FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
happens to the fish?
One of the biggest differences between our boats and others is our fish
disposition policy. We will cut any fish you catch for
you to enjoy for dinner while you are here on Maui.
A lot of boats in Lahaina Harbor will
charge you to fillet your catch or even worse make you buy the fish from
them. Make sure you understand what the fish policy is before booking a
charter in Hawaii.
What is included with my fishing charter?
Full or half day fishing charters include all bait, tackle and ice. The
captain and crew will provide everything needed to catch any game fish.
However, if you have a favorite lure or rod you would
like to bring, most skippers will certainly oblige.
What do I need to bring for the charter?
WHAT YOU CAN BRING:
WHAT YOU CAN LEAVE BEHIND:
Do I need a fishing license?
There are no fishing licenses required for recreational
sportfishing in Hawaiian waters.
How many people can go on the fishing charter?
Our charter boats are all licensed to take up to a maximum of six chartered
passengers plus the captain and crew. This is standard throughout the
world for big game fishing. Trolling more than 6 lines at a time can
sometimes cause the loss of that one big Marlin "bite of the day."
What time does the boat leave?
Typically on a full day fishing charter we leave at 6:00 a.m. and we
meet at Slip #7 in Lahaina Harbor at 5:45 to check-in. However, we can make
special arrangements in advance to accommodate your schedule. Please
with the captain 48 hours prior to the day of your charter.
How should I choose a boat?
Choosing a boat that is right for you depends on the type of
boat you like, the gear you want to use, and what you want to do with
the fish that is caught. Another big consideration is the fish catching
the boat. There are always a few boats in any harbor with
equipment that is in need of repair and will fail when you need it
the most. Our reels are rebuilt often and the line is replaced after a
long battle with a big fish. We have provided a photos and information
about each of our boasts so that you can choose the one that appeals to
you most. Some anglers like rugged macho fishing with no luxuries,
while others enjoy a bit
of comfort and amenities as well. If you have
a question about a particular boat, please feel free to e-mail
and he'll get the answer for you.
What are share boat trips?
Share boat trips are for anglers who don’t have the inclination
to book a private charter and would like to go fishing without paying
some $600.00 or so. The advantage, of course, is lower cost, but there
are several disadvantages. First, share trips generally do not go unless
the boat is able to get four or more passengers to go along. So, if you
are on a tight schedule, there is a possibility the trip might not
happen on the day you wanted to go fishing. It’s also difficult to go on
the specific boat you wanted because private charters tend
priority. Second, when fishing is slow, there are times when only one or
two fish are hooked up. With rotational watches on the rods, it may mean
you won’t get to fight the giant Marlin or big Ahi that strikes the
lures, and you may feel a little bit left out if this happens. Still, a
day on the water and witnessing the catching of a big fish firsthand is
pretty exciting, too. Third, personalities at sea tend to differ
greatly. Some people may become ill and want to go home just as the bite
picks up or maybe have a little too much to drink, creating a tension on
board between those who want to stay out and those who want to go home.
Do I need to bring tackle?
All of Finest Kind Charters boats provide tackle, bait, ice and
coolers to keep your beverages. However, if
you have a favorite lure or
rod you would like to bring, most skippers will certainly oblige.
What should I wear?
Dress as though you were going to work in the garden on a hot
summer day. T-shirts and shorts, a light baseball type hat, polarized
sunglasses, and preferably deck type shoes are perfect for your day on
Is there a bathroom on the boat?
Yes. We have a comfortable and clean head (bathroom) on the boat.
What if I want to have my fish mounted?
Finest Kind Charters will happy to start the process of having your
Most saltwater species of fish, including blue marlin, are not mounted
using the skin of the fish. The mounts are made of a fiberglass replica
mold using some parts of the fish. The size is determined by measurements taken from the fish.
Your fish may be mounted by both taking measurements of the fish at the
time of the catch, and then releasing your fish, or by taking the
measurements on the dock. Be sure and let the captain
know of your intentions in advance of catching your fish so he can take
the appropriate actions.
