Need help picking a Kona fishing charter

Discussion in 'Hawaii Fishing Reports' started by bbop777, Aug 11, 2005.

  1. bbop777

    bbop777 Newbie

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    I'm going to Kona in a few weeks (8/26-9/2) and looking to book a good fishing trip. Can someone please give me some good boats/skippers?

    I'm thinking about "Start Me Up" or "The Carnivore" with Captain Jeff Rogers.

    Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!

    Thanks
     
  2. aclemieux

    aclemieux Back to basics.

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    look up kevin nakamura. his boat is northern lights.

    Phone: 808 325-7529
    Boat: 808 936-0953
    Email: [email protected]
     
  4. Hirize

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    All of them listed above are good charters.

    One thing about Capt Jeff is that he does not mind changing tactics and going after whatever fish are available. Many other chartes just do game fish where Jeff will put you on bottom fish, sharks or whatever you like.

    Nakamura is an awesome Capt and can catch fish. That still does not mean you will hook up on something.

    The biggest thing YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR!!!!
    Go cheap and you will get old worn out equipment in both the boat and the gear.
    Ask Plattas Son he went out one time on the cheapest charter and it was a joke, we talked about it when we were out. This time he went out on the Silky and had a class act. His report is up in the Hawaii section.

    Silky, Holiday, Northern Lights all good boats and many others also.

    Call Pacific Rim Fishing Supplies ask for Ed
    Call Melton International Tackle in Kona and ask for Tim

    Both places can suggest good charters. Tell them Peter told you.

    Aloha, Pete
     
  5. plattas son

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    Yea! I would definantly recomend John(Silky) if you are looking at a good charter to go on. He switched things up alot and did really good puting us on some fish. We brought smaller poles and made skipjack for bait and did some live baiting, which i hear alot of the other charters ussually dont do. Like Pete said, you get what you pay for.
    Have a great trip!

    -Austin
     
  6. kerncat

    kerncat Well-Known "Member"

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    I've fished Kona for a lot of years and wouldn't even try to suggest a skipper or boat for you...they all have good days and bad days...I have one man that I always fish with and have had good success but he also fishes tuna commercially so his boat is not the plush type...I do know one thing...there are a number of groups and activities centers that arrange "shared charters" and I'd really be careful of those. Losts of "part timers" just looking to write off their boat expenses...You might see if you can locate web sites for Kona fishing and look over the boats and the skippers that have been around for a while...I'd stay away from the really high dollar "reputation" boats as a lot of times they have made the reputation simply by keeping their names in the public eye...some of the skippers have been fishing the Kona waters for over 30 years and really know what is what....anyway, enjoy one of the places in the world where every time you go out you may have the chance to break a world record or at least catch a really big fish...One more thing, understand with the captain before you leave what the deal is on releasing bill fish and also what the policy is on who gets the fish if it is killed...been lots of really nasty comments about this.
     
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    Huntress.
     
  8. daniel-neill

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    Hirize;
    How do you feel about the Mariah, Capt Jay Lightly?
    Dan
     
  9. bbop777

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    Thanks for all your advice. Most of the captains I called we're all booked up through the end of August. The captain of "The High Noon" referred me to Captain Jeff Heintz of "The Linda Sue II". So it's on next week! I'll post pics when I get back.
     
  10. Hirize

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    He catches some fish and that is as much as I have to say about that.
    Read between the lines.

    Aloha, Pete
     
  11. Hirize

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    Jeez I am going to quit suggesting how to go about finding a good charter.

    Have fun.
     
  12. macdago

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    look up bill casey on the pacific blue hes my brother he'll take good care
    of you.
     
  13. captjim

    captjim Konakeenan

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    Randy Parker is no longer the skipper of the Huntress. Suggest you avoid
     
  14. KC Kevin

    KC Kevin Go Chiefs!

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    Hey bbop

    Why have you not posted a follow up fish report? You come here seeking advice, it seems reasonable that you would at least post a report upon returning. Then others could benefit from what you learned, eh? :confused:
     
  15. Cap Jeff Rogers

    Cap Jeff Rogers Fish Abuser

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    I wish bbop777 would post about his trip too. Jeff Heitz is the guy that sank the Linda Sue II earlier this year. His "new" boat (Linda Sue III) is an old 35 Bertram in poor condition. If you're in the area, go look. Slip G-1.

    While the guy does catch plenty fish, here's an email that I got from a guy that went fishing with him last month:
    <!--StartFragment --> while in kona went with jeff heintz. wouldnt recommend him to anyone. running a fishing business in alaska ourselves i wouldnt be very busy if i wasnt more congenial with our clients. just passing it along hopefully next time you will have room

    There are plenty of good captains here in Kona. You guys named some good ones for bbop. As you all know, boats change captains, some become inactive. It's always best to get up to date information on who's running what and who's catching. When I'm booked up, I send people to a referrals page on my web site. http://fishinkona.com/referrals.htm

    I think someone going back to their home town on the mainland and complaining about what a crappy time they had fishing in Hawaii hurts all of us here in Hawaii. If you recommend someone, don't just do it because you know a name. gunz

    Capt. Jeff
     
  16. Hirize

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    Capt Jeff,

    :notworthy :notworthy :notworthy :notworthy :notworthy

    I wish more people would listen to us guys out here and consider that not only do we have some insight but that you get what you pay for!!!!

    Yeah, what about that fish report dude????

    Aloha, Pete
     
  17. Wideopen

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    I'll assume that Dee on the High Noon was already booked which is why he referred you? Too bad, Dee is as good as any out there, and his boat is reasonably priced as well. I've been fishing with him for more years than I can remember.
     
  18. captjim

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    Linda Sue II had an estimated 800 to 900 lb blue on the deck with the stern door open in following seas when she went down. Would this qualify as a catch and release?
     
  19. Cap Jeff Rogers

    Cap Jeff Rogers Fish Abuser

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    I don't think your supposed to use your boat as the tag.
     
  20. Cap Jeff Rogers

    Cap Jeff Rogers Fish Abuser

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    Please do not confuse me with Capt. Jeff Heintz. I use to reccommend Capt. Dee until I found that he had taken a referral I gave him and sent that customer to Jeff Heintz. Capt. Dee and I talked about this at length. The deal is, while Jeff Heintz was trying to get another boat and get back in business, he sent many of his charters to Capt. Dee. It's an IOU thing and has nothing to do with Capt. Dee referring a quality charter. :skullbone

    Capt. Jeff Rogers
     

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