by admin kona | Feb 16, 2016 | Latest News
We will conclude our series of Kona Fish facts with ten awesome broadbill swordfish facts! “When you fish with us at Kona Fishing Charters, you will see and experience many kinds of amazing and wonderful fish from the Pacific Sailfish to the Mahimahi fish. We knew our readers might enjoy 10 amazing facts about each of these spectacular Kona fish that you’ll see with us at Kona Fishing Charters. Today’s blog article is dedicated to the Black Marlin, which you will hopefully see (and possibly even catch) when you fish with us at Kona Fishing Charters!”
Awesome Broadbill Swordfish Facts
1. The bill of the broadbill swordfish is longer compared to other billfishes. The body of a broadbill swordfish is fairly cylindrical. They have two dorsal fins, although the second is quite small. It’s also separated from the first dorsal fin and set far back on the body. The first dorsal fin is high and rigid. Likewise, there are two anal fins, although again the second is considerably smaller than the first. The broadbill swordfish has no pelvic fins. Another cool fact about the appearance of a Broadbill Swordfish is that upon reaching adulthood, the broadbill swordfish loses their teeth in their jaws! Another thing that is lost as a broadbill swordfish grows older are scales!
2. The broadbill swordfish lives all across the Pacific, Indian, and Atlantic Oceans no matter the climate and is a fairly migratory species. However, they often stick to Hawaii (so you should be able to catch one). They also primarily live in ocean depths of 650 to 1,970 feet, though it’s been observed swimming even deeper than that! How they do that is explained in fact five.
3. Swordfish feed at the surface mostly but they also tend to go deeper sometimes more than 2,100 feet! They, however, feed mostly upon pelagic fishes, and occasionally squids and other cephalopods. At lower depths they feed upon demersal fishes. The sword of the sworfish is not used to spear fish, but is still apparently used in obtaining prey, as squid and cuttlefishes commonly exhibit slashes to the body when taken from swordfish stomachs. It has been found the majority of large fish prey that swordfish feeds on had been slashed, while small prey items had been consumed whole. Baby (or larval) swordfish feed on other fish larvae and juvenile swordfish eat squid, fishes, and pelagic crustaceans.
4. Broadbill swordfish aren’t exempt from being preyed upon. The Predators of adult swordfish include marine mammals such as killer whales. Also younger broadbill swordfish are eaten by a variety of sharks and other large predatory fish including some of the fish we have covered previously: blue marlin, black marlin, sailfish, yellowfin tuna, and mahi mahi.
5. One of the reasons swordfish can go so deep in the ocean is because they have an adaptation which allows for swimming in such cold water. This adaption is the presence of a large bundle of tissue which insulates and warms the brain! This helps prevent rapid cooling and damage to the brain as a result of extreme vertical movements, allowing the swordfish to go much deeper into the ocean to escape predators or catch new prey.
6. Swordfish reach sexual maturity at 5-6 years of age, with a maximum lifespan of at least 9 years. Also, typically female swordfish grow larger and live longer than their male counterparts.
7. The IGFA all tackle record for broadbill swordfish is 1182 lb. and was caught by Louis Marron in Chile.
8. The broadbill swordfish has several names that it’s called by in Hawaii. It has TWO Hawaii Market Names which are mekajiki, shutome. Its Hawaiian Name is A`u and the Japanese Name it’s sometimes called by here is Mekajiki.
9. The broadbill swordfish is actually the sole member of their scientific family which is known as Xiphiidae.
10. All Hawaii broadbill swordfish are line-caught. And most of the time it’s the longline boats that are fishing fairly far away from any Hawaiian islands that are making the majority of the catches. Broadbill swordfish are only sometimes caught in other ways such as handlines and trollers.
The broadbill swordfish is truly an awesome fish that you should learn more about when you come fishing with us out on the beautiful Pacific at Kona Fishing Charters.
