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Kona Hawaii, on the west coast of the Big Island is thought by many to have some of the greatest deep sea fishing God ever created on Earth. In the middle of the Pacific Ocean where the winds can be gusty and the seas large stands an island with enormous mountains and incredibly deep, calm, indigo colored water right offshore.
KONA FISHING NEWS - November 2013
Steve and Joe have been coming to Kona for several years to fish on the Sea Strike with friend Captain Dale Leverone. They were here this summer and enjoyed some stellar fishing. On the first day, when the line started screaming Joe got in the chair. First mate Jack cleared the lines to get ready for battle. Just after he pulled the rod from the rod holder to move it out of the way, a second marlin came up right behind the boat and grabbed the lure, almost yanking the rod out of Jack's hands. With Jack's experience handling rods, the 14-year old deckhand was able to get the rod back in the holder and get Steve on the fish. The double hookup resulted in 2 pacific blue marlin, weighing 170 and 340.
Consistent with this time of year, the catching of fish has been touch and go. However, there is always fish in the sea and you never know when the luck will be yours. True to this, Captain Dale took out a guy for a morning half last week, amidst several days of few fish being caught. As luck would have it, they drove over the exact right spot in the ocean that brought a hungry marlin to the surface after one of the Sea Strike's lures, and the battle ensued. It turned out to be a successful fishing trip aboard the Sea Strike with a 441 pound marlin weighed in for the day.
The fleet of Kona fishing charter boats at Honokohau Harbor, in the lee of mighty Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, stands ready to fish. Even during times when the rest of the state is landlocked by gale force winds from the East which build seas to thirty feet,Kona charters go fishing as though they were oblivious to the storm. Some even say the red flags used to depict small craft advisories and hurricanes have never been removed from the package, but the flags used to display the fish that were caught by each boat on a given day fly until the rays of the sun tear them apart. Then they're replaced.
Heading out of the harbor and out to the grounds for Marlin on the United States East Coast, West Coast or the Gulf of Mexico means spending an hour or two "running" first, thus adding to fuel and engine maintenance costs. Not in Kona. The water is 100 fathoms less than a mile and a half from the harbor entrance and 1000 fathoms only three and a half miles from shore. Within 10 minutes from leaving the harbor, the crew is preparing the lures and a few minutes later, you are fishing. Combine this with a sunny day and a flat sea filled with thousand pound marlin, plentiful ahi, ono, mahi-mahi, and a multitude of others, and it becomes difficult to argue just how perfect the Kona fishing environment is. The term "legendary" cannot be overused when describing Kona fishing waters. As you venture out into this area on a Kona fishing charter, legend stands before you as ominous as the mountains to the East and the open sea to the West, you can't help but feel you are trespassing among the land of the giants. As a humble human, you can't help but feel the presence; as a fisherman you can't help but feel the power. Your focus is sharp and your hearing enhanced. Your eyes become hawk-like as you constantly scan the surface for signs of activity, and your muscles stay itchy with anticipation of the next strike.
The scenery is gorgeous, so take along your camera. View the lava flows that have poured down these slopes for years, and you'll suddenly realize why it felt like you had landed on the moon when you flew in.
Old landmarks used by the early anglers are still used today. Kona deep sea fishing in areas such as "the grounds" and "the trail" still ring out on the radio as much as when the pioneers of the sport first worked the area. But now, with the onset of Fish Aggregation Devices (FADS), hotels and resorts, newer landmarks such as "OTEC," "The Hilton," and "V V" further define the mystique of this amazing fishery.
The general Kona fishing area is roughly seventy miles long, with Honokohau right in the middle, and most fish are caught within 5 miles of shore. Large Marlin have been caught in almost every inch of this 1,700 square-mile stretch of playground. Some lucky folks return in short order with a huge fish caught just outside the harbor, while others need the full day and a good sized piece of the grounds to rally their fare.
for more information on Kona Fishing Charters, contact Captain Dale Leverone at 808-895-1972 or email