Do I need a fishing license?

No, fishing licenses are not required for recreational sport fishing in the state of Hawaii.

What kind of fish will we catch?

The most common fish caught are Tuna (Big Eye and Yellow Fin), Marlin (Blue & Striped), Mahi mahi, and Ono

Are the package prices per person?

These prices are not per person, they are cost for an exclusive charter for a total of 6 people. Any applicable taxes and fees are included in the price.

Where are you located?

We are located in Keauhou Bay with some of the best fishing grounds around the island directly outside our harbor. This equals no lengthy run time to begin fishing, we start immediately.

How can we find out more about custom charter option?

Please feel free to call Captain Bill or Captain Nainoa if you have any questions or concerns you would like to address. Whether its to build and personalize your trip or to just inquire about the bite, we would like to hear from you.

What should we bring with us?

We provide any required gear such as bait, tackle, coolers with ice, and back up drinking bottled water. All you need to bring is what you will eat and drink for your time on the water with us. Please remember to bring plenty of fluids to stay hydrated. Please, no Aerosol Spray On Sun Block aboard the Nainoa, only lotions. If aerosol is all you have, leave it at home along with Bananas..!! We have plenty of various numbered sun blocks for you to use and Bananas are bad luck!! Don't forget your camera.

What about gratuity?

Gratuity - There is not much money to be made in the charter fishing business. Most of us are addicts to fish and are content with just getting by. The operational cost are far from what our guests understand and crew gets paid with papayas and coconuts. If you feel we have provided you the best we were capable of to make your trip the best it could be, gratuity is greatly appreciated.

Will you clean and fillet the fish for us?

I am happy to cut fish for you to enjoy eating while you are in Kona. In fact and in most cases, food fish are a priority for us to catch unless otherwise specified.

What is your policy on catch and release?

Please understand fish over 50lbs will be at the discretion of the boat to decide its fate. For example; I do not want to kill a 500 lb Marlin to hang upside down for picture purposes. I would rather involve you in the process of a clean release by assisting with making sure that fish will swim away strongly and with those action shots versus a dead fish. Another example would be big Yellow Fin Tuna. These fish are sold to maintain all my expensive gear and to keep Nainoa a perfectly fine tuned fishing machine.

What time do we start?

We like to leave early and utilize are prime location to its advantage. No sense having boats from another harbor beating us to the desired fishing grounds - our front yard. We also like to leave early to catch our live bait. There is only a small window of opportunity in the early mornings to do this, and that also depends on how many people are in your party.

Where should I park?

Most of our charters leave so early in the morning that there are usually parking spaces available directly adjacent to the main dock off Kaleiopapa Street. If those spaces should happen to be occupied, you can park on the street along King Kamehameha III Rd. on the opposite side of the bay. If that is the case you will need to drive back up Kaleiopapa Street to Alii Drive, make a left on Alii Drive, drive down Alii Drive until you come to the King Kamehameha III intersection, make a left onto King Kamehameha III and drive to the end near the bay. Park along the street where you can.