"The Catch" Most of the fish listed below may be landed in Hawaiian waters. This list below shows information about our most common catches. Although most charters may not go after any specific type of fish, the captains might have a few favorites that they rig for to try and catch.
Au (Blue Marlin) and Striped Marlin
Found closer to land in Hawaii than most places due to the deep waters surrounding our islands. With the exception of shutome, billfish are harvested in the open ocean by the same fleets which land fresh tuna and they enter the same markets as tuna. Seasonality of species is evident, with Pacific blue marlin most available during the summer months, striped marlin most available in the spring and fall, and shortbill spearfish most available in the summer and fall. Shutome is predominant in spring and summer.
Mahi Mahi (Dolphin Fish)
Commonly known as dolphin fish (the fish, not the mammal), or dorado. When a Mahi Mahi takes the hook, its colors are brilliant blue and silver dappled with yellow. These fade quickly when the fish dies. Large aggregations of Mahi Mahi are common around flotsam drifting at sea and off buoys.
A close relative of the king mackerel. Unlike true mackerel, Ono rarely school, but groups may be found around fish aggregation buoys. Surface catches indicate that Ono associate with banks, pinnacles and flotsam. The usual size of the fish caught in Hawaii is 8 to 30 pounds in round weight.
Ahi (Yellow Fin Tuna)
Tuna caught off the Hawaiian Islands belong to stocks which migrate long distances across the Pacific Ocean, and availability in Hawaii waters is seasonal. Peak season for most tuna species is summer, but in contrast, the heaviest landings of big eye tuna occur in winter