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Billfishery: we think thats what a fishing adventure is all about.
Going to Honolua Bay
Chartering a boat from either Oahu or Maui is an equally
acceptable choice, because the extra time it takes to get to the fishing grounds from Oahu
is offset by the higher charter rates on Maui. The Maui boats are about an hour away from
the bay, while the Oahu boats are about a days run. However, the Oahu boats are
almost as close to the prime fishing grounds as the Maui guys, so the idea from Oahu is to
work the fishing area on the first day, tuck into Honolua for the night, and hit it again
the next day or two using this beautiful refuge as a base camp. Maui boats can do the same
thing, but in a shorter period of time, so overall, the cost of a three day trip from Oahu
which gives more ground coverage will end up about the same as a two day run from Maui.
Take your pick.
In all conditions except strong Westerly swells, Honolua is
a safe refuge with a flat calm sea and a nice sandy bottom which provides a good grip for
the anchor. Even when the wind blows around the corner and the seas in the channel pick
up, Honolua remains calm and forgiving. There is almost no surge for most of the year, and
the sunsets are incredible.
Anglers wishing to spend a night or more in this bay should
be sure to bring the snorkel gear, as it is truly a remarkable place to see all kinds of
tropical fish in their natural environment. In fact, while spending a night in Honolua,
Kathy of Sportfish Hawaii was snorkeling around and actually saw an Ono swimming around in
the refuge. Had the striped tiger been outside the line, rest assured he would have joined
us for dinner that night!
Once you are convinced as we are that the North shores of
Molokai and Maui are grounds that need heavy exploration, consider Honolua Bay as a place
to spend at least one of your nights. The few extra miles from the grounds on the North
Shore of Molokai may mean a slight loss of fishing time while travelling, but the good
nights sleep should be enough of a trade off to warrant it.
The best time of year to spend the night at Honolua is any
day there is no Southerly or Westerly storms, which usually occur in the winter.
As with most of the anchorages around Hawaii, we recommend
you go with local skippers who know the grounds. We have spent many nights in these
wonderful places, but we learned the specifics from those who preceded us making the
experience so much more enjoyable.