During the summer, spearfishing is common along the North Shore, where reef fish and octopus are the desired take. The conditions are prime during this season with the calm, flat ocean surface. Shoreline fishing is also common from Mokule‘ia out to Ka‘ena Point and along the beach south of Laniakea. Remember that the area from the west side of Waimea Bay to the north side of Sharks Cove is a marine protected area and fishing or taking any marine species is strictly prohibited. Fishing gear is available in Hale‘iwa at Haleiwa Fishing Supply (66-519 Kamehameha Hwy., 808/637-9876, 10am-8pm daily).

Shoreline fishing at Ka‘ena Point.

Shoreline fishing at Ka‘ena Point. Photo © Ron Jones, licensed Creative Commons Attribution.

The North Shore is very favorable for sportfishing with deep water offshore and strong currents from the northwest that continually bring in bait and game fish. Several deep-sea sportfishing operators are located in the Hale‘iwa Small Boat Harbor if you’re interested in fishing for big game fish like wahoo, mahimahi, tuna, and marlin.

Chupu Charters (66-105 Haleiwa Rd., Slip 312, 808/637-3474) operates a 53-foot Hatteras with amenities like air-conditioning, a custom Pompanetter fighting chair, and top-of-the-line rods and reels. Bait, tackle, ice, and fish packaging supplies are provided. They offer full-day shared charters for $250, full-day private charters for $850, morning half-day private charters $700, afternoon half-day private charters $750. Private charters have a maximum of six passengers.

Sport Fishing Hawaii (808/721-8581 or 808/450-7601) operates a 47-foot Hatteras and charges for $650 for half-day charters and $825 for the full-day, 10-hour charter. They have a six-passenger limit.

Kuuloa Kai (66-195 Kaamooloa Rd., 808/637-5783) has private charters for up to six anglers and lets you take home enough fish for a couple dinners. They offer full-day charters for $800 and half-day charters for $700.

H2O Adventures Hawaii (808/864-3102) has five-hour deep-sea trolling charters for $500 and eight-hour charters for $700, with a four-passenger maximum. They also offer four-hour bottom fishing charters for $400 and six-hour trips for $600 with a maximum of six passengers.

Map of North-Shore, O'ahu Hawaii

North Shore

Excerpted from the First Edition of Moon Hawaiian Islands.