What a treat for the Colton family. Under the great team of Captain Tony and Carlton “The Teacher” our charter hooked three Blue Marlin and landed two. Exciting for all on board. The team released one, one released itself ( Good for him ) and one was kept for smoking. Memories are made for a lifetime when you experience the calm, beautiful waters off the Kona coast.
FIshing to many is getting a worm, baiting a hook, sitting on a dock, getting bored and then deciding a swim is much more fun. We would like to let you experience fishing like you have never imagined. This is done by booking a trip on the Kona Fishing Charters luxury vessels.
Our real desire is to create MEMORIES for a lifetime. When you get back to shore after spending time with us you will tell your friends and family what a great experience you had. Starting with meeting our friendly and competent crew. Next you stepped onto a beautiful boat that was clean, comfortable and spacious. As the boat left the harbor you were given a lesson on the proper way to use a fighting chair as well as visiting the captains bridge to see how we navigate our crystal clear waters.
Throughout the day you will see volcanoes, dolphins, flying fish, whales in season, and hopefully the island of Maui. You can get a history lesson on the native Hawaiians while relaxing waiting for the big fish to take our lures. Yes, we even hope that your memories include catching and releasing the Blue Marlin regarded as the most exciting sportfish in the ocean. Along the way your memories may include catching dinner for you and your family. That includes the delicious Ahi Tuna, Mahi Mahi and Ono. You can relax in our air conditioned salon or hang out on the top deck letting the warm sea breeze add to your enjoyment.
As you step off our boat at the end of the day we bid you farewell with a big Mahalo for allowing us to become part of your Hawaii memories.
Imagine what is possible in paradise. Everyone knows the beauty of the landscape: dramatic waterfalls, towering volcanoes, incredible sunsets, luas on the beach, breaching whales, surfing waves and flowering trees.
On the big island you can go back in time and experience all that plus how the land looked as it was being formed from massive lava flows. If you have not visited the Kona coastline you are missing a real treat. As you troll along with us in our first class vessels you will experience the lava flows as the explorers did centuries ago. Also, you may be fortunate enough to catch dinner just like the native Hawiians. Get up at sunrise, jump on Mauna Kea or Mauna Loa, and be back to your lodging in time for afternoon drinks on the beach. We look forward to your visit. We will not disappoint.
As the mainland moves toward winter weather we once again enjoy the warm sunshine, beautiful waters and plentiful fishing off the Kona Coast.
Since our waters are protected and deep sea fishing is always turned on we look forward to more visitors taking advantage of the ultimate outing. Our Kona Fishing fleet is ready for your visit. You will never experience a finer crew and better appointed vessel. Humpback whales we will be entering our water by mid December and seeing one of these magnificent mammals is likely. We look forward to being your host in the future.
Sharks have been a hot topic this summer – they were spotted all along the coastlines of the United States, especially alongside the east coast. Because of the recent news about sharks, we thought it’d be interesting to compile a list of shark facts – and discuss the species of sharks you might see here in Hawaii. We may be a few weeks late for Shark Week but it should be fun to see if you have learned anything new about humanity’s favorite carnivore.
10 Awesome Shark Facts!
- There are about 40 different species of sharks around the Hawaiian islands – most absolutely harmless to humans! One species of shark is only 8 inches long while another species can grow to be over 50 feet! The four most common sharks seen in Hawaii are the sandbar shark, the white-tip reef shark, the scalloped hammerhead, and the tiger shark (which isn’t as common as the other three).
- Sharks respond to a sound in the water that let’s them know an injured fish is nearby. This is an infrasonic sound that injured fish make, drawing sharks to an easy meal.
- Most shark species can be found in open water, allowing them plenty of space to swim and an abundance of fish to eat, although some are still found closer to shore looking for other types of prey.
- Sharks can generate up to 40,000 pounds per square inch of pressure in a single bite. That’s enough to chomp off a limb of an animal.
- Pygmy sharks are among the tiniest sharks in the world. They measure an average of 8 inches (20 centimeters) in length and can make their own light.
- Sharks can actually tan, although it’s not for beauty alone! Some hammerheads tan near the ocean’s surface. The darkening of their skin helps them establish better camouflage which allows them to catch more prey.
- There is actually a way to track tiger sharks in Hawaii here. The tracking has helped scientists realize that tiger sharks occupy a large range of territory in the Hawaiian islands, instead of just sticking to a particular place or area.
- It was only just recently discovered that sharks can live inside active, underwater volcanoes which is one of the coolest things ever. Recently, ocean engineer Brennan Phillips led a team of researchers to the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific to investigate the hydrothermal activity – exploring a volcano that was buried in the ocean in layman’s terms. What he discovered there was astounding – sharks, stingrays, and other large creatures were all living inside an active underwater volcano.
- Sharks are an important part of Hawaiian culture. Sharks have provided the people of Hawaii with tools for a long time. Shark teeth were used as knives while shark skins were used for hula drums. Sharks, however, weren’t just used for practical purposes. They also played a large role in Hawaiian spirituality. Some sharks were considered equal to Hawaiian royalty (ali’i). If a family member died, it was sometimes believed they could be reincarnated into a shark and this shark would become their guardian spirit and protector. Also, at least nine Hawaiian gods are associated with sharks: Kamohoali’i, Kua, Kuhaimoana, Kawelomahamahai’a, Kane’apua, Kaholia-Kane, Ka’ahupahau, Keali’ikau o Ka’u and Kaehuikimano o Pu’uloa.
