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|Fishing Charters on Maui|
|Aerial Sport Fishing Charters - 35' Cabo|
|Aloha Blue Sport Fishing Charters - 40' Power Catamaran|
|Desperado Sport Fishing Charters - 31' Bertram|
|Hinatea Sport Fishing Charters - 41' Hatteras Twin Diesel Sport Fisher|
|Luckey Strike II Sport Fishing Charters - 50' Delta Marine|
|Maui Fun Charters - 36' Carman Cabin Cruiser|
|No Problem Sport Fishing Charters - 37' Merritt|
|Rascal Sport Fishing Charters - 43' Bertram|
|Reel Luckey Sport Fishing Charters - 38' Mediterranean Sportfisher|
|Start Me Up Sportfishing - 42' L.O.A. Bertram Sportfisher|
|Strike Zone Sport Fishing Charters - 43' Delta Sportfishing Yacht|
|Tale Walker - 31' Bertram|
|Wailea Boating Company Sport Fishing Charters - 36' Powerboat (Private Charters)|
Maui Sport Fishing Charters
Every Maui deep sea fishing aficionado knows the adrenaline rush of a fish-strike - the high-pitched whine of the line uncoiling from a smoking reel, the scramble to strap into the fighting chair and the first glimpse of a silver adversary far behind the boat. Few experiences compare to the drama and exhilaration of finding yourself at the business end of a fishing line attached to a Pacific Blue Marlin.
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Where do the Maui fishing charters depart from?.
Lahaina and Maalaea harbors are well-known throughout the island chain as the places to find the finest sport fishing charters and deep sea fishing charters in Maui. If you are staying on the West side of the island in Kaanapali, Napili, Kahana, Kapalua or Lahaina your closest Maui fishing charter is going to be from Lahaina Harbor. If you're staying anywhere on the southern coast like Kihei, Wailea, Makena or Maalaea or staying somewhere upcountry your closest departure for Maui Sport fishing is going to be from Maalaea.
What types of fish are caught.
The waters around Maui are home to the Pacific Blue, Striped and Short Billed Marlin, the Skipjack and Yellowfin Tuna, Mahimahi, Wahoo (Ono), Trevally, Shark, Barracuda, and Hawaiian Salmon. These are the same fish you'll find on the dinner menu at your favorite seafood restaurant most nights.
Types of Maui Sport Fishing Boats.
Fishing boats are available in a variety of sizes and come equipped with a whole range of gear, from basic equipment to the best in state-of-the-art big game sport fishing. Some boats offer large salons, stereo systems, galleys with microwave oven, refrigerator and freezer, showers, covered bridge, cellular phone, air conditioning, color video fish finders, Penn International reels and rock-away fighting chairs.
Bottom fishing off Maui is fun too.
You drop your line over the side and just about always catch something, although the fish are usually much smaller than the big game varieties found of the Maui sport fishing charters. Most of the Maui bottom fishing consists of drifts in about a hundred feet of water or so. The types of fish you will likely catch on Maui bottom fishing charters are Ta'ape Gray Snapper and Trevally as well as a number of other varieties. People are always happy to catch fish on their fishing charters even if they may only be five pounds or so, but you never know, much larger fish are occasionally caught on Maui bottom fishing charters.
Best Months of the year for fishing in Maui
Of course, with regard to Maui fishing, every type of fish caught on Maui has its particular times when it is more likely to be caught. With regard to the most popular types of Maui big game fish however the "golden zone" is May and June. This is not to say that other months of the year will not be suitable for fishing on Maui but your greatest likelihood of catching Marlin, Tuna, Mahi Mahi and Trevally will be during these times. If you extrapolate outward a couple of months on each side you will still be in the peak fishing seasons. That being said, if you're not coming during that time of year don't simply blow off your trip...........remember: a bad day of fishing is still better than a good day at work! One additional note: Bottom Fishing on Maui is usually great all year long.
Yearly weather conditions as they relate to Maui fishing.
Maui fishing charters will go our all year long and can, and do catch fish at all times of the year. Maui fishing conditions on Maui fishing charters can vary considerably depending upon the day. As a rule you can expect the rougher weather and water conditions to happen during the storm season in the winters. Storm seas at that time can make things uncomfortable for Maui fishing charters but keep in mind that the days between any storm surge in the winter months can be some of the most delightful days of the year. These days are likely to not have any trade wind conditions to deal with and are often very flat and calm. It is not always possible to pick the best days for fishing on Maui during the winter as one day can be very different from the next so just like all forms of fishing itself, you simply pay your money and take your chances because fishing, as you know, has no guarantees. During the summer months the seas can be a bit more predictable having a constant predominance of the trade winds which blow from the northeast. Summers are quite warm and sunny and the abundance of fish on Maui at these times make a Maui fishing charter ideal.
