Fishing is fantastic year-round in Hawai‘i. Some months do tend to be better than others for certain types of fish. When you choose a boat charter, your captain will offer the best advice as to what’s currently running and where around the islands.
Most deep sea fishing boats target big game fish such as blue marlin (a‘u), tuna (ahi, aku and kawakawa), mackerel (ono) and dolphin-dorado (mahi mahi). Maui’s sport fishers will usually troll artificial lures to cover a lot of ocean ground, but they also carry live bait. Bottom fishing boats will take you to find Hawaii’s famous snappers (onaga or red, opakapaka or pink), goat fish, trevally (ulua), trigger fish, barracuda and other reef fish.
Fishing charters on Maui can be either private or share. A private charter is just that—only you and your party will be on board. A share charter is when you split the cost of the fishing charter with other people you don’t usually know—there are from four to six passengers on a share boat. No fishing license is required, but you may need to bring food and beverages; the boat provides fishing equipment, bait and ice. Bottom fishing boats let you keep your catch, while on big game fishing boats, it’s customary to leave the catch with the captain and crew. You cannot sell your sport catch in Hawai‘i, but the charter can arrange to have your fish mounted. The best Maui boats are modern sportfishers with first class amenities, so whether you’re a veteran sport fisherman or a novice angler, Maui’s waters will give you an experience to remember.