Fish Info

The following list information and pictures of the common fish you may reel in.

Pacific Blue Marlin

The Pacific Blue Marlin is the grand prize for many offshore anglers. Its great size and tremendous fight when hooked are a challenge to the most accomplished angler.
Pacific Blue Marlin
Hawaiian Name: A’u
Avg. Weight: 200 lbs.
Best Time of Year: Year-round
IGFA World Record: 1,376 lbs.
Place: Island of Hawaii
Year: 1982
State Record: 1,805 lbs.
Place: Island of O’ahu
Year: 1970

Striped Marlin

The Striped Marlin is a much more common catch in the Pacific and Indian Oceans, but is occasionally cought off the East Coast.
Striped Marlin
Hawaiian Name: A’u
Avg. Weight: 60 lbs.
Best Time of Year: December – May
IGFA World Record: 494lbs.
Place: Tutukaka, New Zealand
Year: 1986
State Record: 211lbs.
Place: Island of O’ahu
Year: 1996

Black Marlin

Black Marlin are rare in Hawaiian waters. Only half a dozen or so are caught throughout the state each year. It is thought that Black Marlin in Hawaii may have accidentally strayed away from their “home” in Australia by following a school of bait. Not much is known about the breeding or feeding habits of Black Marlin in Hawaii, and all of the Blacks landed are incidental catches while trolling or baiting for Blues.
Black Marlin
Hawaiian Name: A’u
Avg. Weight: 200 lbs.
Best Time of Year: Year-round (seldom caught)
IGFA World Record: 1,560 lbs.
Place: Cabo Blanco, Peru
Year: 1953
State Record: 1,205 lbs.
Place: Island of O’ahu
Year: 1980

Pacific Sailfish

This beautiful species is very rare in Hawaiian waters, but occasionally caught. Once hooked, the angler is likely to experience many thrilling jumps by the fish as it tries to escape its fate. The enormous dorsal fin makes the Sailfish easy to identify at any size.
Pacific Sailfish
Hawaiian Name: A’u lepe
Avg. Weight: 45 lbs.
Best Time of Year: Year-round (seldom caught)
IGFA World Record: 221 lbs.
Place: Santa Cruz Island, Ecuador
Year: 1947
State Record: 119 lbs.
Place: Island of Hawaii
Year: 1983

Yellowfin Tuna (Ahi)

The Yellowfin Tuna is a highly sought after gamefish as a result of its excellent tasting meat and sporting battle it gives on rod and reel. Yellowfin can be distinguished by their farily long pectoral fin, brilliant yellow finlets, and longer than average second dorsal and anal fins. If you get one of these on your line, be prepaired for a war!
Yellow Fin Tuna
Hawaiian Name: ‘Ahi
Avg. Weight: 125 lbs.
Best Time of Year: May – September
IGFA World Record: 388 lbs.
Place: Revillagigedo Islands, Mexico Year: 1977
State Record: 325 lbs.
Place: Island of Lanai
Year: 1990

Bigeye Tuna

The Bigeye is typically smaller than the Yellowfin and has a much bigger eye. Bigeye Tuna are seldom targeted in Hawaiian waters because Marlin, Yellowfin and other species are so readily available. They are often caught by accident with the Yellowfin Tuna. In fact, many anglers catch and eat them as though they had caught a Yellowfin and never know the difference.
Big Eye Tuna
Hawaiian Name: ‘Ahi po’onui
Avg. Weight: 40 lbs.
Best Time of Year: October – April
IGFA World Record: 435 lbs.
Place: Cabo Blanco, Peru
Year: 1957
State Record: 228 lbs.
Place: Island of Hawaii
Year: 1996

Skipjack Tuna (Aku)

Known in Hawaii as Otado’s when they exceed 20 pounds, many anglers target Aku for their multi-hookup action-packed activity which makes for a fun time regardless of whatever else is caught on a trip.
Skipjack Tuna
Hawaiian Name: ‘Aku
Avg. Weight: 5 lbs.
Best Time of Year: May – September
IGFA World Record: 45 lbs. 4 oz.
Place: Baja California, Mexico
Year: 1996
State Record: 37 lbs.
Place: Island of Hawaii
Year: 1964

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

It is smaller a fish, with a distinctive hump on its head, more colorful and very plentiful. It is also most closely associated with Hawaiian cuisine because its taste blends so well with some of the native fruits. Today it is cheaper and fresher locally. Mahi is pink, has a mildly sweet flesh which turns white when cooked and is delishious!
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Hawaiian Name: Mahimahi
Avg. Weight: 20 lbs.
Best Time of Year: September – May
IGFA World Record: 88 lbs.
Place: Exuma, Bahamas
Year: 1998
State Record: 82 lbs.
Place: Island of Hawaii
Year: 1987

Wahoo (Ono)

Wahoo have a long slender body, with a tube-like slender mouth. They have narrow, light-colored vertical stripes on their blue-grey backs, with a silver belly. While Wahoo are in the mackerel family, they are not a schooling fish. Wahoo grow upwards of 75 lbs., and are an offshore gamefish generally caught by trolling artificial lures.
Wahoo (Ono)
Hawaiian Name: ‘Ono
Avg. Weight: 25 lbs.
Best Time of Year: April – October
IGFA World Record: 158 lbs. 8 oz.
Place: Baja California, Mexico
Year: 1996
State Record: 124 lbs.
Place: Island of O’ahu
Year: In the 1940’s