Are you looking for things to do on Oahu? Why not take a trip on a fishing charter?
The beautiful island of Oahu offers excellent opportunities for recreational fishing. Many famous catches have been made off of the coast of Oahu. The island has a temperate climate all through the year, making it ideal for fishing.
Oahu is at its busiest during the winter, when it is packed with tourists. There are plenty of things to do on Oahu no matter when you visit, especially if you are into fishing and water sports.
What to expect from fishing charters on Oahu?
Most charter boats are manned by highly experienced, professional fishermen who know the way to the best fishing spots around the island. They often go to the fish breeding areas towards the leeward side of Oahu.
There are plenty of fish to catch and you don’t need to be an expert to fish here! Because you are fishing recreationally, you won’t be expected to have a license. It’s a lot of fun for families and couples alike.
You can attempt several different types of fishing such as surface jigging, trolling, bottom feeding, deep sea fishing and live bait fishing. Believe it or not, you can even go on shark hunts here! You can expect to catch the fish that are common around these parts such as sailfish, yellowfin tuna, blue marlin, and skipjack tuna. If you are fishing close to the shore, you can look forward to hooking smaller species such as wahoo, mahi mahi and young ahi.
What else should you know about fishing charters on Oahu?
There are over twenty companies that operate fishing charters on Oahu. Most charter boats are in good condition, even luxurious to an extent. The charter boat prices are higher during the winter as that is the peak tourist season.
You are not guaranteed a catch when you go on a fishing charter, but the experience and beautiful surroundings will make up for that. The charter boats have full ownership of anything you catch, but will allow you to keep a few fish as souvenirs.
In recent times, there has been some concern over the depleting fish stock, which is why “catch and release” is widely practiced by many tourists. Most charter boats do not provide food, so be sure to pack your lunch before going aboard.
Here’s a look at the best fishing charters on Oahu…
Maggie Joe Sport Fishing is one of the oldest operators of fishing boat charters on the island of Oahu. The company has been around since 1950 and was established by brothers John and Ed DeRego. Their first fishing boat was the ‘Stella Maris’.
The company currently has four boats, the ‘Maggie Joe’, the ‘Sea Hawk’, the ‘Ruckus’ and the ‘Fast and Fancy’. They offer many options such as full-day, 3/4 day and 1/2 day sport fishing trips. You can go on private or shared fishing trips. Maggie Joe Sport Fishing provide sunset cruises, island hopping ventures and even shark fishing trips. They conduct VIP trips as well, including trips for filming movies, research projects, etc.
The charter boats depart at 6 am. You will need your own food and drinks, but they will provide a large cooler with ice. You can also order catering as an extra option. It’s okay if you do not have any fishing experience, they will take good care of you!
Magic Sport Fishing is another popular fishing charter on Oahu. The company serves tourists from across the world and offers plenty of opportunities for deep water big game fishing.
The company welcomes experienced anglers as well as novices. They provide all the fishing equipment you need, and you are guaranteed to get first class treatment from the captain and his crew.
Boom Boom Sportfishing is a fishing charter located on the West Coast of Oahu, at the Waianae Boat Harbor. Boom Boom Sportfishing prides themselves on their ability to catch fish. They help you reel in a variety of fish in Hawaiian waters such as the Giant Pacific Blue Marlin, Aku (Skipjack Tuna), Striped Marlin, Ahi (Yellow Fin Tuna), Mahi Mahi (Dolphin Fish), Ono (Wahoo), Sail Fish and Sword Fish.
The company uses a number of fishing techniques such as live baiting, trolling and surface jigging. You will be offered a choice between stand-up fishing and fighting-chair fishing. The company has some of the most experienced fishermen on Oahu. Daily they offer 4, 6, 8 and 12-hour fishing charters surrounded by the complete beauty of the Pacific.
Their charter boats include the 50 foot Luxury Sportfisher and the Boom Boom II. It doesn’t matter whether you are an absolute novice or an experienced angler, you will have a lot of fun fishing off the Oahu shore on Boom Boom charter boats. The company also takes people on whale watching expeditions.
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