Some things you should know about sport fishing on Maui.
Private charters book the whole boat for the exclusive use of you and your group. If you are a serious fisherman, generally speaking the private charter route is the best way to go. If you charter your own boat you will be guaranteed to know the people you will be fishing with. You will also have more say with the captain regarding the decisions that will be made regarding where you will fish and what type of fish you will be on the hunt for. You also have the advantage on a private Maui fishing charter to have the whole boat to yourself or maybe just one other friend. We have booked charters over the years for a week straight with just one fisherman on board..........pricy, yes..........but you're enjoying your fishing charter with no-one to interrupt.
You may choose to go on a "share boat" with a group of people, usually maximum 6. This is going to be the least expensive way to arrange for a Maui fishing charter. The share boat charters do have some downsides but not enough to torpedo your fishing adventure. First off most boats usually need four persons before they can confirm a fishing charter. If you are a couple (which is how most people come) you will not be able to confirm your charter until at least another couple signs up. This in itself can skewer your vacation planning because that day will remain in flux until booked. Secondly, you have no control over who else your fishing mates will be and you will have less say with the captain as to what type of fish you will be going after and what areas you will be going fishing on Maui
Fishing trips are 4 hours, 6 hours, or 8 hours. Generally speaking, your best bet if your are seriously interested in catching fish is to take a longer charter. The six-hour Maui fishing charters are really the shortest we would recommend for this reason: Although fish can be, and are caught just after leaving the harbors, the best fishing zones are usually in the deeper water an hour away on the back side of Lanai or Kahoolawe. By the time you reach the fishing grounds you've already spent an hour of your charter and with an hour to get back only leaves you about two hours to fish the more likely places to catch fish. If you take a six-hour charter you literally double your fishing in the best spots and of course an eight hour tour will give you six hours there. With all being said and done, the longer the Maui fishing charter, the better your chances are for catching fish.
Fishing trips can leave in the morning or afternoon. Fish of course can be caught at any time of day but usually the morning charters offer the best in the way of calm ocean conditions and lack of wind.
All equipment, licenses, instruction and ice are provided by the boat, everything else is left for you to bring. You will need to prepare your lunch to bring on board and bringing beer along is a time honored tradition. The odd Hawaiian custom of not allowing bananas on board is relentlessly adhered to as they are said to bring bad luck and your clothing should be appropriate for the day. Most fishing charters on Maui take place in the heat of the day and so sunscreen is a must. Some type of waterproof jacket will often be well advised on days that are overcast.
The "tag and release" option is usually left up to you. Discuss this with the captain at the beginning of your trip so there will be no surprises
The general custom on Maui fishing charters is to allow the boat to keep the fish. This enables them to make up for the cost of lost lures and ever-increasing fuel costs. The crew will usually make sure you are given enough filets from the fish to take home to enjoy a great fish-fry but once again this should be made known before the charter begins on any specific Maui fishing boat.
Tom's Tips - Maui Deep Sea Fishing Charters
If you're really serious about catching fish, book a 3/4 (6-hour) or full day (8-hour) trip. This gives the boat time to reach the major fishing grounds and spend some time there. Four hour fishing charters are a good idea however if you have children as anything longer than four hours for a child is a big stretch.
Crew members are great fishermen, but you'll be pleased to know they won't be making your lunch. Bring your own food and drink.
Share-boat charters can be hard to arrange at times. We usually need a minimum of four passengers to confirm one so the best idea is to have as wide a selection of days and times available as possible.
Aerial Sportfishing Charters offers deep sea fishing charters on the "Kai Akua". The "Kai Akua" is a thirty-five foot Cabo sport fishing boat. This boat is designed for fishing the deep sea by fishing for fishermen. The "Kai Akua" features dual 450 HP Caterpillar diesel engines, Shimano Tiagra fishing reels, high tech navigation equipment, roomy air-conditioned cabin, CD/DVD players. They will be fishing in the ocean for Mahi-mahi, Ono, Ahi and Marlin using live bait, dead bait, and artificial lures. Beginners are welcome. All fishing equipment, ice and coolers are provided. Bring your favorite food and drinks and be ready for a fun day of fishing!
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If you want to go fishing, are not trying to target a huge Marlin or Tuna and would be satisfied with just reeling in some smaller fish to take back to the condo and throw on the grill might want to consider looking at Aloha Blue Charters. You'll normally drop your bait to about one hundred feet where the fish that are feeding on the creatures on the bottom will take their turns on it. The trip is aboard the power catamaran "Hokua" which is powered by eco friendly jet drive motors. The catamaran hull design makes for a very stable platform to bottom fish from. On this trip you could catch an Uku (Grey Snapper), a Papio or Ulua (types of Trevally), and more!
