Why Fishing in Hawaii is the Best

Why Fishing in Hawaii is the Best

Why Fishing in Hawaii is the Best

One of the best parts about coming to Hawaii is the variety of activities you can experience, from sailing to hiking to surfing and fishing. Today we will discuss why we believe Hawaii is one of the best places in the entire world to fish. After deep-sea fishing in Hawaii with us at Kona Fishing Charters, you’ll probably agree, and be ready for more fishing fun in Hawaii with your family and friends!

Family Fun

Speaking of your family, fishing is one of the best activities in Hawaii for kids and parents to do together. It’s a simple and fun activity for kids of all ages. While experiences like hiking and surfing might be too much for some kids, especially depending on their age and how long you plan on doing it, fishing can grab their attention for longer. The kids will be so excited to catch their own fish especially if you’re in a cool location like Hawaii. There’ll be so much to see and talk about while you fish that you and the kids will have a blast together. Fishing is an activity that can bring the entire family together and help you have a wonderful time vacationing in Hawaii. Have a small fishing competition with your family to see who can catch the best and biggest fish, or maybe even the smallest! Make it fun for your family and you’ll be swarmed with happy laughter and wonderful memories.

Of course, if you have been struggling to get your child involved in fishing, check out this article from a few weeks ago. That particular blog post gives advice on to how to make fishing a fun activity for you and your child to do together no matter if you’re at home or visiting our great state of Hawaii.

Beautiful

Obviously, fishing in Hawaii is one of the most beautiful and stunning things you can experience in a lifetime. There are so many stunning vistas to look upon, and the sparkling water also makes fishing in Hawaii a memorable experience. The beauty of fishing in addition to the beauty of Hawaii makes this an optimal adventure no matter where you decide to go fishing in Hawaii. No matter where you go on Hawaii to fish, you’ll see the beautiful Pacific Ocean or the awe-striking mountains and volcanos that populate the Hawaiian Islands.

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Lots of Options

One of the best things about going fishing in Kona are all of the fishing options available. You can go fishing off the shore on the beach, or wade out to a reef and go fishing there. There’s also freshwater fishing along the rivers and reservoirs in Hawaii.  

Deep sea fishing is another great option that we highly recommend. If you go with us on the Kona Fishing Charters, you’ll have a blast seeing and catching fish you’d never be able to see on the shore. Plus you won’t have to worry, we’ll help you with any fishing problems you may have and take care of getting to the best fishing spots. Since our company is full of professionals who live in this beautiful state and know it well, we can guarantee to find you a great spot to fish in the Pacific Ocean when you book a trip with us.

Regulations

But before you decide to go fishing in Hawaii, make sure everything is legally right. Hawaii has many fishing regulations in order to conserve the population of fish. If you’re concerned about this, the best thing to do would be to go to the state of Hawaii’s website  and read up on their fishing regulations and rules. This website also has information on the licences and the permits you may need to acquire before going fishing in Hawaii.

We hope this convinces you to come out to Hawaii to fish with us on the Kona Fishing Charters. Hawaii is a beautiful and wonderful state full of the best fishing opportunities. There are amazing opportunities all year round to catch the best fish and you’ll have lots of fun attempting it. Even if you don’t go fishing the whole time, you will have a wonderful time doing so many other great activities on the Hawaiian islands. Book a trip with us on the Kona Fishing Charters. Call us at (808) 960-1424 to book your fishing trip with us on the Pacific Ocean.

How Did Ancient Hawaiians Fish?

How Did Ancient Hawaiians Fish?

Fishing in Hawaii is an ancient tradition with roots in many different indigenous cultures across the Hawaiian islands. Native Hawaiians depended on the ocean to provide them with food and fun. From working with a torch and spear to the fishing vessels we use today, fishing has always been a part of the Hawaiian islands.

In today’s Kona Fishing Charters blog post, we’ll discuss how ancient Hawaiians depended on the ocean for resources. Not only that, but we’ll also discuss how Ancient Hawaiians fished. Since we angle fairly differently today, we thought it’d be interesting to look at the differences between fishing that occurred in ancient Hawaii and today.

How Did Ancient Hawaiians Fish?

The ancient Hawaiians fished based on the phases of the moon. Keen astronomer (in a sense) Hawaiians understood that there was a relationship between the moon and the ocean. They could tell that the moon’s phases impacted fishing activities after observing the moon’s phases. Hawaiians used a variety of fishing techniques in order to catch fish to feed themselves and their families. Hook and line was a typical one used to catch sharks, octopus, and medium sized fish. The hooks could be made out of bone (human or animal), pearls, turtle shells, wood, or even ivory from a whale. And they were shaped into hooks by tools that were made up of stone or shells. But Hawaiians didn’t only make hooks, they also made artificial lures. Some of the most infamous lures were made up on cowrie shells and passed down through generations of Hawaiian fisherman.  Live bait was also used in order to lure fish onto the hook. Just like now, shrimp, fish, and crab meat was used to bait schools of fish to the hook.

Spears were another tool that Hawaiians often used in order to catch their fish. Spears were used typically in shallow water or on rocky ledges. Some Hawaiians even swam underwater and used a spear to catch rock fish. Spears were also used in conjunction with torches at night, the torch light attracted fish to the scene.

Traps were another common tool used by Hawaiians. These traps would look like baskets and were used to catch numerous smaller fish all at once. Women used these to trap shrimp in streams placing the baskets under natural debris like leaves and branches that shrimps would hide in.

