Bottom fishing charters
Departing from Mala Wharf in Lahaina, the Cooper V offers private and share boat bottom fishing trips along Maui’s west side.
Cooper V is a U.S. Coast Guard certified, 31′ Premium Custom Center Console licensed to carry up to 12 passengers. The boat’ll get you on the fish fast, often allowing for more locations than traditional bottom fishing boats.
- 350hp turbo diesel engine… this boat is fast!
- 360 degrees of walk around deck
- Simrad Color Recorder/GPS (fish finder)
- 15lb. test bottom fishing gear and tackle
- large Bimini top for shade
- Cooler with water, ice and sport drinks
- Cooper V does not have an enclosed head (bathroom) on board. It does carry a portable “emergency” toilet.
This charter is well suited for casual morning group fishing trips, recommended for families with school aged children (minimum age 12 on shared trips).
Fish caught will vary from small bottom fish including wrasses, triggerfish, goat fish and snapper (ta’ape) to larger Hawaiian reef fish like uku (gray snapper), papio, trevally, ulua (GT), jacks, barracuda, and occasionally shark, octopus and even the occasional mahi mahi and ono. The captain will clean and fillet your catch if desired. Cooper V is currently outfitted with 15lb. test bottom fishing gear. Anglers booking private charters are welcome to bring their own gear for a bit of whipping and casting along the coast.
All gear is provided, as well as a cooler with ice. Guests should bring a towel, hat, sunscreen, polarized sunglasses, camera, light cover up, and any food and beverages you’d like to enjoy during the charter.
Cooper V usually uses lures and dead bait. Live bait opportunities are possible on private charters, but only under certain conditions. All activities are at the captain’s discretion and are dependent on current weather conditions and guest skill level.
Private bottom fishing charters
|4 hour afternoon privates are possible following the morning charters. Departure times vary.
* Prices do not include 3% harbor fee or 4.166% GET. An additional 2% credit card processing fee will also be applied to all credit card payments (please let us know if you plan to pay with cash).
- Passengers: Max 10 passengers with 5 anglers at a time.
- Dates: Available 7 days per week.
- Departure Time: 6:00am. On occasion the captain may suggest an earlier departure. This is highly recommended!
- Afternoon charters: Departure times may vary depending on length of morning trip.
- Check-in Time: 15 minutes prior to departure at West Maui’s Mala Wharf boat ramp
Suggested Minimum Age: 5 years and older to fish. No minimum age to ride.
Shared bottom fishing charters
|trip type||departs||angler rate*||rider rate*|
|4 hour||06:00am||$199.00 per angler*||$69.00 per rider*|
|4 hour PM||departure times vary||$199.00 per angler*||$69.00 per rider*|
|5 hour||06:00am||$219.00 per angler*||$69.00 per rider*||* Prices do not include 3% harbor fee or 4.166% GET. An additional 2% credit card processing fee will also be applied to all credit card payments (please let us know if you plan to pay with cash).|
- Tour Duration: 4 or 5 hours
- Passengers: Max 5 anglers and 3 observers/riders
- Dates: Available 7 days per week
- Departure Times: 6:00am. Afternoon departure times vary.
- Check-in Time: 15 minutes prior to departure at West Maui’s Mala Wharf boat ramp.
- Minimum Age: 12 years and older.
- Minimum number of anglers to confirm trip: 3
These guys know how to fish
Went fishing today with Captain Jimmy and John. What an amazing trip. These guys know how to fish. I have chartered all over and consider these guys the best. Took my wife and 10 year old twins for their first ocean fishing experience and can’t tell you how accommodating and professional these gentlemen were. Caught multiple species and just had fun!! Will be booking again in the future. Thank You for an amazing experience!!
We had a great with Johnnie and Matt. A double header with a shark and a huge amberjack to start the day. Followed by many more amberjack and tuna. These guys are lots of fun and they put us on lots of fish. 100% would fish with these guys again.
Captain Jimmy is good.
Captain Jimmy and is crew are good. We are local and fish/dive/hunt/etc a lot. Normally we wouldn't charter and just fish our own boats, but wanted to give our wives a nicer, bigger boat experience (we have smaller boats 18-21s). Cooper V is a nice big, comfortable boat with lots of open space.
We did the AM one - vertical jigging in around 300 feet. We had good action and landed 4 nice kagami by around 10 am. In my opinion the bite is good from change of light until around 9 am and then on the first tide change. So basically generally crack of dawn until around 10 am. Then its the doldrums until afternoon bite which starts around 3:30 pm. Whether its bottom fishing, trolling for Ahi, live baiting, whatever, this for me holds true. So basically would recommend you booking Captain Jimmy for the crack of dawn start trip. Mid-day will almost always be slow. Aloha.
Had a great day with Jimmy and first mate Cody....water was very rough but nothing we are not used to....fishing was SLOW and they worked their butts off...we did catch fish for feeding 6 adults for two days so all ended well....and best of all it was not one of the guys who caught the big one...recommend the Cooper V as we also were able to watch near by up whales as they surfaced....all end well had a great day.....
I just want to thank the crew of the Cooper V for a most enjoyable time bottom fishing. Had a great time and caught fish too boot. My only regret was, I didn't have time to go out again. Looking forward to next year.
High winds kept us in closer to shore. The fishing was pretty slow, with only a handful of trigger fish and an octopus caught. However, the crew were fun to be around and made the trip enjoyable. When our 4 hours were getting close to expiring, they made the call back to shore to request that they keep us out a bit longer to try and catch some table worthy fish. They kept us out at least another hour to no avail. But it was great to see them continue to try to get us in some more fish. Would try them again.
I wanted you to know and to please pass along to the crew of the Cooper V (Johnnie and Paul) how much we enjoyed our time with them. Mike, Charles, Sean and I all agree this was the best adventure we had in Maui. We were met at the docks by Johnny and escorted to the boat, we met the Captain and headed out. It was perfect weather and the guys could not have been more accommodating. Did we want to whale watch or fish? Did we want to do both? So we headed out to do some fishing and enjoy the whales at the same time. Fishing was good, pictures were taken, and stories were born. One of the two were always there to make sure your bait was on the line and making sure that we had a good time. We all thought we were out fishing with our buddies, that is how well our morning went. It was actually a little sad for the morning of fishing to come to an end.
had agreat time with captain jimmy and mate johnny.very proffessional and good company.caught 5 and 7 foot sharks lots of smaller fish and took home some delicous jack fillets for supper.would highly reccomend this trip to any angler or family looking for fun in the sun.