(From: $128.90 - To: $1,175.00)
Experience big game deep sea fishing aboard the "Desperado". The Desperado is a custom built thirty-one foot Bertram designed for big game fishing in the turbulent open oceans of Hawaii. The boat is equipped with a Rivovich Fighting Chair, a Tuna Tower, Fish Finder, and Penn International Rods and Reels. This boat has a star-studded history and has even hosted such celebrity fisherman as Britney Spears. The Desperado departs from Kaanapali Beach on the west side of Maui. This departure point can make it very convenient for families that are staying in Kaanapali and are sharing a rental can between multiple drivers.
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Go fishing off the deep-sea buoys in water that is thousands of feet deep aboard the "Hinatea". The "Hinatea" is a forty-one foot Hatteras Sportfisher with twin Cummins turbo-charged diesel engines. The crew and the of equipment on the boat are top notch. The "Hinatea" uses Penn International rods and reels. The "Hinatea" is also equipped with a fighting chair, tuna tower, and depth/fish finders as well as a GPS. They go out of Lahaina Harbor and target what is in season. The fish that they catch the most are Ahi, Mahi-Mahi and Ono but they also pull in their fair share of the illusive Marlin.
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The "Lucky Strike" is one of the larger fishing boats in Maui's fishing fleet. She is a fifty foot Delta Marine fishing vessel that is equipped with two marine heads, a spacious cabin, enclosed fly bridge, global positioning system, fish finder, auto pilot, Penn International gear, radar, two fighting chairs and large fish coolers. All of their fishing charters include use of fishing gear, tackle and bait. These are deep sea fishing charters where they are targeting the larger pelagic fish of the open ocean such as Ahi (Yellow-fin Tuna), Aku (Skip-jack Tuna), Ono (Wahoo), Mahi-Mahi (Dorado), Marlin, Rainbow Runner and more. The experienced crew of the Lucky Strike will help you every step of the way. If you want they can even do all the work until the fish bites and then they'll let you reel it in!
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Come fishing with Maui Fun Charters on their thirty six foot boat, the "Marjorie Ann II". This boat is a good choice if you have a small party and would prefer not to go out with a full complement of six anglers. "Personalized" would be a good word to use to describe Maui Fun Charters. They do their best to tailor their tours just for you, and that's not limited to just fishing either. Any given day might include snorkeling, diving or whale watching (which are all available on a private basis). If you are not looking to do a private charter then the of course there is the half day bottom fishing trip that is available as part of a group charter. On these bottom fishing trips the amount of fish that are pulled on board is generally larger in number then when you go deep sea fishing. However, even though there is the chance of landing many nice sized Uku, Opakapaka or Ulua when you're bottomfishing you will not get fish as large as you could in the deep sea. In other words if you're looking to catch a five hundred pound Marlin, it would be recommended to charter the boat for a private deep sea excursion.
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Go for a private fishing trip aboard the "No Problem", a well equipped thirty seven foot Merritt fishing boat that departs out of the Lahaina Harbor. Generally the "No Problem" goes on deep-sea trips where they target the pelagic fish of the open ocean such as: Ahi, Mahi-Mahi, Ono, Aku and Marlin. All skill levels of fisherman are welcomed from beginner to advanced and the crew is more then happy to help fillet some fish for your group so you can take home something to throw on the grill or in the frying pan when you get back to your hotel.
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Rascal Sport Fishing Charters offers private, shared and custom charters aboard their fully outfitted 43' Bertram Sport Fishing Boat. The "Rascal" features a spacious air conditioned salon, cozy V-berth, modern bathroom, an entertainment center and a Tuna Tower. They are equipped with top of the line fishing equipment such as: Penn International Reels, State of the art electronics including a Color FishFinder and GPS. The Rascals experienced captain & crew will be targeting the pelagic fish of the deep sea such as Ahi, Mahi-Mahi, Ono and Marlin. Generally they leave very early in the morning to get out to the deep sea buoys that offer the best fishing. These buoys are in over 5000 thousand feet of water and the algae that collects on the bouy cable provides food for the smaller fish. These smaller fish are the main food supply for the pelagic fish of the open ocean and this is why the buoys are oftentimes the best areas to go deep sea fishing.
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The "Reel Luckey" is a luxuriously appointed thirty eight for Mediterranian Sportfishing Yacht. She is available on a private basis only and departs out of Lahaina Harbor. She is powered by large twin turbo charged diesel engines. There is plenty of shade to cool off from the sun in the roomy cabin that is fully air conditioned. The "Reel Lucky" is also equipped with a large flying bridge and custom live bait well. The "Reel Lucky" caters to all levels of fisherman. Anyone from a first timer to a salty veteran will have a great time fishing with these guys, they will allow you to participate as much or as little as you would like. The fish they generally target are pelagic deep sea fish. Marlin, Mahi-Mahi, Ahi, Aku and Ono are generally what are caught but sometimes more rare fish like the Uku or Rainbow Runner are caught as well.
