Fish Information

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 size and tremendous fight when hooked are a challenge to the most accomplished angler.
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

Fishing SeasonOahuMauiKauaiBig Island
JanuaryFairGoodGoodFair
FebruaryFairFairPeakFair
MarchFairFairPeakFair
AprilGoodGoodPeakFair
MayGoodPeakPeakFair
JunePeakPeakPeakPeak
JulyPeakPeakPeakPeak
AugustPeakPeakPeakPeak
SeptemberGoodPeakPeakPeak
OctoberFairGoodGoodFair
NovemberFairFairGoodFair
DecemberFairGoodGoodFair

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.
Hawaiian Name: A’u
Avg. Weight: 60 lbs.
Best Time of Year: December-May
IGFA World Record: 494 lbs.
Place: Tutukaka, New Zealand
Year: 1986
State Record: 211 lbs.
Place: Island of O’ahu
Year: 1996

Fishing SeasonOahuMauiKauaiBig Island
JanuaryPeakPeakGoodPeak
FebruaryPeakPeakPeakPeak
MarchGoodPeakPeakPeak
AprilFairPeakPeakFair
MayFairPeakPeakFair
JuneFairGoodGoodFair
JulyFairFairGoodFair
AugustFairFairGoodFair
SeptemberFairFairGoodFair
OctoberFairFairGoodFair
NovemberFairFairGoodFair
DecemberGoodGoodGoodPeak

Yellowfin Tuna (Ahi)

The Yellowfin Tuna is a highly sought gamefish due to its excellent taste and sporting battle. Yellowfin can be distinguished by their long and brilliant yellow fins. If you get one of these on your line, get set for a war!
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

Fishing SeasonOahuMauiKauaiBig Island
JanuaryFairFairGoodFair
FebruaryFairFairGoodFair
MarchFairFairGoodFair
AprilGoodGoodPeakFair
MayGoodPeakPeakFair
JunePeakPeakPeakPeak
JulyPeakPeakPeakPeak
AugustPeakPeakPeakPeak
SeptemberGoodGoodPeakPeak
OctoberGoodFairGoodFair
NovemberGoodFairGoodFair
DecemberFairFairPeakFair

Skipjack Tuna (Aku)

Known in Hawaii as Otado 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.
Hawaiian Name: ‘Aku
Avg. Weight: 5 lbs.
Best Time of Year: May-September
IGFA World Rec.: 45 lbs. 4 oz.
Place: Baja California, Mexico
Year: 1996
State Record: 37 lbs.
Place: Island of Hawaii
Year: 1964

Fishing SeasonOahuMauiKauaiBig Island
JanuaryFairGoodGoodFair
FebruaryFairGoodGoodFair
MarchGoodGoodGoodFair
AprilGoodGoodGoodGood
MayGoodPeakPeakGood
JuneGoodPeakPeakPeak
JulyGoodPeakPeakPeak
AugustGoodPeakPeakPeak
SeptemberGoodPeakPeakGood
OctoberGoodGoodGoodFair
NovemberGoodGoodGoodFair
DecemberGoodGoodGoodFair

Wahoo (Ono)

Wahoo have a long slender body, light-colored vertical stripes, blue-grey backs, a silver belly and a slender tube-like mouth. 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.
Hawaiian Name: ‘Ono
Avg. Weight: 25 lbs.
Best Time of Year: April-October
IGFA World Rec.: 158 lbs. 8 oz.
Place: Baja California, Mexico
Year: 1996
State Record: 124 lbs.
Place: Island of O’ahu
Year: In the 1940’s

Fishing SeasonOahuMauiKauaiBig Island
JanuaryFairFairGoodFair
FebruaryFairFairGoodFair
MarchGoodFairGoodFair
AprilGoodGoodPeakPeak
MayGoodPeakPeakPeak
JunePeakPeakPeakPeak
JulyPeakPeakPeakFair
AugustPeakGoodGoodFair
SeptemberGoodGoodGoodFair
OctoberFairFairGoodFair
NovemberFairFairGoodFair
DecemberFairFairGoodFair

Dolphin (Mahimahi)

Mahimahi is a smaller, colorful, plentiful fish, with a distinctive hump on its head. It’s closely associated with Hawaiian cuisine because its taste blends well with native fruits. Mahimahi flesh is pink, has a mildly sweet flavor and turns white when cooked.
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

Fishing SeasonOahuMauiKauaiBig Island
JanuaryFairGoodGoodPeak
FebruaryFairPeakPeakPeak
MarchGoodPeakPeakPeak
AprilPeakPeakGoodFair
MayPeakPeakGoodFair
JuneGoodGoodPeakFair
JulyGoodGoodPeakFair
AugustGoodGoodGoodFair
SeptemberGoodGoodPeakFair
OctoberFairGoodPeakFair
NovemberFairGoodGoodFair
DecemberFairGoodGoodPeak

Black Marlin

Black Marlin are rare in Hawaii. Only half a dozen or so are caught each year. It’s thought that Blacks in Hawaii may accidentally stray from Australia following schools of bait. Not much is known about the breeding or feeding habits of Blacks, and all are incidental catches while trolling for Blues
Hawaiian Name: A’u
Avg. Weight: 200 lbs.
Best Time: 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

Fishing SeasonOahuMauiKauaiBig Island
JanuaryGoodFair
FebruaryGoodFair
MarchFairFair
AprilFairFair
MayFairFair
JuneFairFair
JulyFairFair
AugustFairFair
SeptemberFairFair
OctoberFairFair
NovemberFairFair
DecemberFairFair

Pacific Sailfish

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

Fishing SeasonOahuMauiKauaiBig Island
JanuaryFairFair
FebruaryFairFair
MarchFairFair
AprilFairFair
MayFairFair
JuneGoodFair
JulyGoodFair
AugustFairFair
SeptemberFairFair
OctoberFairFair
NovemberFairFair
DecemberFairFair

Bigeye Tuna

Bigeye Tuna are typically smaller than Yellowfin and have much bigger eyes. Bigeye are seldom targeted in Hawaiian waters because Marlin, Yellowfin and other species are so readily available. They are often caught by accident with Yellowfin.
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

Fishing SeasonOahuMauiKauaiBig Island
JanuaryPeakPeakPeak
FebruaryPeakPeakPeak
MarchPeakPeakPeak
AprilPeakPeakFair
MayPeakPeakFair
JuneGoodGoodFair
JulyGoodGoodFair
AugustGoodGoodFair
SeptemberGoodGoodFair
OctoberPeakPeakFair
NovemberPeakPeakFair
DecemberPeakPeakFair