Deep-Sea Fishing in Lana‘i


Deep-Sea Fishing

Some of the best sportfishing grounds in Maui County are off the southwest shoreline of Lanai. Pry your eyes open and go deep-sea fishing in the early morning, with departures at 6 or 6:30 am from Manele Harbor. Console yourself with the knowledge that Maui fishers have to leave an hour earlier to get to the same prime locations. Peak seasons are spring and summer, although good catches have been landed year-round. Mahimahi, ono (a mackerel-like fish; the word means "delicious" in Hawaiian), ahi (yellowfin tuna), and marlin are prized catches and preferred eating.

Boats and Charters

Spinning Dolphin Charters of Lanai. The 36-foot Twin-Vee Fish-n-Chips with a tuna tower will get you to the fishing grounds in comfort. Friendly Captain Jason will do everything except reel in the big one for you. Plan on trolling along the south coast for ono and around the point at Kaunolu for mahimahi or marlin. A trip to the offshore buoy often yields skipjack tuna or big ahi. Whales are often spotted during the season. Fishing gear, soft drinks, and water are included. A four-hour charter (six-passenger maximum) is $700; each additional hour costs $110. Guests can keep a third of all fish caught. Shared charters on Sunday are $150 per person. Lanai City, HI, 96763. 808/565–7676.


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