Professional Lahaina sport fishing charters
Start Me Up Sport Fishing oversees the largest fleet of sport fishing boats on Maui. Most of their maui fishing charters are run on identical 38′ Bertrams. They also operate 42′ Bertram (Jun Ken Po), a 42′ Dorado (Cuz), and a 35′ Blackfin (Action). This page covers Start Me Up’s standard sport fishing charters.
All their fishing boats are well maintained and fully outfitted with the latest equipment.
Start Me Up’s sport fishing charters depart daily from Lahaina harbor. Targeting mahi mahi, ono, ahi tuna and billfish like striped marlin, blue marlin and spearfish. Be sure to fish early in your trip as the crew will gladly filet a portion of the days catch for all guests to enjoy a hearty fresh fish dinner or two during their stay on Maui. Appropriate for both beginners and experienced anglers.
- Penn International rods and reels 20# through 130# class
- fighting chair
- fishfinder, GPS, auto pilot
- twin control stations
- refridgerators and freezers
- Color TVs with DVDs
|8 hrs||$1399.00||$279.00 pp|
|6 hrs||$1099.00||$219.00 pp|
|4 hrs||$699.00||$169.00 pp|
Rates do not include 4.16% state GET, 3% harbor fee, or gratuity. There is a minimum of 4 passengers to confirm a shared trip. Cancellation is 72 hours in advance or 7 days during the Christmas holiday. When reserving more than one boat, cancellation is also 7 days in advance.
Trip Types: Private, share-boat and sport fishing charters
Minimum age: 8 yrs on shares
Check-in location: Lahaina harbor, slip #12
Usual Departure Time: 0530 hrs.
Departure times for morning trips are 5:30 a.m. for 6 & 8 hour charters, or 6:00 a.m. for 4 hour charters. Afternoon trips depart at 10:30am, or 12 (noon)
Robert Coiner’s 13 year old nephew, Chase lands his first marlin on July 17, 2017
Best Day Ever
Went with Captain Timmer Putnam and Chris. Left at 2:30 am and went out 4 hours,I slept on the way. When we got there Chris gave me a lesson on how to handle a big one. Once he put the lines in the water it was ON! I started catching Mahi Mahi one after the other. I was so excited and tired that Timmer asked if I wanted a break. I told “I may never get a day like this and i am not getting out of this chair” When the bite finally stopped i caught 18 fish from 10 to 30 lbs. We trolled for marlin on the way in but no hookups, but that didn’t matter. I will never forget that day and the crew of that boat. Chris worked his tail off and was so pleasant and professional. As I said Best Day Ever! Don Sterk
I would just like to say how amazing our trip was! Our captain was Steve Cravens and mate David Bergman.
Our day started with overcast, wind and rain and the crew was constantly changing baits for the best visibility and chances at getting bites. This was my wife's first experience deep sea fishing with me and I was hoping and praying it would be one she'd always remember, well it definitely turned that way as soon as the sun started peeking through the clouds.
Our first hook up was a 15lb Mahi followed by the biggest fish of the day, a 35lb 59" Mahi just minutes apart. The day was action packed after this and each client (5 of us) hooked up on fish, and I was lucky enough to hook up on 2! I will never forget the look on my wife's face when they yelled Rod 5!! This was assigned to my wife before we started our trip. The adrenaline started racing for both of us and she landed her very first Mahi.
I just wanted to thank everyone involved and let them know how grateful and appreciative I am for all their hard work getting us on fish and showing us a great time. I will definitely be back!!
I ended the day getting some nice fillets and put a deposit down with International Fish Mounts to get my fish Mounted. I can't wait to see this beautiful fish on my wall to look at and reminisce on an amazing day on the water with my wife and great company.
A Must Do!!!
