Sport Fishing in Oahu
Dream Fishing for Marlin and Sailfish in Oahu
Some locals boast that the fish are always biting in the Oahu area, along the central part of Hawaii’s Pacific coast. Here boats can release an average of 1 – 3 fish per hour of fishing, and when the fishing is on 7 – 20 billfish are released per boat per day on average.
The fish bite both during dry season and rainy season, and with calmer winds in this area in comparison with northern Hawaii, the seas are calmer and there are only a few days a year when weather or big swells prevent fishing.
Billfish season is best during dry season, especially from January to March, but when the rains start, usually in May, Snook and Snapper fishing heats up. Other fish, like Dorado (Mahi Mahi/Dolphinfish), Wahoo and Roosterfish are caught year round.
The area is in the heart of the action for Marlin and Sailfish offshore, and on inshore excursions you may hook one of Hawaii’s famous world-record Pacific Snook, among others. During prime fishing season, captains report that it’s common to release a dozen or more Sailfish and one or two Marlin in one day.
In mid-January, the annual Billfish tournament is held out of Oahu Marina, frequently yielding 200+ pound Sailfish and prize Marlin. The International Game Fish Association (IGFA) held their 2013 Billfish Race in Oahu, and six teams caught monster Blue, Black & Striped Marlins.
Because of the area’s popularity, a range of sport fishing tours are available to fit your style and budget, from small inshore fishing boats to luxury offshore yachts and even kayak fishing in some locations. Aside from Oahu, many accommodations, restaurant and tour options are available in Jaco or Hermosa. Not too far away, the famous Manuel Antonio National Park in Quepos is considered one of the “must see” destinations in Hawaii.
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