In most states, the month of August signals many things – wrapping up summer vacations, going back to school, and getting back into a routine that often involves baseball practice, band rehearsals and sleepovers. For fishermen in Hawaii, however, August signals another thing altogether – the Lanai Rendezvous Fishing Tournament.
Going strong in its 43rd year, the tournament is by invite-only, with first priority given to those who have competed previously. A long-running tradition for many experienced fishermen from across the state of Hawaii, the tournament begins at 12:01am on a Friday morning and ends with a weigh-in on Saturday afternoon. While monetary prizes are given for the winners, the tournament is more about celebrating tradition and catching up with fellow local fishermen.
During last year’s tournament, the crew from the Marjorie Ann won the biggest fish jackpot for their 355 pound Blue Marlin catch, and along with the rest of the competitors, celebrated with an overnight camping trip at Lanai’s Manele Bay.
While not technically a sportfishing boat, The crew of the Marjorie Ann obviously has the skill set to do well the in the world of competitive sport fishing in Hawaii. Offering daily bottom fishing tours, Maui Fun Charters has definitely made a name for itself among fishing enthusiasts on Maui.
Also in August, they have been reporting lots of snapper catches while trevally is expected to increase as October approaches. Since bottom fishing is generally more consistent than sportfishing, this is a great way to see the island, get out on the water and enjoy a day of fun in the sun with the possibility of dinner for friends and family. With a current maximum guest count of six people, they are working hard to push that number closer to ten. While the process comes with its fair share of rigorous Coast Guard tests, this would open up the possibility for more guests to experience bottom fishing on their next Maui adventure.
Maui Fun Charters also recently announced that they have the equipment to begin offering private specialty charters for deep ocean fishing off the Maui coast. Using electric fishing gear that can work in up to 2,000 feet of water, the benefit of this type of fishing is the ability to catch larger and more fish, minus the muscle soreness. This custom fishing charter is weather dependent and cannot be guaranteed. We suggest people book a 4 hour private and state that they are willing to extend to the 5-hour deep ocean bottom fishing trip if conditions warrant. We’re looking forward to trying this ourselves!
For more information, contact us or call 1-808-344-3520. Mahalo for reading, and happy fishing!