And that concludes our spotlight series on Kona fish! We hope you enjoyed learning about all the fish you might see when you come out on the Pacific Ocean with us. We’ll always tell you some cool facts when you come out with us, no matter what you’re interested in. Call us at (808) 960-1424 to learn more about deep sea fishing on the Kona Fishing Charters & book your fishing trip!
by admin kona | Jan 9, 2016 | Latest News
When you fish with us at Kona Fishing Charters, you will see and experience many kinds of amazing and wonderful fish from the Pacific Sailfish to the Mahimahi fish off our Kona coast. We knew our readers might enjoy 10 cool facts about each of these spectacular Kona fish that you’ll see with us at Kona Fishing Charters. Today’s blog article is dedicated to the varieties of spearfish there are, specifically focusing on the Shortbill Spearfish which is native to Kona, which you will hopefully see (and possibly even catch) when you fish with us at Kona Fishing Charters!
Ten Amazing Facts about Spearfish
1. The spearfish that is known best off the Kona coast is the Shortbill Spearfish. It’s also called the Hebi in the Hawaiian fish marketplace. The dorsal fin of the Shortbill Spearfish is shorter than that of other billfish species. The shortbill spearfish is known in the Pacific and Indian Oceans. It is caught year round off the Kona coast, one of the few areas where the spearfish is consistently caught.
2. The weight and size of the Kona fish is fairly large. The largest recorded shortbill spearfish weighed 74 pounds and 12 ounces and this species can reach a length of 91 inches, though most do not exceed 75 inches. However, the average weight of the spearfish caught off the Kona coast is 40 pounds.
3. Spearfish are pelagic, offshore, deep-water fish. Spearfish are typically available all year-round in small numbers off the coast of Hawaii and other Pacific locales.
4. The Pacific Shortbill Spearfish can be distinguished from other billfish by its slender, lightweight body. It, of course, also has a short bill, as well as a dorsal fin that is higher than in marlin and lower than in the sailfish. The bill of the shortbill spearfish is barely longer than its lower jaw, whereas the longbill spearfish has a bill that is about twice as long as its lower jaw. However, it is still noticeably short when compared to that in other billfish. The dorsal fin is bright blue and has no spots. The vertical bars on the body are never as prominent as in other billfish and may show only slightly or not at all.
5. The spearfish live in varied places across the world. Shortbill spearfish live in the Pacific and Indian oceans. Mediterranean spearfish live only in the Mediterranean. Roundscale spearfish live in the eastern Atlantic and the western Mediterranean, around Portugal and Spain, and closely resemble white marlin. Longbill spearfish live in the northwest, central and south Atlantic.
6. Available data indicates that the spearfish matures by the age of two and rarely lives past three years of age. Maximum age may be four to five years, but scientists are unsure.
7. The International Game Fish Association realizes that there is a difference amongst spearfish species and they plan on recognizing the distinction formally at some point. “We’re not opposed to it,” the President of IGFA says referring to the idea of splitting the categories.
8. Shortbill spearfish are caught year around off the Kona coast. Kona is one of the few areas that the acrobatic spearfish are consistently caught. Anglers trying to catch all types of billfish eventually come to Kona to catch the spearfish. This is because nearly all of the light tackle and fly fishing records for spearfish have been caught off the Kona coast.
9. Although the different spearfish live in different oceans from the Atlantic to the Pacific, they are not abundant in any one location and are rarely caught anywhere except Hawaii and the Mediterranean. This makes Spearfish difficult to catch. Their population levels are lower than most other fish in their genus and they swim deep underwater, far away from the surface.
10. Since they swim so far underneath the surface, all Hawaii spearfish are line-caught. Longline boats harvest most of the spearfish catch in Hawaii. However, spearfish are also caught by trollers using lures and baits.
There are even more amazing facts about spearfish. When you come fishing with us out on the beautiful Pacific at Kona Fishing Charters, we’ll answer your questions about all the different types of spearfish (or any other Kona fish) as best we can. But there’s nothing like seeing spearfish for yourself, especially once you hook one and bring it aboard the boat!
