Oahu Fishing Charters
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Oahu fishing charters are a popular activity to do here on Oahu whether you are a hard core fisherman or somebody looking to have an excursion with friends and family.

Boats run the gamut from basic all the way up to luxurious depending on what you are in the mood for. Most people are interested in sportfishing but other types are available as well such as spear, light tackle and fly fishing.

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Will They Pick Me Up?

Most times no even if staying in Waikiki. However most of the boats are docked at nearby Kewalo Basin just past Ala Moana shopping center and across from the Ward Warehouse shopping complex. It's about a 10-15 minute cab ride.

Boom Boom Sportfishing on the west side will pick you up for just over $180. If your party is large then this is justified otherwise rent a car for the day.

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How Long Do Charters Run For?

Half day or full day generally. This translates into 4, 6 or 8 hour charters which can be shared or run on an exclusive basis. Based on the feedback and suggestions I've gotten from different companies it's best to do a full day particularly if you are going on a boat that launches from Waikiki and not the west side. This brings us to the next question:


How Long Should I Go For?

Full day is best if the boat company you choose launches from the Waikiki/Honolulu area and not the west side or north shore. The reasons are:

1. It takes time to get to the spot(s) where the fishing is best and to return

2. In search of the best spots there is a fair amount of "trolling" along the way which is on and/or near the west side

3. Everybody on the boat has to have a turn in the seat to try to catch fish. It also takes time to reel a fish in particularly if it's big.


Where Do They Go?

If launching from Kewalo Basin they go straight out and start heading toward the west side depending on the length of the charter. There is trolling along the way.

If launching from the west side you go straight out and the best spots are all a short drive from one another so more time is spent fishing and not searching for fish.


What Types of Boats Are Available?

This varies with the type of company but the nicer ones range from 38-53' with various features such as GPS, air conditioning, microwave, showers, shaded bridge and bench seating.

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What Should I Bring?

Your own food and drinks-generally there's at least a cooler on board. Everything else will be there such as equipment and bait. Penn and Shimano 2 speed reels are common.


What Kinds of Fish Will I Catch?

It varies but the following types are common options: Blue Marlin, Stripped Marlin, Mahi Mahi, Ono (Wahoo), Ahi (Yellow Fin Tuna), and Skip Jack Tuna


Can I Keep What I Catch?

Usually-most boats will but more than likely they'll clean and fillet it and split it into portions so that everybody has some to take home. This can work out to 3-4 lbs of fish per person depending.


Availability of Charters

TIP: 99% of the charters won't run unless they have at least 4 people to go on them and they usually don't know if it'll run until the last minute.

My suggestion is to get more friends to join you or to join another charter that has at least 2 people already scheduled on it.

The only way around this is to book an exclusive charter which is not that much more expensive most times. The more people you have in your group the more you will save.


How Much Does It Cost?


Pricing & Availability


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Oahu Fishing Charters-Other Types

Fly Fishing

Involves wading in shallow waters (up to 4 ft) in scenic spots on the island usually along the eastern shores, windward coasts or the Ala Moana areas. Hawaiian Bonefish (Oio) is commonly caught and groups of 3 or less are encouraged to maximize personal attention. Half or full day tours available and are done on a private basis.

Light Tackle Fishing

Conducted along the rocky coastlines of the island utilizing spinners and rods to catch various types of fish such as Omilu, Papio, Moana, Nunu, Moi and Roys. Popular spots include the Halona Blow hole area just past Hanauma Bay or near Diamond Head. Also half or full day options and done on a private basis.

Spear Fishing

The basics of handling, shooting and swimming with the 3 pronged spear are taught at one of the rocky shorelines along the beautiful windward coast. Learn this ancient form of fishing straight from a local.

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