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Blue Marlin The Blue Marlin is highly prized by sport fishers as they put up a great fight when hooked, leading to a battle between human and fish to bring in the Marlin. Blue Marlin are challenging for even those most accomplished at offshore sport fishing and are avidly sought after when we head out. Blue Marlin are commonly caught in the size range of 200 – 700lbs, however every year one or more is caught that weighs in at more than 1000lbs+ (Grander). The largest Blue Marlin caught in Hawaii weighed in at 1807lbs, while the All Tackle world record stands at 1376 lbs. Kona is considered the Blue Marlin Capital of the World, as we not only hold the World Records, but more 1000lb Blues have been caught here than any other game fishing destination in the World

Grilled Marlin with Mango Pineapple Salsa
Island Mango Marlin
Marlin & Pineapple Kabobs

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Black Marlin The Black Marlin is also highly prized by sport fishers as they also put up a great fight when hooked. These are some of the largest bony fish in the ocean exceeding 15 feet in length and weighing in excess of 1600 lbs. These fish are very strong and very fast with speeds up to 80 miles per hour! This fish will put your endurance to the ultimate test to win the battle. Black Marlin are caught a little more often than occasionally, but no where close to the catch number of the Blue and Striped Marlins.


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Striped Marlin Caught year round off the Kona Coast (but more frequently in the early summer months), the Striped Marlin are much smaller than their cousins the Blue and Black Marlin. The Striped Marlin is visually stunning, with vertical blue stripes on the sides which appear vibrant when it is excited or during the fight. It also has a pointed, high dorsal fin, which makes it easy to identify. Striped Marlin also usually hunt together (3 – 10 fish), so it is quite often that boats will have a “double” or “triple” Striped Marlin hookups at the same time. Striped Marlin caught in Hawaii usually weigh between 100lbs and 200lbs.


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Spearfish (Shortbill) This species is considered the most rare of all billfish in t the ocean, but they are Caught year-round off the Kona Coast. In fact, Kona is one of the few lucky areas in the entire world that these acrobatic fish are consistently caught. Many anglers from around the world will come to Kona just to try and land this fish. Virtually all of the light tackle and fly fishing records for spearfish have been caught off the Kona Coast. The average weight of the spearfish is around 40lbs.


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Pacific Sailfish An incredible fish, which is highly prized by anglers because of the fight it puts up once hooked, the Sailfish is characterized by the massive leaps and jumps that it makes when being landed. Easily identified by a massive dorsal fin, sports fishers have long sought out this fish and landing a Sailfish leads to many, many stories told by the lucky angler. Pacific Sailfish are caught occasionally on the Kona Coast, and primarily in the Summer months. These are absolutely beautiful and are usually in the size range of 80 – 125lbs. The existing World Record is 221 lbs.


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Swordfish An incredible fish that is caught regularly by long liners and only occasionally by sport fishers off the Kona Coast. These fish are caught in the Spring and Summer months and usually at night. The broadbill grows to more than 1000 lbs, however, most of the broadbill caught or tagged and released off the Kona coast average 200 – 350 lbs.


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Yellowfin Tuna Highly prized for flavorful meat – excellent both in sashimi and cooked – as well as the fight when hooked and being landed by the angler. Considered one of the absolute strongest fish, pound for pound in the ocean, Yellowfin is often sought after by those on our charters. One can easily identify Ahi by the dual dorsal fins and bright yellow fin-lets along the spine of the fish. Ahi on the island is usually reserved for those fish that are 100lbs or more in weight. All Yellowfin under 100lbs are commonly referred to as “Shibis”. Yellowfin “Ahi” Tuna are often caught in the size range between 100 – 250lbs, however many have been caught over 300lbs.