Next time in our series of Kona fish facts, we’ll give you some interesting facts about the Broadbill Swordfish, another Kona fish you will probably see when you come out to fish with us at Kona Fishing Charters! Call us at (808) 960-1424 to book your fishing trip!
by admin kona | Dec 3, 2015 | Latest News
11 Awesome Things to Do in Hawaii
The state of Hawaii is arguably one of the most beautiful states in the United States. It has diverse natural scenery that’s populated with forests, mountains, volcanoes, and beautiful beaches. Its warm climate makes it a great place to vacation all year round. And even if it’s winter back home, you’ll be able to tan in Hawaii. There are eight main islands in Hawaii, although there are also many other smaller islands. The big eight are “Niʻihau, Kauaʻi, Oʻahu, Molokaʻi, Lānaʻi, Kahoʻolawe, Maui and the Island of Hawaiʻi. The last is the largest island in the group; it is often called the “Big Island”. Each of these islands has a variety of entertaining, awesome activities that can please every kind of person. If you come to Hawaii, you’ll have fun.
Obviously, one of the best things you can do in Hawaii is to go fishing. And there are so many different ways you can fish in Hawaii. There are natural streams, you could fish off the shore or on a beach or pier, or you could book a charter with us and go deep sea fishing. All fishing experiences are fun (although we believe deep sea fishing is the most fun).
Of course, one of the most wonderful things about Hawaii are the beaches. They’re idyllic looking, with white sand, beautiful cerulean water, and the warm golden sun hanging overhead. You can surf, swim, lay out and tan, or build sandcastles with your kids on all the different beaches. With so many beaches options you can pick the one that best suites your mood or interests, especially if you’re interested in a certain type of sport like surfing.
Another great activity to do in the beautiful Pacific is snorkeling! There are so many beautiful creatures to see in the Hawaiian waters such as the Green Hawaiian Sea Turtle and snorkeling provides an opportunity for you to see many animals in their natural habitat. Depending on when and where you go, you may be able to see Dolphins or whales or beautiful coral reefs.
Another awesome opportunity to see some of the beautiful animals that populate Hawaii is to go on a whale watching tour. It’s a magical experience that allows you to get fairly close to North Pacific Humpback Whales as they migrate gracefully to the Hawaiian waters, breaching the surface like a dancer.
Many people come to Hawaii for the beautiful golf courses that are available. There are plenty of wonderful public and private golf courses that work with golfers at any level, whether it’s their first time golfing or if they’re professional level. The beautiful views of the mountains, ocean, and forest is an indescribable golfing experience.
Drive Along the Highways
You can find some beautiful views just driving down the highway in Hawaii. Pack up your car or rental, roll down the windows, and you’ll be ready to experience and see the most beautiful views. The Hana Highway in particular (Highway 36 and Highway 360) is an adventurous drive with a lot of one way bridges, a lot of curves, and a whole lot of fun.
There are plenty of cool stops along the highway including the Puaa Kaa State Wayside Park, the Kahanu Garden, and the Haleakala National Park.
There are more beautiful national parks than the ones mentioned above and all of them are fun to hike. Depending on what you’d like to see, there’s a view and experience for everyone, with tropical valleys, beautiful oceans to look over, dramatic mountains that make you feel like you’re in a fantasy world or at least a paradise. There are also paths where you can hike up a volcano such as the Mt. Haleaka which is a dormant volcano located on Maui, that has beautifully diverse views. In some places you can see tropical waterfalls, or a bamboo forest. On Oahu there’s the Makapu’pu Lighthouse Trail that sees over the oceans and allows you to see cool historical lighthouses. No matter what island you’re staying on, you’ll find be able to find a beautiful hiking trail.
After hiking on a dormant volcano, watching whales, deep sea fishing, and traipsing through a bamboo forest, you’ll probably need some rest and relaxation. And Hawaii has plenty of spas that can help you do just that. These spas allow you to rejuvenate and unwind so you’ll be ready to go swimming or hiking or just to help you go back to the daily grind.
