Kona fishing

Deep Sea and Bottom Fishing on Hawaii Island's Kona Coast

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Bottom Fishing and Jigging

Bottom fishing off the Kona Coast can be very entertaining as well as productive. There are some very interesting creatures roaming in the deep ocean here; some extremely ugly and some very colorful, some great eating and some not so much.

Sea Strike offers bottom fishing charters in shallow waters for family fun. These reef fish species are very colorful and as entertaining to catch for the adults as they are for the kids, while staying close to shore and enjoying the backdrop of the coastline and slopes of massive Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa.

Jigging is a vigorous style of fishing that's a workout for anglers and crew. Prepare to sweat. The bite can be heavy and the fish need to come up a long way. It's productive, and it lands a unique bunch of fish.

This page is dedicated to a sampling of our more interesting catches.

Hawaii State record
Hawaii State Record Opah

Captain Dale saw his first moonfish mounted on the wall in a taxidermist's office in Florida when he was young. He likened it to a "jackelope" because it didn't seem real. After relocating to Hawaii, Dale stopped by the fish market in Honolulu, and there for the first time, he saw a real moonfish. Since that day, Captain Dale decided that he wanted to catch one. He found over the next few years, that these fish were not caught on rod and reel, but by longliners. Talking to many fishermen, he couldn't seem to obtain much useful information on how to get one with rod and reel.

One day, while deep sea fishing on his own, he was bringing up a fish that didn't feel the same as the monchong he had been catching. He was excited to see this fish come into view but worried to see a shark following the fish to the surface. Determined to not allow the shark to share his catch, Captain Dale determinedly brought the opah to the boat quickly and hauled the 135 pound round fish over the side and onto the deck before the shark could get as much as a morsel. The moonfish, also known as opah in Hawaii, became the Hawaii State record, and still is.

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Steve Wozniak fishes with Captain Dale Leverone aboard the Sea Strike out of Kona Hawaii. Steve has been on a personal mission to catch 1,000 species of fish and obtain 100 world records. He has caught several different species on the Sea Strike and is pictured here with a palani.

Hawaii State record
Oil fish - also called butter fish
Hawaii State record
Monchong - ugly but delicious!

Just like many other deep salt water fish, monchong are not as colorful as fish found in more shallow waters. They also have thick skin, making them difficult to clean. This fish, however, is worth the amount of work it takes to haul them up from the depths and clean them. You can also discover some interesting creatures in the stomachs of monchong. We have found lantern fish and other alien-looking creatures inside monchong, which swim and feed in the very deep ocean. These fish are delicious! If while in Hawaii, you see monchong on the menu, be sure to try some. You will be impressed.

Oil fish are commonly caught on longliners, and occasionally caught on rod and reel. This fish comes up from the depths, and is a very delicate white meat fish with a lot of natural oils. It tastes buttery and goes down very smoothly. This fish has unfortunately been banned in some countries as food, because when eaten in large quantities, the oil can act as an over zealous laxative, which can become a problem for some people. The moral of the story is - have a piece of fish and enjoy, but don't be a pig. everything in moderation, as they say...

bottom fishing on Sea Strike
Hawaii State Record Randall snapper

Captain Dale holds the Hawaii State record for the Randall snapper. This snapper was named after Jack Randall, who discovered this species of snapper in Hawaiian waters.

While the Sea Strike specializes in fishing for pacific blu marlin and other flag fish, Captain Dale and first mate Jack just simply love to fish and are happy to just go catch something. When flag fish, such as billfish, mahi mahi, ono and ahi don't seem to be biting, and/ or if you just want to go have some fun with your family, and want to introduce the kids to this wonderful sport, bottom fishing is a great adventure, and Hawaii is the best place for it.

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