This is the second time I've been fortunate enough to go out on one of Start Me Up fishing vessels. The crew Captain Chris and first mate Johnny were fantastic. Ironically Johnny was the first mate on my last trip seven years ago. Not only did he remember me but he had a photo of the 80lb yellow fin that I landed. Well we unfortunately didn't have any luck this trip it's still was the highlight of my vacation to Maui. These guys know what they're doing and ensure that the guests have a wonderful time . I highly recommend them and will most certainly be a return customer on my next trip to Maui.
We had an amazingly good trip with Johnny (Captain) and Chris (First Mate). They had the boat setup and ready to go right when we arrived at the marina. We had a great cruise out to the FAD with some great conversation and entertaining stories. Once we got out to there, we had a fish in the boat within 15 minutes. Once we started trolling back towards Maui, we hooked a marlin and had a great fight with it. Got it in the boat thanks to the excellent direction of Johnny and Chris. Got back to the marina and weighed and we had a 250 lb marlin and a 50 lb yellow tail tuna. Awesome day, great guys and we were thrilled with the catch. I would HIGHLY recommend this company if you want a fun, hard-core fishing trip.
Slow day, professional crew
Just wanted to give you some feedback on our fishing trip today. Although the fish were not running, I can't speak highly enough of Ross and his deckhand. fantastic professional operators and did everything they could to get us on the fish. They are great guys and a true credit to your business!
Maui fishing tour
Let me start it by saying I work in a customer service field and if I had someone treating customers the way I was treated he or she would be looking for a new job! The fishing was slow but that's not the issue. Fishing can be good or bad. We had a few hits and one guy landed a striped marlin which was very cool. The captain of the boat (Chris) was excellent and put us on the fish. My issue is with the 1st mate(Jonny), he was an arrogant asshole from almost the first moment in. Every question I asked was met with a snide comment or just plane ignorant answer. For example I ask if he ever gets to fish on the boats? His answer " no why the hell would i do that I spend enoughtime on the water why would I want to do that. Even my son and father in law couldn't believe how much of an ass he was. In short great captain, great gear, good boat but I would never spend that kind of money with them again, and would not recommend anyone else spending money there either.
What a great day!
What a great trip. We went on the Jun Ken Po with Captain Chris and First Mate Matt and I can't tell you how much fun we all had. We fish often and the excitement that these guys show with each and every fish we caught was great. You want someone who wants a fish as bad as you do and Chris and Matt were the guys. We researched a long time before we booked with these guys as we have done other charters and been discouraged with their lack of effort. We had 6 people on the 8 hour charter and everyone caught one but one. Not bad odds 5 out of 6. They allowed us to clear the lines and put lines back out and even rigged outriggers. Many times we are told by other charters to sit and wait for the line to release....there was excitement and lots of activity. They changed things up if they were slow and we learned lots from them. Would book again in a heart beat. Thanks Chris and Matt. This Montana family was very happy and you were right ....the spearfish was excellent eating. Thanks!
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Went out with Captain Jason-Captain Hook!
Had a great trip slow fishing but did catch a small tuna and a twenty pound Mahi Mahi early in the morning! The crew was also very helpful and informative with any questions we had. We will go out with them again on our next trip!
8hours trawling on Cuz.
Unfortunately it just wasnt our day on the high seas. Despite the efforts and persisitence of the crew to ttry to put us on the fish we didint get a hit. We went way out deep to 1000Ft to try for Yellow Fin Tuna and in closer for Ono which were being caught regularly in June/july but it wasnt to be.
Great day out and saw hundreds of Dolphins and a few large turtles
Next time well get em....
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My complements to Captain Mike and deck hand Jack. The boat was clean and well equipped with the proper rods. Although the fishing was a little slow they did all that was possible to find fish. We caught a couple of nice Mahi Mahi. The best for myself was fishing tuna on a light rod. Never done it but will do it again. Fish in many places and have to say that Captain Mike and Jack were first class and would ship out with them anywhere . Thanks Start Me Up and Lili Crawford for her recommendation.