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Start Me Up Sportfishing Charters is owner operated with over thirty one years of experience fishing Hawaiian waters. Start Me Up Sportfishing Charters has a fleet of five forty two foot Bertram Sportfisher Boats that come fully equipped with the finest tackle and equipment. Novice and Pro anglers are welcome to come fishing with Start Me Up. The crew of start me up will allow you to participate as much or as little as you would like in the fishing process. Start Me Up Sportfishing Charters targeted catch are Marlin, Mahi Mahi, Ono, Ahi and Spearfish. They will tag and release billfish at customer request.
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Strike Zone Sportfishing Charters offers a variety of charters including sportfishing and bottomfishing charters. Sportfishing generally involves trolling into the deep sea towards the buoys that attract the deep sea pelagic fish such as the Ahi, Aku, Ono, Mahi-Mahi and Marlin. Generally on these trips the size of the fish will be much larger then you will find on the bottom fishing trips but the amount of fish you will catch is generally lesser in number then on the bottom fishing excursions. On the bottom fishing trips the fish are generally smaller, but you catch more of them and you do not have to make the trip all the way to the deep sea buoys. If you would like to go sportfishing, bottomfishing or even a sunset fishing cruise Strike Zone Sportfishing has packages available for you. The experienced captain and crew will make sure that you get to the right place to get the fish, and you have a fun time doing it.
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Go fishing with Tale Waker Sportfishing Charters and troll for mahi mahi, marlin, ono, ahi, aku, sailfish, and spearfish. Three quarter and full day trips are recommended for those in search of big game that would like to fish the deep sea buoys. Half day trips are recommended for catching smaller sport fish and trolling in the coastal waters. All fishing gear, bait, sodas, ice and coolers provided. No fishing license is required. Optional tag and release fishing is available on request. The "Tale Walker" is a thirty-one foot Bertram that is a comfortable fishing boat with plenty of shade and a clean restroom. The "Tale Walker" is equipped with a fighting chair, rigged for trolling. Share Boats are confirmed with two or more anglers. Departs from Mala Wharf and trolls the calm waters on the leeward coast of Maui and Lanai. Weather permitting they will even go fish the North Shore of Molokai at the base of the tallest sea cliffs in the world. The experienced crew of the "Tale Walker" will allow you to participate in the fishing and baiting as much or as little as you would like. If you would prefer to let the crew bait the lines, set up the pattern and simply hand off the line as soon as you get a bite for you to reel in the fish that is perfectly alright.
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Enjoy the luxury of having your own private fishing vessel as well as the safety of a USCG licensed captain familiar with local waters. The speedboat "Xian" was constructed by a renowned Florida builder and will take you in comfort and style to the destination and tour of your choice. "Xian" is a 36' Power Boat with twin 450 Horsepower 225 Honda 4 Cycle Engines, a large bikini style canopy at mid ship, a large teak swim step, transom door and two easy boarding ladders to make water entry safe and enjoyable.
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Fishing Charters in Maui - People always have bunches of questions about fishing on Maui. Here are a few answers to some of the main questions asked: Charters on Maui are either done on “share boats” or on “privates”. Most, but not all, boats will just take 6 passengers. You can sign on a share boat and then be on with other passengers who sign up as well. Most boats require a minimum of 4 passengers to make the trip a “go” so if you are one of the first passengers to sign up you may not be confirmed. If you take the boat as a private you will automatically be confirmed and the private price allows you to fish just by yourself or with 5 of your best friends. Generally speaking if your have 4 or more passengers in your party you should consider taking the boat as a private because the pricing will be the same or better and you’ll have the whole boat just for your family and friends. Fishing charters usually come in half, three-quarter or full days which are approximately 4,6 or 8 hour trips. As a general rule, the longer you fish the larger you latitude of fishing locations becomes and your likelihood of catching fish increases. There is no guarantee you’ll catch fish. The captain and crew will do the best job they can but remember the old adage about why they call it “fishing” and not “catching”. When you do catch fish many people want to know if they’ll be able to keep the catch. The way it generally works on Maui is that the fish caught are kept by the boat since most visitors would not have anyplace to keep the fish if they took it with them anyway. The crew will almost certainly however carve off enough filets for you to take back to the condo to have a fish fry for your family and friends that evening. Fish that are most commonly fished for and caught here on Maui are the Skip-jack and yellowfin tuna, Marlin, Ono, and Mahi-mahi. In addition to the trolling which is the most popular form of sport fishing here on the island, we also have boats that go out bottom fishing. On these boats each fisherman is given a pole. The boat stops over a likely fishing spot, and the fisherman drop the bait down near the bottom ..and hopes for the best. As a general rule, you will almost always catch some type of fish when bottom fishing but they are usually much smaller fish than can be caught when sport fishing.