February 18 Kona Fishing Report
Kona has seen some very good Blue Marlin, striped Marlin, Spearfish and Mahi Mahi fishing this winter. The Spearfish and striped Marlin bite has been especially good this past week.
On one ofour most recent charters, Chuck Larson from Marrietta, Georgia and his friend Randy Randel from Dallas, Texas fished on HighNoon for the first time. Chuck has a long career of catching billfish and the only billfish he had not caught was the Hawaii Shortnose Spearfish. Chuck's one request was that we catch it on light tackle and release it. Our morning seemed exciting with 4 separate strikes but no hookups. About 1 pm, Chuck hit the jackpot as a nice 40 lb Spearfish hit the lightest pole we had out, a 25 lb outfit. For half an hour, Chuck fought this billfish and we finally got it to the boat where it was tagged and released. Ten minutes later, Randy hit a nice 45 lb Striped Marlin on standup 30 lb test gear and we again tagged and released this beautiful billfish for him. Two days earlier, we had a banner day. First, Steve Best from Austin Texas was first in the chair as a nice striped Marlin hit the baby blue lure on the stinger. After a 10 minute fight, we released this fish to fight another day. About 15 minutes later, we had a double striped Marlin strike. First, Robert Penna from Toronta, Canada brought a nice 50 lb striped Marlin into the boat. The second fish (caught by Don Varjassy from Calagry, Canada) came up to the boat where it was tagged and released. All in all, a great day for a great group of guys! Ealier this week, Jennifer from Oregon and a member of the US Coast Guard landed both a striped Marlin and a Spearfish. The day before, we caught a nice 25 lb Mahi Mahi which went on the grill for our clients.
About The Author: Captain Dee Bradford
Company: HighNoon Charters, Inc.
Area Reporting: Kona, Hawaii
Bio: Captain Dee Bradford is the owner and operator of the successful Kona charter boat, HighNoon. Capt. Dee enjoys showing first time anglers as well as the more experienced anglers the unique fishing techniques used here in Kona. "Fishing Kona Hawaii is something special and I will endeavor to make it one of your most treasured memories." HighNoon is one of the best values in Kona charter fishing.