big island fishing

Hawaii’s Native Big Game Fish

Hawaiian waters are ripe with fish, from the teeny tiny reef fish to the massive big game fish that are at the top of the food chain; there are fish of all sizes swimming around the islands. Most visitors to Hawaii head out on a snorkeling excursion to spot the smaller fish that dwell on reefs, skimming the surface of the ocean while the fish swim below. However, some want to see the big fish, and in most cases, seeing isn't enough – they want to catch one, and a fishing trip is the only way to do so.

The topography of the ocean’s floor around Hawaii is quite different that other places around the world, and being that the islands are made up of volcanoes, the ocean floor drops very quickly, so finding big fish means you don't have to go too far from the harbor to start seeing the prized catches. The shallow waters are the places that you will find the more moderate sized fish, while the deepest waters are where some of the biggest fish in the ocean are found.

The options for finding the fish, both moderate sized and huge, are on fishing charters that are hosted by local fishing boats. Half-day charters are available and generally stay in the shallower waters, finding prized catches that bring fish like Mahi Mahi, Skipjack Tuna, Yellowfin Tuna, and Ono back to the islands. These fish are native to Hawaiian waters, and have long been a vital aspect of Hawaiian food.  Full-day charters head out to the deeper parts of the ocean, where fish have more room to swim and bigger fish to feed on. This allows them to grow to dizzying sizes and on a full-day at sea, you might run into the biggest fish you will ever see. Marlin and Swordfish are the prizes out here, and if you are lucky enough to hook one, get ready for a long battle.

A day on the water is always a thrill, and a great activity for time in Hawaii. Charters are available on each island and depart daily, with prized fish out there to catch. The waters are filled with species of fish that have been vital to Hawaii for hundreds of years, and you can join the tradition of fishing in Hawaii during a vaction.

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