Plan to do a little fishing in Hawaii? Hawaii has excellent fishing from shoreline to deep sea. In particular, the Kona coast is world renown for its sportfishing of big game fish like marlin, spearfish, mahimahi, ahi (yellowfin tuna), and more.If you have the skill and gear, spearfishing in Kona’s ultra-clear waters net fisherman tasty meals and great experiences.
“Do I need to get a license or permit to fish in the ocean?
There is no marine recreational fishing license in Hawaii for either residents or visitors, so you don’t need to worry about that as long as you don’t sell your catch. There are a few locations where shoreline fishing is prohibited, and you can see all the fishing regulations here.” – from Hawaii Divison of Aquatic Resources: Fishing – Common Questions
Because of Hawaii’s close connection to the land and the sea, the state has no licensing or permitting requirements for non-commercial fishing. That means you don’t need a license…just gear and knowledge!
From the shoreline you can catch a wide variety of reef fish and larger reef predators like Jacks and Opelu. You can either bring your own gear or pick some up when you get into town. Gear is reasonably priced at many shops around town. Some shops and guides will also rent gear out.
The unique sport of spearfishing is practiced throughout the world. The opportunities for spearfishing in Hawaii are abundant. In Hawaii it can be done with minimal gear because of our warm waters and near shore abundance of fish. Reaching the schools can be as easy as walking into the water. Or, if you are after bigger fish, you can arrange for short boat rides to shelves and drop offs. Obviously, you need to know what you’re doing when it comes to carrying around a loaded weapon under the water, so this is only for those with experience or with a guide.
There are dozens of charter boats in Kona looking forward to taking you on a sportfishing adventure. More like hunting and less like fishing, landing big game from Kona’s waters is an awesome event. Renown for our billfish–Kona holds the annual Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament, along with several world record catches–charters range from half day to full day and from medium-sized boats to large cabin-cruisers with amenities.