the summer just makes fishing a whole lot more fun. The blue marlin bite was pretty good this month. The peak blue marlin season is the summer time so hopefully this …

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    Kona Hawaii Fishing Report – February wrap-up. Some nice size blue marlin showed up this month with several "beast" status marlin caught. Some were kept but most of them were released. FYI, a 500+ lb. marlin is a "beast". Kona is usually the best place in the world to land the coveted first "grander" (1000+) of the year but the first grander of this year was caught in Australia. They are famous for black marlin but this year Australia landed it's first ever grander blue marlin. Kona (or anywhere…

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    Kona Hawaii Fishing Report – January wrap-up. The new year started off great and was just a continuation of the hot bite on blue marlin and spearfish that we were experiencing in December. That lasted into the middle of the month. Then I didn't fish for a week and when I went back out there, everything had changed. The currents were screwey and as usual when that happens, the trolling bite drops dramatically. It's a good thing that it didn't last for long though. The currents have recently retur…

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    Kona Hawaii Fishing Report – December wrap-up. What a great way to end the year! There was a bite on almost everything this month. Winter is usually the slowest time of the year for blue marlin but the bite was about as good as it gets even in the summer months. All sizes, big to small but still no “grander” for us this year. Spearfish season starts in January but we’re already seeing some show up. What we haven’t seen show up is the striped marlin. It should be better by this time of year but J…

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    Kona Hawaii Fishing Report – November wrap-up. There’s a good bite going on right now. It started early in the month with a good blue marlin bite and just past mid month, an ono run completely out of season and mahi mahi close to shore swimming with them. There would have been a whole lot more fish caught this month overall but there were very few charter fishing boats going out to get them. So why aren’t there more boats going out? One of the reasons is that November isn’t a hot month for touri…

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    Kona Hawaii Fishing Report – October wrap-up. October has often been one of my favorite months to fish because often it’s just an extended summer month with flat seas, light winds and a pretty decent bite but this October we got hit by a couple of winter storms. The last one dumped so much rain on us that it sunk two boats in Kona and three on Oahu. Other boats were in danger of sinking and came close but didn’t. Any more rain and there would have been more sinkings. A bilge pump is only as good…