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Posted on Sep 9, 2013

Excellent Experience!

Excellent Experience!

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Excellent experience!  Captain Chris and the Ohana crew provided a top-notch fishing trip for my friend and me.  We went out on September 5, 2013, seeking Ahi tuna.  With the target species in mind, Captain Chris completed his research in advance of the trip, knew where the fish have been biting and had our destination planned.  He even took the additional step of contacting me the night before to suggest an earlier departure time.  Anything to increase the chances of making a catch, right?  Just shy of our destination, bam!  Fish on!  A strong, fighter of a Blue Marlin.  About 325lbs.  After its release (this is at the option of the angler) Captain Chris and the crew sought, and found, the signs we were looking for; Porpoise pods not far from a large ocean buoy.  After tracking them for a time, the Ahi we were seeking finally hit.  After an aggressive fight, my friend got him within about 40 feet of the boat, close enough to determine an approximate weight of 130lbs.  But the fish shook the hook loose and earned its freedom.  That’s why they call it fishing, not catching.  But the day wasn’t over yet; when returning for the day, a second Blue Marlin was on the line.  Smaller than the first, but more aggressive.  About 200lbs.  It too, was released. Throughout this trip and the second trip (read on) the crew changed their tactics, such as differing lures; anything to increase the odds.  My first trip was about a year ago, with a less expensive competitor in Kona.  Even though I did catch a Blue Marlin with them, the Captain was arrogant, rude, and tried to upsell me on having the fish mounted (I don’t like pushy salespeople).  Unsuccessful in his pitch, he became quiet for the remainder of the trip, like an upset child.  He snapped the tip out of my hand at the end of the day with not so much as a thank-you.  Needless to say, he ensured no repeat business from me.  With this in mind, and after speaking with Captain Chris in advance of my trip, the words “you get what you pay for” came to mind.  I followed my instincts and made the booking.  I truly could not have been happier.  So happy, in fact, I booked a second trip a few days after the first.  It wasn’t quite as exciting as the first (no Ahi or Blue Marlins, regrettably…..remember; fishing, not catching) but we did manage to reel in two Ono’s, about 20 and 40lbs.  I really recommend Ohana Sportfishing, not only because of our success, but because they care about your experience.  They did their homework, are knowledgeable, they put forth the effort to increase your chances of making a catch and consist of really good, friendly and fun people. Plus, you get to keep as much of your catch as you like….they even clean and cut the fish for you at no extra cost.  All I would add to this is, remember, these guys aren’t getting rich out there.  A vessel of this size has two large diesel engines and fuel costs eat the vast majority of your charter fee.  Tip well!!