Ahi Shoyu Poke
Maui Ahi Poke
Hawaiian Poke
Maui Onion Crusted Ahi
Grilled Ahi With Asian Vinaigrette and Straw Potatoes
Sesame Ginger Ahi
Grilled Lime Cilantro Ahi with Honey Glaze
Poisson Cru or E'ia Ota (Tahitian Lime-Marinated Tuna)
Seared Tuna with Lavendar Pepper Crust
Hawaiian Tuna Burgers with Maui Wowee Salsa
Island Ahi Burgers with Cilantro Chile Lime

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Big Eye Tuna Highly prized for flavorful meat – excellent both in sashimi and cooked – as well as prized for the fight when hooked and being landed by the angler. Considered one of the absolute strongest fish, pound for pound in the ocean, Big Eye Tuna is often sought after by those on our charters. Unlike its cousin the Yellowfin, this fish usually stays in deeper colder waters and rarely comes up to the surface.

Ahi Shoyu Poke
Maui Ahi Poke
Hawaiian Poke
Maui Onion Crusted Ahi
Grilled Ahi With Asian Vinaigrette and Straw Potatoes
Sesame Ginger Tuna
Grilled Lime Cilantro Ahi with Honey Glaze
Poisson Cru or E'ia Ota (Tahitian Lime-Marinated Tuna)
Seared Tuna with Lavendar Pepper Crust
Hawaiian Tuna Burgers with Maui Wowee Salsa
Island Ahi Burgers with Cilantro Chile Lime

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Skipjack Tuna Difficult to land because of the soft tissues that surround their jaws, Skipjack put up a moderate fight. Their flesh is oily and dark, appealing to those who like the taste of mackerel. Aku are the smallest of Kona’s tuna’s, and usually weigh less than 10lbs. However, skipjack when full grown can weigh more than 35lbs.


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Mahi Mahi (Bull) A colorful fish (bright blue, green & yellow) that is caught year round in Kona, easily identified by the hump on the head. Mahi Mahi is prized for its flesh, which makes for excellent eating. For many people, Mahi Mahi is the fish most closely associated with Hawaii, as it features prominently in the local cuisine. Most Mahi Mahi that are caught will range in size between 15lbs and 50lbs, however Mahi Mahi are caught every year in these waters weighing in at more than 70lbs+. World Record is 87 lbs. Very acrobatic fish when hooked!

Macadamia Nut Mahi Mahi
Honey-Macadamia Mahi Mahi with Pineapple Salsa
Honey Sesame Mahi Mahi
Mahi Mahi “Maui Style”
Polynesian Mahi Mahi
Cajun Mahi with Fruit Salsa
Crimini-Shingled Mahi Mahi With Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Grilled Mahi Mahi W/Wild Rice and Creamy Red Wine Sauce
Mahi Mahi With Potato Risotto and Mixed Peppercorn Sauce
Mahi Mahi with Brown Sugar Glaze

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Wahoo Caught off the Kona Coast year round and usually hooked through trolling technique (jet lures) in 40-60 fathoms of water. Ono are related to mackerel but do not school. Ono is one of the fastest of all fish, said to reach speeds of up to 60 miles per hour. Wahoo are characterized by a slender and tube-like face and mouth, they also have a slender and long body shape. Most Ono that are caught will range in size from 20lbs – 80lbs, while some lucky anglers will hook into the prized Ono that grow to more than 100lbs+. Fun to catch, and great to eat.

Grilled Lime Cilantro Ahi with Honey Glaze

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Opah Hawaiian Opah! Strong open water pelagic fish that can range in size from 60 to over 200 pounds and is usually found in the company of tuna and billfish. Also known as moonfish, it has a high oil content, even higher than salmon, which makes it perfect for any number of cooking preparations grilling, baking, sautéing, or a medium sear. You decide! It also works in a ceviche of your choice. Opah has a natural sweet flavor and maintains a firm nature through cooking. Because the oil is sweet and silky, it pairs well with any sweet sauce or dressing. Opah is one of the most fantastic diverse and interesting species in the world. Hawaiian Opah are unique for its bright red and orange meat color.