The favorite fishing method of Hawaiians however was not any of the above. It was net fishing. Nets were easier for Hawaiians to use because it allowed them to grab many fish all at once in a variety of situations. Nets could also be used as a group, making one large net spread in a large body of shallow water near the shore.

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Nets could be made out of plant fibers or thick rope depending on what the fishermen were looking for. Interestingly enough, many times, fishing nets and lines were dyed in order to become less visible in the water. There is a red hibiscus plant called the Koki’o on Hawaii that produces a purple dye that makes the fishing lines and nets invisible to the fish.

Ancient Hawaiians also developed a unique type of aquaculture with “fish ponds” to supplement food during times where food was scarce. These “ponds”were made up of massive stone walls that surrounded enclosed inlets. The walls were curved and angled downwards with sluice gates built in. These gates allowed small fish to enter from the ocean but also prevented bigger fish from leaving. During high tide, more fish would enter, replenishing the food source.

The Culture of Ancient Hawaii – Ancient Hawaiians and the Ocean

Ancient Hawaiians had a spiritual connection to the ocean, and many modern Hawaiians still do. If you’ve visited before, or when you visit, you’ll feel the sense of protectiveness and giving that the ocean embodies here. The ocean gave Ancient Hawaiians protection and sustenance and Hawaiians respected the ocean for this. A successful fisherman was and still is a valued asset in the Hawaiian community. But there was more to this than just respect. Most Hawaiians believed that the spirits of their ancestors lived in the fish and other creatures in the Pacific Ocean. Each family had a connection to a particular kind of fish – if a family had a connection to sharks, for instance, they believed that the spirit of an ancestor could appear as a shark to them while out in the water. This shark wouldn’t hurt them but guide them to safety or chase fish into their nets. Not all sharks were their ancestor though, it just meant that their ancestor could ‘jump’ into any shark’s body to protect their descendant(s). But killing or eating a shark would be disrespectful to their ancestors so they would abstain from doing so, under worries that their ancestor might punish them with illness or death for doing so.

We hope you enjoyed this quick summary of Ancient Hawaiian beliefs and fishing habits. There’s more information online and after you go fishing with us at Hawaii, there are many museums dedicated to giving more information about Ancient Hawaiians. Call us at (808) 960-1424 for the best fishing in Kona Hawaii with us on the Kona Fishing Charters!

Why Catch and Release is Practiced

Why Catch and Release is Practiced

Many anglers practice catch and release when they’re out fishing. It’s becoming more popular to do so, and even encouraged with certain species of fish. However, you have to be careful when practicing catch and release. Although this practice is intended to keep the fish you catch alive, sometimes, if an angler isn’t careful, the fish could die still.

In today’s post we’ll explain both why anglers perform it and how to practice catch and release properly!

Why Anglers Practice Catch and Release

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Catch and release is a conservation practice that was developed to prevent fish from being over-harvested. Sports fishers have been practicing catch and release for a long time since most don’t need to keep their fish for food. The fun is typically in the fight and the resulting catch. Catch and release is used when there’s no need to keep a fish. If you’re not planning on eating your catch, it might be best to practice catch and release.

How to Practice Catch and Release Without Harming the Fish

Make sure you plan ahead before you go fishing. Even if you aren’t expecting to practice catch and release, it might be a good idea to come prepared anyways. Make sure to bring release/dehooking tools with you in your tacklebox. And keep appropriate tackle in your tacklebox. Use tackle that’s matched to the species you’re trying to catch. Also, try to use barbless hooks. Fish are more easily unhooked from hooks without barbs, making it easier for you to help them get off the hook. Another type of hook that would work well are circle hooks which hook fish in the mouth, allowing them to be easily released.

After you catch the fish, make sure you minimize the handling of the fish. The less touching the better. Although if you do touch the fish, wet your hands first thing, to help maintain the fish’s slime coat. Otherwise, the fish can get an infection since the slime coat is a layer of protection for the fish. Make sure to avoid touching the fish’s eyes and gills! And if you want to take a picture with your fish, try to hold it horizontally rather than vertically in order to prevent any issues. Lastly, don’t drop the fish!

When you’re using a dehooking device to release fish, make sure to handle the fish carefully. If you don’t have a dehooking device at your disposal, needle nose pliers will also allow you to properly remove a hook. To use needle nose pliers to remove a hook, you’ll need to back the hook out the way it entered, delicately.

But what should you do if you want to release a fish that’s been deeply hooked? Sometimes fish are so deeply hooked that if you tried to remove the hook, they’ll be damaged. In those cases, the best thing to do for the fish is to cut the line as close to hook as you possibly can. Quite often, the hooks will fall out of the mouth or even dissolve once the fish is released into the water.

If the fish looks tired, possibly after a long fight with an angler, you may need to revive the fish before releasing it back into the water. This is especially true if it looks like it’s having problems swimming in the livewell. To do this, when you’re placing it back in the water, you will need to pass water over its gills. Then move the fish forward with its mouth open. If it doesn’t swim away after this, you’ll need to try to revive it again. Once the fish is swimming on its own that’s when you know it will be fine.

At Kona Fishing Charters, we want you to have a wonderful time fishing. We will help you practice catch and release if you wish to use it with any of the cool fish you catch with us. We encourage our guests to practice it with any blue marlins that they may catch, however, if you choose not to do so, we can donate the blue marlin to local, Hawaiian charities. If you’d like to book a trip for Marlin fishing in Kona, call us at (808) 960-1424. We’ll ensure you’ll have a good time!

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

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  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

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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!