FISHING GROUNDS OF KAUAI
Sport fishing on the South West side of Kauai is a pleasure as we generally will work into the weather for the morning and experience downwind runs in the lee of the island in the afternoon. Compare this with the windward side where exposure in moderate trade winds will push waves into the island creating a second bounce back wave. It’s worth a few minutes in the car to experience a better ocean during your day on the water. The ledges around Kauai are within 1 mile (40 Fathom) and extend out 3.5 miles (FADS and the 1000 FA). We can even run to 20 miles (2000 Fathom), mid channel, weather permitting.
The island of Kauai is surrounded by ledges at 40 Fathoms, 300 feet to 600feet, the 1000 Fathom, 1500 Fathom and 2000 Fathom (12,000feet!). The birds will work these areas and so do the fishermen. I have pointed out some locations that are no surprise to local commercial fishermen and many remain in “the book”. For the most part our location affords us access to the EAST, SOUTH and WEST areas. Fish Aggregation Devices or FAD’S are placed on the 1000 fathom drop and hold fish during the morning and late afternoon. In addition they are a good reference point when on the water.
Fishing offshore brings you to 6000 feet of water within minutes providing an exceptional value as 4 and 6 hour charters can be in very deep water for most of the fishing time. The worlds most powerful fish can be found just outside the Harbor.
WINDWARD AND LEEWARD
What’s the big deal you may ask? Take note of the islands shape and our location on the south side (yellow pin). Trade winds are constant from the North East nearly every day. The leeward coast is afforded considerable relief from wind and wind generated waves. The eastern and northern exposures encounter higher winds and larger swells and bounce back waves off the island nearly every day. For this reason alone it is worth a few extra minutes in the car to have a better experience on the ocean for the next 4-8 hours. We also have some very fine Captains and capable vessels that make the decision to fish with us in Port Allen that much easier.
The BIG TA DO is a fast machine and weather permitting the NA PALIand NIIHAU are within range. Both make exceptional opportunities to have a wonderful day on the water. The NA PALI is a family fun outing with fishing on the inside for Ono, Trevally and Barracuda. NIIHAU is a place of legends. Blue fin, Yellow fin, Ono, Mahimahi, Marlin, Great White Sharks, Tiger Sharks, Gray, Blue and Mako are found in these isolated waters. Bottom fishing is productive but bring them in fast because the predators will be waiting for you to stop and catch your breath.
On each outing to these destinations I hear time and again “Captain, whatever it takes just don’t take us back until you absolutely have to”.
HAWAIIAN FISHING CALENDAR
Our fishing calendar reflects the types of fish usually caught during the months indicated. Anything can happen at any time. Fish will run early and late but a few generalities can be inferred from years of fishing experience. Fishing is good all year! Tuna generally run in the summer with Marlin working Hawaiian waters into the late fall. A winter run on tuna does happen. Bottom fishing is on at anytime, however, the bite is stronger from the first quarter to the full moon.
|Short bill Spearfish|
|Blue Line Snapper|