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Fishing in Kauai

 This information is compiled to assist guests who rent our Condo at the Cliffs Resort.  If you've arrived at this page as a result of a web search on Kauai Fishing we hope you benefit from the information.  And if you need lodging, thank you for considering us.

Sport fishing is one of the more popular activities in Kauai. 

Salt Water deep sea fishing specializes in
 - ono [wahoo],
 - mahi mahi [dorado or dolphin fish],
 - ahi [yellow fin tuna],
 - aku [skipjack tuna]
 - marlin [blue, black, and stripers]
 - Opaka Paka [pink snapper]
Fishing boats are available on both exclusive and shared charters.  Family members may accompany at reduced rates.  Mounting services are available in Kauai.   Charters leave from:
 - Hanalei Bay [3 miles from Princeville]
 - Anini Beach [3 miles from Princeville]
 - Nawiliwili Harbor [35 miles from Princeville]
 - West Side Harbors [60 miles from Princeville]
Boats can vary widely and can add/detract from your fishing experience. Bertrams and Radons are popular.  Bertrams are larger, heavier, more stable and more luxurious than Radons.  Fishing tackle tends to track the boat.  The more expensive the boat, the better the tackle.  Check out boat details on this web page.

Fresh Water anglers can enjoy fishing for smallmouth and large mouth bass, tucunare [peacock bass], channel catfish, oscar trout and rainbow trout.  Local guides take guests to various public and private lakes and streams.

Fishing License is required when freshwater fishing in Kauai.  You may obtain one OnLine from the State Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Aquatic Resources, PO Box 1671, Lihue, HI, 96766  808-241-3400.  Or you may obtain one through one of the local fishing stores.  A 7-day tourist license was just  $10 in 2004 [plus $1 convenience fee].  30 day and annual licenses are also available.


Anini Fishing Charters and Tours   808-828-1285 
  Web Site dropped in 2009 -- Robert Kutowski may still help with fishing charters.

  Previous  information:  28 foot PowerCat boat coupled with 30 years of local fishing experience.  1/2, 3/4, and full day charters, exclusive or shared [up to 6 people]. 

North Shore Charters  808-828-1379
Small family-owned charter fishing business out of Anini Beach.  Robert has been fishing on Kauai for more than 20 years using his 30 foot boat.  He is fully licensed and equipped for up to 6 passengers.  The fishing is 'stand up' using gear of 20 to 80 lb tackle.

North Shore Sportfishing   808 828 1379
Shared and Private Charters.  6 Passengers Maximum.

Captain Don's Ocean Adventures  808-639-3012 
Captain Don has a 22 ft Power Catamaran.  Popular tours include dolphin watching, whale watching [in season], sport fishing, snorkeling, or what ever you want to do.   Choose from half day or all day tours.  Exclusive fishing charters only.  No shared charters.

C-Lure Fishing Charters  808-822-5963
41 Ft Catamaran.

Kai Bear Sportfishing Charters  808-652-4556
or 866-226-8340  www.kaibear.com
Either a 38 or a 42 Foot Luxury Bertram, Gold 2 Speed Reels, Blue Water Custom Rods, Fighting Chairs or Stand Up, Light Tackle on Request, State of the Art Electronics, Proven Lures or Bait.  Exclusive private 4, 6, and 8 hour excursions as well as deluxe and economy shared charters.

Hana Pa'a Sport Fishing Charters  808-823-6031 or 866-776-3474   www.fishkauai.com
38 foot Bertram.  Private or shared charters.  Beginners and and advanced welcome.  Families encouraged.  Fishfinders on board, Luxurious salon with sofa and chairs, full head with sink, shower, and toilet.

Hawaiian Style Fishing  808-635-7335
25 ft Radon.  6 passengers max

Ohana Fishing Charters    808-635-8442
From 1 to 6 persons in private and shared tours.  1/2, 3/4, and full day charters.  Share the catch.  Equipment and beverages provided.  Whale Watching alternative.

Lahela Ocean Adventures   808-635-4020
34 foot diesel powered sport fisher.  Captain with over 20 years of experience on Kauai.  Light to heavy tackle to match your quarry.  1/2, 3/4, and full day charters.  Private charters keep your catch.

Sea Lure Fishing Charters  808-822-5963
30 foot Radon Sportfisher.  Shared or Private Charters of 1/2 day, 3/4 day, and full day.  Catch is cut and shared.  All gear provided.

Action Plus Adventures 808-639-4351 or 808-634-2633
35 foot Bertram.  6 persons max.    Half day, 3/4 day, full day and overnight trips. 

Breakaway Fishing Charters  808-635-9456
Headquartered in Kapaa.


Deep Sea Fishing Kauai   808-634-8589
Experience the ultimate Hawaiian adventure on a custom 31 Bertram Sportfisher.  Join Capt'n J on the sunny West side of Kauai.  Tuna, Mahi, Marlin, Ahi.  It's all good.

Sport Fishing Kauai  808-639-0013 or 808-742-7013
Two Bertram Sportfishers.  Private and shared charters of 1/2, 3/4, and full day.  Quality tackle provided, fishfinders on board, top notch captains, beginners welcome.

Lahela Ocean Adventures   808-635-4020 
34 Foot Custom Radon Sport Fisher.  Private or shared trips of 1/2, 3/4 , and full day.  Special "no-fish no pay" policies.  Certified for up to 14 persons -- just one of two Kauai boats allowed to carry more than 6.

NaPali Sportfishing  808-635-9424
35 Foot power catamaran.  Charters of 1/2, 3/4, and full day.  Extended trips to Niihau

Stand Up Fishing Charters  808-635-8862  or 877-887-0412
28 Foot Bertram.  Catering to beginners and seasoned anglers.  1/2, 3/4, or full day; AM or PM departures; Private up to 6 or Share up to 4 anglers.   Friends and Family are welcome at half price.  Discounts for direct booking.

Open Sea Charter Fishing  808-332-8213
www.open-sea.com  [inactive]
36 foot Hatteras with locally operated captain.  4, 6, or 8 hour charters.  Tackle provided. 

The best freshwater fishing is at Puu Lua Reservoir in Kokee State Park.  But the season is very limited [Daily Aug 1-16, and Weekends Aug and Sept].  Other reservoir's more convenient to Princeville also have good fishing.

Fishing in Paradise  -- 808-245-7358
Freshwater fishing guide service that takes you to the largest private and most productive freshwater reservoir in all Hawaii -- 424 Acre Waita reservoir [nearly a square mile in size].  Trips also available to Papua Reservoir.  Fishing in Paradise is also known by the name Kauai Freshwater Aquatics.

Catch and Catch Bass Tours  808-332-9707
17.5 foot bass boat plus a guide with 15 years experience on some of Kauai's most beautiful fresh water reservoirs is sure to yield rewarding results.  Airport and hotel pickup is available.  No experience is necessary.

Pudwill's    808-822-1965  [ask for Lono Bray]
Mauka and Makai Fishing tours to secluded rivers and reservoirs for the best in large mouth, peacock, and small mouth bass. 

JJ's Big Bass Tours   808-332-9219
Fresh water fishing guide service.


Lihue Fishing Supply  808-245-4930

Waipouli Variety  808-822-1014  [Kapaa]

Stan's Fishing and Liquor Supplies  808-335-5213  [west side]


Boat details for Kauai Charter companies

The Kauai Guide to Freshwatersport Fishing, by Glenn Ikemoto, and Published by Magic Fishes Press.

State of Hawaii, County of Kauai, Fishing Regulations -- free booklet provided when you purchase your license.

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