- Electroreception allows sharks to notice changes in saltwater electricity conduction. Blood changes conductivity and sharks can smell it in the water. This is why people say that you’ll attract sharks if you’re bleeding in the water. Because they can smell that something is injured. Even though they don’t aim for human prey, they sometimes make a mistake. Still, shark attacks are very rare, just stay alert and be careful.
- Omnivores or Carnivores? All shark species only eat meat which makes them carnivores. However, sometimes it seems as if some species of shark eat more than meat. That’s because certain species of shark, including the tiger shark, often eat anything in its path including trash. They derive no healthy benefit from this, only from eating meat.
If you want to test your knowledge about sharks the state of Hawaii has a quiz available for you to take. So go on, see if you know your stuff after reading this post. Perhaps you’ll learn something else.
You’ll learn plenty on the Kona Fishing Charters fishing charters when you come out to fish with us. We can tell you about sharks and the fish they eat while you catch your own meal. Call us at (808) 960-1424 to book your fishing trip!
If you are new to the art of angling, fishing terminology can seem almost like an entirely new language, overwhelming and exhausting any novice angler. However, you should not worry, because the vocabulary within fishing isn’t overwhelming or exhausting. In fact, the fishing terminology is quite simple, and once it’s explained, it makes a lot of sense to even the most novice of anglers. We hope this guide helps you learn the fishing terminology so you’ll feel excited about your fishing trips. We hope you join us on the Kona Fishing Charters. Call us at (808) 960-1424 to book your fishing trip out on the beautiful Hawaiian waters.
FISHING TERMINOLOGY GUIDE
Angler/angling: An angler is a person who goes fishing with a hook and line. Angling is the act of fishing with a hook and line.
Bait: Something used to lure in fish. Can be live or artificial.
Bait casting: Fishing with a revolving spool reel and bait casting rod. The reel is mounted on the topside of the rod.
Barb: It’s a pointed part of a fish hook that projects backwards in order to prevent a fish from coming unhooked.
Bobber: Is a device that “bobs” or floats on the water. It’s attached to a fishing line and used to keep bait off the bottom of the water. Can also be called a float.
Catch and release: Instead of keeping the fish, an angler returns the fish to the water quickly after catching it.
Chum: Cut or ground bait that is dumped in the water to attract fish to the area where you’re fishing.
Deep Sea Fishing: We’ve covered this definition in-depth in a previous blog, but, essentially, deep sea fishing is a form of angling that requires deep waters and usually takes place further away from land. Is also called offshore boat fishing, sport fishing, and big game fishing.
Dry Fly: Dry flies are artificial flies that are used on the surface of the water.
Flies: A lure dressed with hair, feathers, or other synthetic materials that are tied to hooks and are made to resemble insects or fish. Used as bait.
Fly-fishing: It’s a technique where the weight of the fishing line is used to cast a very lightweight fly. This fly wouldn’t be heavy enough for typical spinning or casting rods.
Jigs/jigging: These are lures with a fixed hook and weighted hook often dressed with fur or other synthetics like a plastic body/tail. Jigging is a technique in which the jig is moved up and down frequently.
Leader: A leader connects a fishing line to the hook. It’s made up of monofilament, wire, or other material and is tied between the end of the line and the hook or lure.
Livewell: Compartment in a boat that holds water, used to keep caught fish alive.
Lures: Artificial bait that look like live bait.
Offshore Fishing: Fishing done on the ocean away from shore. Synonymous with deep-sea fishing.
Plugs: A type of lure made of wood, plastic or rubber and designed to imitate live bait. Can float or sink.
Reel: A device that for winding, casting, etc. that is attached to a fishing rod.
Rod: It’s the pole of a fishing pole – can come in various sizes and strengths.
Sinker: Weights used to prevent lures from floating in the water.
Spin Fishing: It’s a fishing technique where a spinning lure is used. Also the spin fishing rod doesn’t have a trigger attached the base of the fishing rod differentiating it from the bait casting or fly fishing rod.
Strike: A sharp pull on the fishing line signaling that a fish attempting to take the lure or bait. Synonymous with the term “hit” in angling.
Tackle: Refers to fishing equipment used when an angler goes fishing.
Trolling: Fishing from a moving boat. You cast the bait behind the boat while the boat moves forward at a slow speed. Another way of trolling is to do something called back-trolling where you do the same thing but the boat motor is turned in reverse allowing the driver to make turns or changes easily. Typically, live baits are used for this type of fishing.
We hope this gives you a basic idea of the kind of fishing terminology you will hear when you go fishing. Be an angler and have fun using this vocabulary while you’re trolling or deep sea fishing. We hope you will have the time of your life fishing in the gorgeous Kona waters, and come out fishing with us on the Kona Fishing Charters. Call us at (808) 960-1424 to book your fishing trip!