Trolling in Deep Sea Offshore Maui Waters for Wahoo (Ono) or Mahi Mahi, Bottom Fishing for Long-Tail Red Snapper or Moonfish
Book a Maui fishing boat to go trolling offshore or spend the day bottom fishing or plan a fishing trip that offers a combo deep sea fishing charter. There are a few different choices when booking a Maui offshore fishing charter. You can book a 4 hr, 6 hr or 8 hr fishing trip and go on a private, shared or group fishing charter.
Pacific Blue Marlin (Kajiki): 80 – 300 lbs; June – August
Striped Marlin (Nairagi): 35 – 120 lbs; December – May
Black Marlin (A’u): 200 – 400 lbs; year-round
Pacific Short-Nosed Spearfish (Hebi): 20 – 40 lbs; June – October
Broadbill Swordfish (Mekajiki): 100 – 300 lbs; January – May
Mahi-Mahi (Dolphin Fish, Dorado): 10 – 60 lbs; May – September
Wahoo (Ono): 15 – 60 lbs; May – October
Moonfish (Opah): 60 – 200 lbs; April – August
Sickle Pomfret (Monchong): 4 – 25 lbs; undefined seasonal trends
Yellowfin Tuna (Ahi): 30 – 300 lbs; May – September
Bigeye Tuna (Shibi): 2 – 200 lbs; October – April
Albacore Tuna (Tombo Ahi): 40 – 80 lbs; April – October
Skipjack Tuna (Aku): 4 – 30 lbs; April – September
Wavyback Bonita (Kawakawa): 3 – 20 lbs; year-round
Long-Tail Red Snapper (Onaga): 1 – 18 lbs; October – March
Pink Snapper (Opakapaka): 1 – 18 lbs; October – February
Blue-Green Snapper (Uku): 4 – 18 lbs; May – July
Sea Bass (Hapu`upu`u): 5 – 10 lbs; October – December, February – April
Amberjack (Kahala): 15 – 75 lbs; February – April
Giant Trevally (Ulua): 15 – 100 lbs; November – January
Maui Fishing Seasons
Maui’s four fishing seasons all have something to offer vacationing anglers.
Winter Season (December, January, February) – Bottom fishing tends to best during winter months than sport fishing. Also during the winter months the West and South side water conditions are calmer in the mornings making for the best opportunity to hook deep water big eye tuna when bottom fishing. Mahi mahi and striped marlin and the offshore sport fishing can still be good, during winter months it seems to be really on or really off, though fishing can feel like that pretty much year round.
Spring Season (March, April, May) – Spring is when the sport fishing starts bouncing back. This is also when there is the best balance between offshore or inshore fishing. By March shortbill spearfish, striped marlin and mahi mahi fishing is good as are shortbill spearfish. By April and May ono are back in play and this is also when the weather can be amazing with little wind and perfect temperatures.
Summer Season (June, July, August) – Trolling the waters of Maui for big game fish is best during the summer months. Summer fishing charters are when you are most likely to catch a big fish. 500 lb blue marlin and 100 lb yellowfin tuna are more likely to be caught during June, July and August.
Fall Season (September, October, November) – Fall fishing charters are best for big eye tuna and when bottom fishing is really great. When inshore fishing you can expect giant trevally (ulua) which can be as large as 100 lb the mackerel scad (opelu), big eyed scad (akule), young trevally (papio) and menpachi (u\’u). There is always the good chance to hook barracuda (kaku) which put up a fun fight.
ALL THE ABOVE INFO IS ONLY A GENERAL REFERENCE
Our advice is go the day and time that best fits your schedule and go on the type of fishing charter that caters to what you most want to experience.
IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT BOOKING A FISHING CHARTER IN MAUI: One of the things people are surprised to learn with Maui Fishing Charters is it is expected that the crew keeps the days catch, this can often be surprising to clients, mainly its at the captains discretion. Usually as the boat returns to shore the crew will clean and filet enough of the catch for a great meal for the clients and the crew keeps the remainder to sell or eat. The reason is the fishing charter prices in Maui are relative low compared to most places and what’s good about this policy for clients is the crew is more motivated to catch fish.