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Frequently Asked Questions

Is fishing better in am/pm? What’s the difference?

Fishing here in the Pacific can go from hot to cold in the blink of an eye.  Half of the time the morning bites better and the other half the afternoon wins.  The tropics are a fickle beast and the only way you catch them is by being out there chasing.   It can be your given day of glory early or late.  The am trips give you slightly less wind for the first hour or so of the trip.


What are you catching this time of year?

Spring into summer brings warmer currents through the island chain.  This brings the migration of all pelagic species.  This includes blue/striped marlin, spearfish, yellowfin tuna, skipjack tuna, mahi mahi (dorado), ono (wahoo).  As fall rolls around the juvenile tuna remain and bait starts to stack on the inside shelves.  We have a variety of fish to target depending on what mother nature brings our way.  We never can predict in advance what is going to be the best target but we catch yellowfin, skipjack, wavy back tuna, kahala (amberjack), Ulua (giant trevally), uku (gray snapper), kumanu (rainbow runner), as well as a large variety of bottom species through live bait and jigging during winter months.

Both boats are set up with tackle to do all types of fishing.  When bigger pelagic fish are around generally it is very difficult to catch live bait and all boats here are trolling with artificial lures.  As more bait comes together, we are able to do more live bait bottom fishing of deep shelves for a multitude of other species.

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Does your boat have a restroom onboard?

We have fully enclosed restrooms with toilets, sink, and mirrors on both boats.  These are cleaned religiously!

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What should we bring? What is included?

There will be water, juice, soda provided on the boat and you are welcome to BYOB (cans, please).  You are welcome to bring snacks and any food, we have plenty of ice and cooler space. Bring your sunscreen, sunglasses, and hats. We have everything else you will need for the day fishing.  You also get a licensed Coast Guard captain and experienced crew to give you the greatest chance of success in our Hawaiian waters.

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Do we get to keep our catch?

Working in the Hawaii fishing industry for the last 15 years, we’ve seen many different styles of companies. Fish in Hawaii are dispersed at the captain’s discretion among all the companies operating deep-sea fishing adventures. This is a statewide policy, and every charter business operates under the same structure. It helps provide top-of-the-line tackle and an honest living for the hard-working members or our fishing community. Being avid fishermen and hunters, we understand our client’s desire to enjoy some of their catch. Our main goal each and every trip is to provide our clients with a great meal or two of fresh-caught fish while they visit the island. Large fish caught in the industry are sold directly to local restaurants and markets immediately. These fish are very delicate and have a short shelf life. Freezing is not an option. This policy keeps Hawaii fish in Hawaii’s economy and maintains jobs for the local population here on our little island. The amount of fish cut is always relative to the amount caught. That being said, our clients always come first, and we try to accommodate you any way possible within reason. We are one of the most generous companies when it comes to sharing our catch and look forward to tight lines! It is a good idea to have a small cooler to transport your catch to your accommodation. If you have any further questions regarding the fish policy in the State of Hawaii please don’t hesitate to call.

Where do we park?

 We have a Google map on our homepage that takes you right into PORT ALLEN SMALL BOAT HARBOR.  Along the two docks there is parking along the break wall adjacent to the pier.  We are located in the first two slips on the first dock you reach.

Do you offer shared charters or open spots on the boat?

We do not offer shared/group trips. We offer private trips exclusively.  The flat rate is for the boat for your allotted time period.  You can bring from 1-6 passengers in your private party.

Why the leeward side?

The lee part of leeward comes from the Old English “hleo”, which means “shelter, defense, or protection.”  I’ve spent years fishing on the windward side of the island (east facing shores) and let me tell you there is no reprieve from the rough seas.  Our typical wind blows out of the Northeast and can make seas hard to handle for people not accustomed to it.  Leaving from Port Allen gives us an advantage to fish waters in the lee of the wind line.  Wave heights and waves reflecting off the shore are cut to a minimum of this side.  You will definitely feel the difference!

Port Allen also has its advantages when it comes to the large tuna runs during spring and summer months. Schools of 100-200 lb. tuna migrate out of the northwest into Kauai waters every year.  Our harbor entrance is right in their path!  Every year the run out of Port Allen for this fish of a lifetime is unbeatable.  Competition for fish is also set to a minimum from this local harbor. Only several boats operate from this location, leaving unspoiled grounds for us to pursue our catch!

Additional Charter Fishing Information

  • Prices do not include taxes, harbor fees, or gratuities for crew members
  • No saltwater fishing license required
  • All your bait, tackle, and expert instruction is provided
  • The minimum age requirement for private charters is 5 yrs.
  • Not recommended for pregnant women, and anyone with a history of health, heart or back problems.

Cancellation Policy

Prices do not include taxes, harbor fees, or gratuities for crew members. Deposit is non-refundable for cancellations within 10 days of the charter due to holding a boat for reservation. There is a full charge for cancellations within 72 hours.

What about canceling over weather conditions?

We are fishing in the tropics and weather can change from hour to hour and we are always keeping a close eye on it.  We will never take you out in dangerous situations.  Captain’s make the decision to cancel due to weather conditions.  If we cancel due to weather conditions there will be no charge and we will try our best to reschedule your trip. Fortunately for us we are on the leeward side of the island and get far less “weather” issues than the other ports on the island.  Keep in mind it will most likely rain somewhere on the island, that does not mean it will be raining on us!

Typical weather here in the islands are 15-20 mph trade winds out of the NE and 5-7 swells.  There is most always motion to the ocean here in Kauai.

What should we do if we are concerned about motion sickness?

There are over-the-counter remedies such as Dramamine and Bonine that work well if taken correctly.  The night prior to your trip and an hour before departure.  The best thing I’ve seen over the years, if you are very susceptible to motion sickness, is a scopolamine patch from a doctor.  On our private trips there is always an option to go in if the ocean becomes too much for you.

How long of a trip should we book?

I often tell people sometimes 4 hours is more than enough and sometimes 8 hours isn’t enough.  It’s always a gamble when chasing migratory fish on the biggest ocean on the planet. The general rule with fishing is the more time spent on the water the greater your chances of success.  We offer 4-, 6-, or 8-hour trips.  The 6 hour trip is the most popular trip we offer as it gives you a chance to check multiple areas and try several fishing methods if the opportunities present themselves.  People with young children generally choose the 4-hour trips as the ocean can be a little much for the younger people.  Putting your time in on an 8 hour trip can be a great way to try your luck as some of the bigger migratory species come though the islands.

What time does the boat leave?

Depending on time of year and sunrise the morning trips leave between 5:15 and 6:30 am.  We also offer an afternoon trip which leaves according to the length of the am trip on each given boat.  The PM trips leave anywhere from 10:00 am – 1:30 pm (dependent on am charter as well as time of year)

Can I mount my catch?

We work with a great taxidermy company and can arrange for your catch to be made into a trophy.  Let your captain and crew know of your intentions if this is something you are interested in.

What About Tipping?

We are working in a service industry and hope to exceed your expectations on every single trip.  The amount of time we put in to have everything in order and run a seamless operation is endless.  If you had a good time and the captain and crew worked hard for you, tipping of 20% is customary and always appreciated.

Payment Options?

Using our online system, you will be charged a deposit to hold the boat for you on your chosen day.  You are welcome to pay the remaining balance by cash or any major credit card the day of your adventure.  If you would like to pay cash for the entire trip, give us a call and we can book you over the phone.


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