Deep Sea Fishing in Hawaii: Hawaiian Fish Species

This chart shows the different times of year that you can expect to catch some of the species of fish in Hawaii.  Note that it is not a complete list and some species are still missing (such as the Albacore Tuna, Skipjack Tuna and the Swordfish)

Fish such as the Wahoo, Yellowfin Tuna and Barracuda are available to catch 365 days of the year and will offer good entertainment on the right tackle.

The Wahoo is locally known as “Ono” and the Blue Marlin is sometimes called a “Kajiki”

Hawaii Game Fish Species:

Hawaii has some of the best fishing grounds in the world. These salt water predators will offer amazing entertainment and are spectacular during a fight.

The information below will give you an insight into the type of fish that you will catch around the waters of Hawaii.

The waters around Hawaii are abundant with these magnificent fish, the sheer amount of small bait fish in the water means that the fish stocks are high.

Blue Marlin

Blue Marlin (Makaira nigricans):

The Blue Marlin is the biggest fish around the coast of Hawaii and is number one on our target specimen fish list.

Their backs are an amazing ultramarine blue and the flanks and belly are silvery white.

This fish has between 12 and 16 light blue vertical stripes along its flanks and like most Marlin these stripes will light up when the fish is feeding or leaping.

Like most sport fish, the Blue Marlin is equipped with a long bill with a much shorter lower jaw and a very thin curved tail.

The current world record (2017) for the Blue Marlin is 1402lbs 2ozs.

Top Speed: 65mph.


Sailfish (Istiophorus platypterus):

The Sailfish is a fantastic looking fish with a large high dorsal fin that runs the entire length of their backs between their head and tail.

Along with the rest of its back their magnificent dorsal fin is cobalt blue in colour, the fin has a scattering of black dots on it.

Their flank has a number of thin light blue stripes that run vertically along it and their underside is brilliant silver.

Like most sport fish, the Sailfish is equipped with a long bill with a much shorter lower jaw and a very thin curved tail.

The Sailfish is a fast swimming fish and has reportedly reached speeds of up to 70mph, making it the fastest fish in the sea.

The current world record for the Sailfish is 141lbs 1oz.

Top Speed: 70mph.


Wahoo (Acanthocybium solandri):

Wahoo have an iridescent blue back with a brilliant silver underside and belly.

Their flank has a number of light blue tiger stripes that sometimes join together in places.

They have an elongated body with a very small main dorsal fin.

They have powerful jaws and can move their top jaw independently from their bottom one, their teeth are long and razor sharp.

The current world record for the Wahoo is 184lbs.

Top Speed: 48mph.

Yellowfin Tuna

Yellowfin Tuna (Thunnus albacares):

Yellowfin Tuna are easily recognised due to their golden yellow coloured fins, their second dorsal and anal fins are overextended and almost a mirror of each other.

They have a bluey black coloured back that fades to a stunning silver and the lower flanks and underbelly.

A golden yellow or iridescent blue stripe runs from the eye to the tail, the belly frequently shows as many as 20 vertical rows of whitish spots.

The current world record for the Yellowfin Tuna is 405lbs.

Top Speed: 46mph.



Mahi-Mahi (Coryphaena hippurus):

The Mahi-Mahi (Dolphin Fish) is one of the most spectacular looking fish in the sea, they vary in colour but most have an iridescent bluey green back with vibrant golden yellow flanks and a silver or yellow underbelly.

Along their flanks you will find you will find a mixture of spots ranging in colour from black, blue or even gold. Their dorsal fin is a brilliant blue whereas the anal fin is silver or gold in colour.

Large males have high foreheads, while the female’s foreheads are rounded.

The current world record for the Mahi-Mahi is 87lbs.

Top Speed: 50mph.


Barracuda (Sphyraena barracuda):

The Barracuda is elongated with long pointed jaws containing razor sharp fang shaped teeth.

In most cases, they are a dark bluey green colour on their upper body with silvery sides and chalky-white belly.

They have irregular black spots or a row of darker cross-bars on each side.

The current world record for the Barracuda is 84lb 14ozs.

Top Speed: 38mph.


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