One of the most common questions I hear is, “Will it be rough?” Hey, if I could predict the weather, I’d be making a lot more money that I can in the Maui fishing business!
All jokes aside, safety is always a captain’s first concern. While some captains might take people into rougher conditions in pursuit of fish, they won’t knowingly endanger their passengers. Your crew will be monitoring weather reports closely, and would prefer to cancel a trip before they put you (or their vessel) in a dangerous situation.
Weather cancellations are ALWAYS captain’s final call. This is why we’ll request a contact number from you when you book your fishing charter. All confirmations contain the charter company’s direct phone number. If you are concerned, by all means PHONE them, but not more than 4 days in advance.
Here’s what I’ve learned after dealing with Hawaii weather patterns for nearly 30 years…
- Do not change your plans based on potential weather events more than 4 days out.
- Try to be flexible.
- Marine forecasts are not the same as the forecasts you see on TV or your regular online weather reports. Most only report weather over land (“possible windward and mauka showers in the afternoon, winds 5-15 mph.”) The offshore conditions can be very different.
- Just because it is raining at your hotel does not mean it’s raining offshore.
Weather cancellations may take place the day before, but often you’ll find yourself down at the dock before dawn only to be told it’s not a good day to fish. If your fishing trip is cancelled due to weather, you will NOT be charged. You may reschedule provided there is room, though you are under no obligation to do so.
If a captain gives you the option to cancel your fishing charter because of uncomfortable weather, I’d advise you to consider it.