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
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: 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
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: 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
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
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: ‘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
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: A’u lepe Avg. Weight: 45 lbs Best Time of Year: 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
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: ‘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
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: ‘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
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.