If you need more ideas about what to do in Hawaii, this website has many different ideas for your Hawaiian vacation. Just remember that one of the best things you can do while you visit Hawaii is to book a charter with us at Kona Fishing Charters. We’ll guarantee that you’ll have a wonderful time. Call us at (808) 960-1424 to book your trip!
by admin kona | Nov 27, 2015 | Latest News
Now that Thanksgiving is over, you might be interested in learning about some recipes that DON’T involved turkey… like fish.
So imagine that you’ve been on your wonderful Hawaiian vacation, and you’ve caught some delicious Hawaiian fish while fishing with us on the Kona Fishing Charters! What should you do next with this appetizing fish?
You should cook it of course! Hawaiian recipes are full of historical significance and delicious fish. The fish you’ve been catching in the Hawaiian waters have almost always been featured in the islands’ meals. Some Hawaiian recipes are still prepared the same way ancient Hawaiians did, including grilling fish over a fire until it’s brown and crispy or steaming white fish in banana leaves.
But you don’t know any Hawaiian recipes for your delicious Hawaiian fish? Or even what kind of flavors and delicacies a traditional Hawaiian meal would embrace and include? Well, one of the most wonderful things about Hawaiian recipes is that they are a combination of a lot of cultures, due to the amount of immigration that has occurred here, so a lot of different types of spices are used by recipes. These ingredients and spices include everything from miso and sake to ginger and cilantro to mango and pineapple – Hawaiians have a diverse palate. The meals here are also usually full of fresh produce all from the Hawaiian islands including tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms, and herbs. Local ingredients and delicious seafood from the waters in Hawaii are the highlights of Hawaiian cooking and meals. And since you have access to the Hawaiian fish, whether by catching it yourself or going to a local market, you’ll be able to create some delicious recipes all with local Hawaiian ingredients. If you’re interested in knowing more about Hawaiian recipes, this website has a lot of interesting and delectable recipes.
How To Cook Hawaiian Fish
So you caught an opah fish, or you decided to purchase one at a local Hawaiian fish market. How do you cook this Hawaiian fish?
Well, first thing, only about a third of this flaky, white fish is usable, since most of the fish is the head. There are many ways you can cook it, from glazing it with pineapple and pepper, to serving it plain with salt and a salad. The crust on this fish allows it to retain its natural moisture easily making it hard for the fish to become dry. The opah fish is a fatty and bold tasting fish that goes well with other bold flavors like chili peppers.
While we discourage our guests from taking marlin with them after they catch them on the Kona Fishing Charters, specifically blue marlin, you can purchase striped marlin (Nairagi) at local Hawaiian markets. This particular species of marlin is one of the most delicious and popular species of marlin for eating. As you can imagine, since the striped marlin is a sports fish, it’s typically caught by longline boats (sometimes trolling boats) and range between 40-100 pounds. Since it’s mild flavored, this fish is typically best cooked using mild flavors such as olive oil, salt, and a fresh green salad.
The ahi tuna fish in Hawaii is full of varieties from yellowfin and skipjack to bigeye and albacore. If you catch or purchase the bigeye ahi tuna, you’ll have access to one of the richest flavored fish. Because of this mild, yet rich flavored tuna, you won’t need to add too much of your own flavor to it. Using seaweed and sesame seeds is your best bet along. A dash of chile pepper might also work but don’t use too much if you decide to use this ingredient, or something like it, you won’t need too much of its flavor. The ahi bigeye tuna fish can “sell itself” because of how rich and mild it is.
If you come with us on the Kona Fishing Charters, we can tell you about some of our favorite uses of the local Hawaiian fish as well as the recipes that we think embody the typical (and traditional!) Hawaiian cuisine. And if you catch a fish with us on the Kona Fishing Charters that you’d like to cook remember to check out the website we mentioned above. You might be able to find the perfect Hawaiian recipe for the fish you caught, whether you caught a Mahimahi, a yellowskip ahi tuna, or an opah. Book your Kona fishing charter on the Kona Fishing Charters, and you’ll have a fantastic time, catching some of the beautiful (and absolutely delicious) fish that lurk in the Hawaiian waters.
by admin kona | Nov 19, 2015 | Latest News
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
by admin kona | Nov 12, 2015 | Latest News
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.
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!