How To take Better Pictures While Fishing – 7 Easy Tips

How To take Better Pictures While Fishing – 7 Easy Tips

When you come fishing with us on the Kona Fishing Charters, you’re probably going to want to take lots of pictures of you and your friends and family fishing, as well as all the fish you catch. But how can you take the best pictures while fishing? We compiled a list of easy tips to help your pictures turn out great!

How To take Better Pictures While Fishing – 7 Easy Tips


  1. Understand Your Camera – Before taking any pictures, you should try to understand your camera. If you’re using a smartphone, this might be a simple task, however, if you’re using a digital camera, this might be a little harder. But, just remember, that you’re trying to figure out settings that work for fish photos. So play around with your camera and take mental notes of the features and settings on your camera. You could also look at your camera’s manual, which will probably show you some other features and settings you didn’t know about.
  2. Focus on the Fish – When you do get out on the water and you’re ready to take pictures, make sure to focus on your subject – the fish! Don’t worry about getting everything in focus, just make sure the beautiful fish you caught is in focus. Even if the fish is the only subject in focus, that’ll just make it stand out more and make a great picture! But along with this tip, you should also remember not to keep the fish out of the water too long if you’re practicing catch and release.
  3. Get up Close and Personal – If you’re using your camera’s zoom, be aware that you lose picture quality. So instead of using your zoom, try to get up close to your subject… the fish. If the fish (or any other subject) is really close to the camera, use the Macro setting on your camera in order to get the most detailed picture possible. Remember to take the picture above and/or below the fish to make the most appealing in the photo.
  4. Take Pictures of the “Fight” – While most sportfishing pictures pick static images, like the boat, the fish, etc. the best shots are of the fight. Action shots are most exciting and will get the most “likes” when you share them with your friends and family. You can look through our galleries to see some of our own action shots.
  5. Take more than One Shot –  When you’re taking pictures don’t just take one shot. Take more photos than you would normally. Some cameras have a setting that allows you to take more than one shot even if you only click once. This is very important when dealing with action shots and hero shots. The more shots the better in those cases because there will be likelier that there will be a good shot in the batch. Erase the ones you don’t like afterwards and you’ll be good to go.
  6. Be Steady and Slow – When you’re taking pictures, make sure to go slow and steady like the tortoise in the story of the tortoise and the hare. Take a breath before you shoot a picture, that will help you keep the camera steady and help you slow down. If you don’t do this oftentimes the camera moves during the photo, making the photo turn out blurry or fuzzy.
  7. Pay Attention to the Light and the Sun – When you’re taking pictures, make sure to pay attention to the sun and the light. Keep the sun at your back when you’re taking pictures – colors are much more present and beautiful if the fish is in sunlight than in shadow. If you shoot with the sun at your front, everything will be covered in shadow. With this in mind, remember that there is “magic hour” in photography. These hours take place right after sunrise and right before sunset, and this allows the sun to paint everything with a beautiful, warm hue.  

Now that you know these tips, you will be sure to have a delightful, fun time on the Kona Fishing Charters. You’ll be able to take beautiful fishing pictures of your friends, family, and yourself catching all sorts of awesome fish in the Kona sea. And, remember, that we can always take a picture of you if you need or want us to do so. We want you to have a fantastically wonderful time fishing with us on the Kona Fishing Charters and we want to make sure your pictures preserve the great memories you’ll have of this fishing trip.

Boating Lingo

Boating Lingo

Before you join us out on the beautiful Pacific Ocean, it’d be good to understand some basic boating terminology. Although, you don’t need to know this before you come out, you might have fun learning all of these definitions and words, especially since boating terminology can seem like a foreign language to some. It’ll be quite impressive if you come out on the boat using the terms like starboard and port correctly. We want you to have the best experience with us on Kona Fishing Charters, so we hope you have fun learning these terms. If you have any questions, we’ll be pleased to answer them when you join us on a deep sea fishing charter adventure.

Boating Terminology and Lingo


aft – at or near the back of the boat. When you are moving towards the rear end of the boat, this is called going “aft.”

aground – touching the bottom

ahead – refers to a boat moving in a forward direction.

alee – the side of a boat that’s away from the direction of the wind.

amidships – the central part of a boat

anchorage – a location used for anchoring

astern – refers to a boat moving in a backwards position (reverse).

backing down – a type of maneuver used in offshore fishing where you move the ship in reverse in order to catch a fish.

bail – to remove water with a pump or bucket.

bait station – the area on a fishing boat that’s dedicated for preparing bait.

baitwell – the compartment on a fishing boat that’s used to keep live bait.

ballast – extra weight carried on a boat to increase stability.

beam – the widest part of a boat.

bear off – to turn the boat away from the wind.

berth – a place to sleep on a boat like a bed or a couch.

bow – the forward section of the boat. (You can remember “bow” as the front, because when you take a bow, you’re leaning forward.)

buoy – an anchored object that floats in the water to alert boaters. It is used as a navigation aid.

cabin – a room for passengers and/or crew members to use.

cast off – to let go of a line.

charts – electronic or paper navigational maps.

chumming – placing fish parts in the water to attract gamefish.

cockpit – synonymous with bridge, this is where the ship is steered and controlled.

course – the intended direction.

draft – the maximum depth of a boat.

fathom – a nautical measurement – it’s equal to a depth of six feet.

fishfinder- an electronic device that can find and display fish on a monitor using sonar technology.

forward – when you are moving towards the front end of a boat, this called going “forward.”

galley – the kitchen on a boat.

hard over – pulling the steering wheel over all the way in one direction.

head – the bathroom/toilet on a boat.

helm – where operational controls are located on a boat.

hull –  the main section of the boat.

knot – a measure of speed for nautical miles per hour. A nautical mile is slightly longer than a mile on land.

lifeline- lines on a boat deck that can be grabbed to prevent any overboard spills.

list – a boat’s leaning to one side.

port side – the entire left side of a boat as you are looking forward.

port bow – refers to the front left of a boat.

port quarter – refers to the rear left side of a boat.

starboard side – The entire right side of a boat as you are looking forward.

starboard bow – the front right of a boat

starboard quarter – refers to the rear right of a boat

stern – the back end of a boat.

topside – when you move from a lower deck of a boat to the upper deck of the boat.

underway – when a boat is moving, either by motor or wind, this is called being “underway.”

wake – the area of waves following a moving boat

Now that you’ve armed yourself with boating lingo, you will have an even better time with us on the Kona Fishing Charters. You’ll have fun using the lingo while boating and fishing in the Pacific Ocean. At Kona Fishing Charters, we want you to have a great time deep sea fishing, so if you have any questions, or are interested in more boating terms, let us know when you visit us. Call us at (808) 960-1424 to book your fishing charter in Kona, Hawaii!