What if we don't catch any fish?
It is a simple fact of life that all fishing places, no matter
how good or how many stories have been written about them, sometimes
don't produce fish on a given day. Some people feel there should be a
guarantee in chartering a boat, however, what customers are paying for
is the opportunity to be on a boat with an opportunity to catch a large
fish and the story of a lifetime. We believe our angling customers
should enjoy the beautiful scenery, the color of the water and the sky,
the camaraderie with the crew, and the good fortune they have for being
on the water in Hawaii with the opportunity to catch a record fish at
any moment. However it is very seldom that anyone gets upset over
failing to catch any fish if the crew did everything they possibly could
to catch fish. If the crew shows us a good time and gives us a chance to
catch fish, that's all we ask for.
What about food and drink?
Bring all of your food and drink aboard with you. You will need
to purchase these items the day before because the stores aren't usually
open that early in the morning. (Except Safeway in Lahaina) Cans are
better than glass for drinks (glass is dangerous on boats.) For a
charter boat to serve food would require a special State License which
would add to the cost of the fishing trip. All our boats will have
coolers to keep your food and drinks.
We advise our customers who are unsure about seasickness to take a
seasick pill the night before the charter and another one hour before
the charter. Be sure to read the labels. Certain pills have warnings and
not all people should take them.
Most people think Bonine® is the best pill form, over the counter
remedy. Highly recommended! Don't let a doctor or pharmacist talk you
into any other kind of pill form. There are no others that are "just
like Bonine®". There's little to no side effect. The biggest mistake
people make with pill form remedies is that they take their first dose
either right before or right after stepping on the boat. That's too
late! It is highly recommended taking one dose of Bonine® the night
before your trip and another dose in the morning when you wake up.
Always check with your Doctor first.
What kind of sunscreen should I bring?
You will also want to bring your own sunscreen. We recommend a
sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher as the Hawaiian sun is very
strong, especially on the water. Also, a tip from Captain Charlie:
Tanning oil on a boat is very dangerous and should be saved for the
beach. Nobody wants to try to hold on to something and find themselves
in the drink because there was oil left on that part of the boat from
What about tipping?
We are in the service business and our goal is to exceed our customers
expectations. If you feel your Captain and crew has done a good job for
you on your fishing charter, tipping is always appreciated.
Similar to restaurants, tipping should be considered only
when service is good or exceptional. If the boat is clean, and in good
condition, and the crew are courteous, friendly and place you in a
position which gives the appearance you are about catch fish at any
given moment should be your guide as opposed to the final result. We
recommend tipping in the range of 15 to 20 percent of the charter rate
if you feel the service received was appropriate.
What if I'm on a Cruise Ship?
NCL cruise ship passengers in Kahului are
able to do a fishing charter on the morning of their second day on Maui, but
this will require a rental car and the drive time is about 40 minutes.
Lahaina cruise ship passengers are able to do a charter on the
morning of your first or second day and the boat leaves from the same harbor
where your tender arrives in Lahaina. Another fishing option may be in the
port of Kona on the Big Island.
Kona Fishing 4U for the best
boats on the Big Island of Hawaii.
What is the cancellation
There is a 48 hour cancellation policy. Should you fail to cancel outside 48
HOURS of your scheduled charter, your card will be charged the full amount
of the charter.
Cancellation Service Fee: No (0%) Cancellation Service Fee is applied
for cancellations made outside of the above cancellation policy set by the
If the captain cancels due to stormy weather and dangerous
conditions, there is no charge for the day(s) and a full refund for the
day(s) in question will be given. If availability allows it, the angler may
choose to reschedule the charter.
If the captain suggests canceling the charter due to
inclement weather and the angler insists on going, no refund shall be given
even if the boat only spends a short time at sea.
Note: there are no cancellations due to rain, since the rain
in Hawaii usually consists of localized squalls that come and go.