A 9 hour, early morning Maui sport fishing adventure
Crewed by some of Maui’s most experienced and successful fishermen, the 35′ Blackfin, “Action Sport fishing” operates out of Lahaina harbor and is available for both share boat and private charters. This vessel is well maintained, and fully outfitted with top of the line equipment.
This is an early morning (O.K., middle of the night), 9-hour trip that can get you to Maui’s hottest fishing spots before the other boats have even left the dock. Action’s sportfishing charters are more appropriate for experienced anglers, and/or adults with a sense of adventure. We suggest you leave Aunt Tilly at home.
- Trip Types offered: Privates & Shares (9 hours)
- Capacity: up to 6, not including captain and crew
- Minimum age: 12 yrs (14 recommended)
- Check-in location: Slip #12, Lahaina Harbor
- Departure time: 0230 hrs
- Penn International rods and reels in 50# through 130# class
- Fishfinder, GPS
- Twin control stations, auto-pilot
- Clean, modern head
- Shaded salon
- All tackle & ice provided
- No license required
- Action accepts, Visa, MasterCard, American Express & Discover
2017-18 Charter Rates
- 9 hour share: $279.00 + tax = $299.00 per person*
- 9 hour private: $1399.00 + tax = $1,499.27 for up to 6*
Action Sport Fishing Reviews
Scratch one off the bucket list
Just finished one of the best fishing experiences of my life. Landing an Ono (Wahoo) is now crossed off my 'bucket list'. Went out this morning with Captain Johnny and deckhand Pono on a share boat after spending a couple of hours scratching up live bait (not an easy task today, and something that very few other charter boat captains even bother with) we ran hard to a Fish Attracting Device that Captain John had chosen to be at just as dawn was breaking. That is one of the advantagesof this trip, the ability to be the first boat to the widest selection of FADs or wherever Johnny believes his clients will have the best probability of catching fish. We started with dead baits in order to beat the trigger fish that would try to steal those. Wits once the sun was up a little higher. The Mahi (Dorado) were there and began hitting the baits that were presented but not taking the hook, just the baits. Johnny switched to the live baits we had worked so hard collect earlier and we began to get hookups and bring Mahi to the boat. He then had Pono mix dead baits back in and our hookup rate continued to improve. After landing 10 or so Mahi one of the group boated a small Ahi Yellow Fin. Johnny again switched it up and had Pono replace the bait hooks with skirted lures and we continued to hook and land fish. When the bite slowed a little bit he changed up again to the Kelp Patty special, a 5 1/2 " silver and pink lure that one of the other captains in fleet has also had success with. Had not been in the water more than a minute or two when it was slammed by an Ono that sawed right through the 80 lb. leader on the strike. Never willing to give into the fish Johnny had Pono dig out the other lure of the same type and rig it to the line on one of the 50s and out it went. Only to meet the same fate a minute or two later. This time I actually saw the Ono come out of the water on the strike and thought he just slammed it and missed. Until I realized that the line on that rod was, once again, just line in the water with no lure. Now it was game on and Johnny had Pono switch to a couple of bent butt 80s with much heavier high speed skirted trolling lures. Meanwhile one of the 50s still out hooked up and the guy in front of me in the rotation landed one of the bigger Mahi caught this morning. It was not long until one of the 80s went off. This time the Ono was not able to saw all the way through the leader on the strike and after stripping a fair amount of line I was able to bring the fish to the boat. Johnny came down from the fly ridge and together he and Pono made certain that I could cross 'catching an Ono' off my fishing bucket list.
I have fished with Captain Johnny since he was a deck hand years ago. And I have always enjoyed his intense desire to catch fish, even on those rare trips where it is more fishing than catching. And suffice it to say that I will continue to fish with John every time I come to Maui until I am no longer able to crank a reel.
If you want to take the sport fishing trip on Maui with the highest probability of catching, the 2:30 am 9 hr trip on the Action with Captain Johnny is your best possible choice.
Excellent Fishing Experience!
