The blue marlin is the ultimate challenge in big game fishing. Kona holds the official all-tackle world record at 1,376 pounds. Kona is the only place in the world where blue marlin are caught daily, all year long. Kona has also produced more blue marlin over 1,000 pounds than any other game fishing destination in the world.
The black marlin is a species of marlin found in tropical and subtropical areas of the Indian and Pacific Oceans. With a maximum published length of 15.3 ft and weight of 1,650 lbs it is one of the largest marlins and also one of the largest bony fish. This marlin is one of the fastest fish, with speeds of up to 80 mph as estimated from the speed that hooked marlins are able to unwind fishing line. Black marlin are a highly prized game fish.
Caught year round off the Kona coast. The Striped Marlin are much smaller than their cousins, the blue and black Marlin. The average size of a Striped Marlin in Kona is less than 120 pounds. These fish travel in groups of three to ten fish, and at times will strike all of the lures in a pattern. This is extremely exciting to experience three or four marlin performing behind your boat.
Caught occasionally off the Kona coast, primarily in the summer months. These exciting acrobatic fish are fun to catch. The average weight of sailfish in Kona is under 100 pounds. The existing world record is 221 pounds.
Caught year around off the Kona coast. Kona is one of the few areas that the acrobatic spearfish are consistently caught. Anglers trying to catch all types of billfish eventually come to Kona to catch the spearfish. Virtually all of the light tackle and fly fishing records for spearfish have been caught off the Kona coast. The average weight of the spearfish caught off Kona is 40 pounds.
Caught occasionally off the Kona coast in the spring and summer months and usually at night. The broadbill grows to more than 1,000 pounds; however most of the broadbill caught or tagged and released off the Kona coast average 250 pounds.
Caught year around off the Kona coast. Found worldwide in tropical and warm temperate seas. The Mahi Mahi is pelagic, schooling and migratory. This is one of the most colorful fish in the ocean, displaying bright blue, green and yellows. They are very acrobatic when hooked. They are exciting fish to catch and great to eat . World record is 87 pounds, average weight in Kona is 20 to 25 pounds.
Caught off the Kona coast year round. Found worldwide in tropical and warm temperate seas. The Ono is one of the fastest of all fish, said to reach speeds of up to 60 miles per hour. The Ono is usually caught in 40 to 60 fathoms of water, trolling with a type of “jet” lure. Fun to catch, great to eat.
There are many different types of Tuna caught off the Kona coast. The Yellowfin Tuna (Ahi) is the tuna of choice for sport-fishermen, growing to more than 250 pounds. The average Yellowfin caught off the Kona coast is 150 pounds. Skipjack Tuna (Aku) are the smallest of the Kona tunas. They grow to about 35 pounds, average size around 10 pounds. The Albacore, Big Eye and Bluefin tuna are occasionally caught by sport-fishermen fishing at night or near one of the Kona Fish Aggregation Devices (FAD).