Oahu Fishing

Hawaii is one of the best places in the world for deep sea fishing. Big game fish you can catch off the coast of the island of Oahu include Ahi (Yellowfin Tuna), Mahi Mahi (Dolphin Fish), Marlin and Spearfish. Several Oahu fishing tour operators offer shared as well as exclusive sportfishing tours in the waters off Waikiki and on the island's windward coast. Or how about an exciting midnight shark hunt? Whether you are a beginner or an experienced fisherman doesn’t matter. All of these Oahu deep sea fishing charters have experienced captains who are experts in Hawaiian waters. Best of all, all fishing equipment and bait is provided. So get ready for an exciting Oahu sportfishing adventure and reel in that trophy fish you have always wanted to catch.

OahuFishing.com offers discounted rates for all of the popular Oahu fishing charters. Select from these great Oahu fishing tours below or call us toll free at 866-482-9775.


Reel Intense Fishing

Come aboard the Reel Intense, a 48' Egg Harbor Sportfisher, and experience the thrill of reeling in a marlin, tuna or other big game fish off Oahu's south shore. At the end of your sportfishing adventure you can keep a large portion of your catch!

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Sea Hawk Sportfishing

Join the captain and crew of the Sea Hawk and reel in a big one! The crew’s largest catch to date is a 1,277-pound Pacific blue marlin! Second place is a 937 pounder, another blue marlin caught only two miles from the harbor.

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Maggie Joe Sportfishing

Established in 1950, Maggie Joe Sportfishing is Oahu’s oldest and most experienced deep sea charter fishing business. With an annual success rate of 95% or better, the captain and crew of the Maggie Joe know the best big game fishing grounds off the Waikiki coastline.

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Ruckus Sportfishing

Get ready for an unforgettable Oahu deep sea fishing tour off the Waikiki coastline. Come aboard the Ruckus, which features all that a fisherman needs – high-quality equipment, modern electronics, a comfortable cabin and a shaded fly bridge.

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Aikane Sportfishing

Departing daily from Hickam Air Force Base, Aikane Sportfishing charters allow you to keep what you catch! Just bring some snacks and drinks and let them take care of the rest. This is Oahu sportfishing at its best.

$575.00 PRICE FROM

Magic Sportfishing

Come aboard the Magic, a 50' Pacifica yacht, and catch the trophy fish you have always wanted to catch! With over 20 years of deep sea fishing experience in Hawaiian waters, the crew of the Magic hold many Hawaii sportfishing records.

$175.00 PRICE FROM

Shared Fishing Trip

Enjoy a shared deep sea fishing trip aboard one of Oahu's top sportfishing vessels, the Maggie Joe, Sea Hawk or Mazel Tov. This is a great way to go on a shared fishing trip with a private feel.

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K-Bay Sportfishing

K-Bay Sportfishing offers big game fishing tours off the Waikiki coastline. Their two sportfishing boats are fully-equipped and ready to fish.

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Sashimi Fishing

Sashimi offers a variety of sportfishing adventures on Oahu, including trolling & jigging, bottom fishing and a midnight shark hunt. They offer both full and half day fishing trips.


Slide-bait Fishing - Hawaiian Style

by Howery
April 9th, 2015

Shore casting has always been a popular way to fish on the Hawaiian Islands. Fishermen here established a distinctive way of going after the giant trevally, or ulua as it is called in the islands. This is the most sought after shoreline game fish in Hawaii. One of the strongest fighters in the ocean, the average size of this fish is around 25 pounds. Hawaii fishermen are after the trophy sized ulua over fifty pounds. In catching the ulua, the method used is called “slide-baiting.” Equipped with rods up to 14 feet long and prepared with open-faced reels, local shore casters fish for ulua mainly at night.

The moon phase plays an important role in deciding where to fish. Although these fish will bite at any time, overnight fishing during the right moon phase is the most productive. Experts trust reels filled with #60-80 test line as a standard. Nevertheless there are many different factors to consider when selecting the proper set-up and deciding where you will be fishing. Casting baits from a nice, sandy beach requires a totally different set-up than slide-baiting off a jagged lava cliff. When one of these fish are hooked, a fight can last anywhere from a few minutes to an hour or more depending on the size of the fish. Sandy bottomed spots with no underwater obstructions are good because you can just let the fish go until he tires himself out. On the other hand, a rocky shoreline can present problems for the angler. The fish like to run into caves and cracks in the lava bottom. More fish are lost to cut lines than anything else.

The basic slide bait rig consists of a 4-6 feet leader made with #18 stainless steel wire (#420 test) with a 3/0 barrel swivel on one end and a “stopper” on the other. Most stoppers are made out of a heavy gauge ring of brass or stainless steel about ¾” in diameter. The main line is tied to the barrel swivel and a lead sinker is tied to the stopper. The length of your sinker leader will depend on your casting style. Basically, shorter leaders are easier to cast than longer ones. For most shore casters in Hawaii, the ability to cast these poles and reel combinations with skill has been held in high esteem. It takes the average angler about a year to produce the technique.

The big advantage to this style of fishing is that you are able to use large one to two pound baits of whole octopus and live fish. Most local fishermen will run more than one pole at a time, with three being the average. Another plus with this system is that you are able to slide multiple baits without recasting and most casters will slide three or four baits on the same pole over the course of the night. Be aware that the action while fishing for ulua can be very slow. Even the most persistent and knowledgeable fishermen may catch only a dozen of these fish in a year. This style of fishing hasn’t changed very much over the years except for the introduction of stronger more durable materials used in today’s rods.

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