Captain John and deckhand Rob are exceptional fishermen and guides. We had a private charter for four us and it was a trip of a lifetime. Within minutes of our baits hitting the water we had a triple hook-up of tuna. My buddy reeled in a 78lb Yellowfin Tuna. Rob and John got it on the deck and we were back to fishing in short order. We hooked up a gain in about 15 minutes and boated a 98lb Yellowfin! By the end of our time on the fishing grounds we had caught 5 smaller yellow fin and 6 or 7 Skipjack which made excellent Poke.
Great Trip! I would definitely book with this boat and crew again.
Start Me Up Captain Johnny Hands Down the Best
Went out on the 10 hour trip out of Lahaina harbor wit Captain Johnny and his deckhand caught 13 fish in total between the three of us on the trip, as I was informed prior that we needed 4 people to go out, but Johnny took us anyway. The sea was a bit ruff weather was great caught Ono, Mahi Mahi, Tuna Captain Johnny Allowed us to keep most of the fish (which is a plus, but not expected) as we went fishing with him. This was on the Action boat and Thanks Start Me Up and Lili Crawford for her recommendation. I'll will be coming back to go fishing with Captain Johnny.
They wore us out catching fish
Lili. Just wanted you to know Action didn't disappoint. They wore us out catching fish. This was my 3rd trip with this boat and every trip has been an experience of a life time. When your back and arms are so tired you can't catch another fish. Not only was I wore out. So we're my 3 sons. Ages 31, 29, and 26. I would call that a success. Everyone caught the biggest fish of their lives. And we have fished all over the world. Thanks again for a memory of a lifetime. We boated two 100 lb, a 150 lb, a 200 lb, and a 250 lb gray reef shark. Multiple tuna and wahoo. Captain John cleaned the fish for us at the dock and we had a fresh fish dinner that night. What a day!!! Thank you! Ken
These guys put us on the fish! I had some minimul sport fishing experience before, so was excited about the oppertunity to get on a proven "no-nonsense" boat. Jon and Rob are pros, these guys know what they are doing. There were some decent waves, and the ride got a little choppy, but when we got to the fishing grounds, we started putting fish in the boat. All 5 clients had a tunu around 30lbs within the first hour of fishing!
Trolling for the rest of the morning was equally productive. We caught 2 swordfish, more tuna, and 3 wahoo, there was a small mahi-mahi caught earlier too. I WILL be fishing with these guys again asap!
Great day with John and Rob on the Action Lots of small tuna and some (5) big Mahi. Early morning and rough water but these guys work non stop to get you into some great fish. They tell me yesterday was even better
Had a great time
Lillie, thanks for hooking me up with the boat “Action”. Had a great time. The boat brought in 3 mahi mahi’s and 5 yellow fin tuna. Five stars in my book!
Thanks for the great advice of fishing on the "Action". My wife and I had good time. Jukki and Johnny were a great team and very professonal. I would say we had a pretty good day comming in with about 10 Mahi Mahi and 3 Ahi. Hopefully we will be back again next year. Thanks again.
Great sport fishing trip
I am an avid fisherman from NJ on vacation in Maui and wanted to do some sport fishing. I have fished in Maui before and had a nice catch, but I wanted to catch more fish. After doing some research I went with "Action" Sport fishing. Captain John and Mate Rob were on the money. We were on fish from the time we reached the buoy until we left the buoy. About 4-5 hrs of hard fishing. We caught mahi mahi, skip jack tuna and tangled with bronze whaler sharks. At one point we had 3 fish on constantly for about a hour, as fast as we could reel them in and Rob get them in the fish bag. My arms hurt for the next 12 hours. If you are into fishing that is a good thing. I would recommend this boat and trip to anyone who is serious about fishing. Thanks for a great trip and I look forward to doing it my next visit to Maui.
Killer and John were great - very professional - they put us on fish immediately and switched locales and techniques just when it was needed. 10 mahi to 35lbs, 5 tuna (small ahi) and 2 ono to 35 lbs.. a great day of fishing. It's a long trip out to the FAD beyond Molokai but well worth it.
I've fished all over the world and the captain and mate on this ship rank at the very top level in terms of expertise - no nonense.. they get it done..