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Light Tackle, Heavy Tackle, Bottom Fishing, Trolling, Jigging
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
The water gets very deep just a short boat ride off the island. This means that trophy gamefish species like yellowfin tuna, blue marlin, sailfish, and mahi-mahi can be caught without having to take a long ride out to the prime fishing waters.
This trip includes fishing licenses, tackle & bait, fish cleaning and packaging, coolers full of ice, and even complimentary photos and video of the trip! All the gear on board is IGFA qualified, so if you catch a trophy, you may be in the running for a record. All reels are made by Shimano, and the rods and tackles are of the highest quality. Whether you're just looking to catch your next meal, or chasing after the trophy of a lifetime, this is the trip for you!
The Kona Cowboy is a 1977 Bertram Flybridge sport fishing machine. Recently restored in 2019, she has all the bells and whistles needed for your trophy hunt. After you've landed the big one, kick back and relax on the couch, or get right back on the fish. With a max cruising speed of 25 knots, you'll get out to the big fish waters quickly.
Boat type: Flybridge sportfish
Model year: 1977 (restored 2019)
Number of engines: 2
Engine manufacturer: Cummins
Total horsepower: 700
Extras: kitchen, outriggers, fighting chair, indoor couches, tuna tube
Captain Shawn Slattery with Kona Cowboy Fishing Charters was born into a commercial fishing family. After the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, he decided it was time for a change, so he began offering private charters.
He took his commercial knowledge and set out to hunt trophies in Kona, and never looked back. He has a combined 35 years of experience between commercial and recreational fishing, and he's excited to share his years of knowledge with his clients.
I have fished all over the world and would rank Captain Shawn and crew among the very best guides I have fished with. Captain Shawn’s commercial fishing background and fishing network give him a solid edge. He knows what he is doing and has all of the right equipment to get it done. Better still, Shawn is great company. Interesting and personable, Shawn made our day on the water a wonderful experience. I look forward to fishing with him again. Book a full day for the best experience. Bring a camera for the whales and lots of sunscreen.
Our first trip to the Big Island to hopefully fulfill a life long dream of catching a Blue Marlin. Fortunately we booked Kona Cowboy with Captain Shawn, Kimberly & Hannah. My dream was catching one Marlin, I caught 5!!! The largest weighing 400lbs!!! It was the best time I’ve ever had fishing & I owe it all to Capt. Shawn & his crew. I truly believe he may be the hardest working captain to hook you up with a Marlin also.
Been on 10 different boats over last 30 years. Never had a captain try so hard to get us on the fish. Clean boat professional all around. Kona cowboy won’t disappoint.
All rods, reels, and tackle are included.
This guide will clean your catch for you.
Feel free to enjoy responsibly, but please no glass.
You will get a refund if the trip is canceled due to weather.
No meal provided.
Rods, reels & tackle
At an Additional Rate
No added costs.
Nothing required, we always recommend sunglasses, sunscreen, water, and weather-appropriate clothing.
A valid fishing license.
Payment & Tipping
After paying the deposit, a QR Code will be emailed to you. On the day of the trip, your guide will scan your QR code to automatically transfer the remaining balance. The only cash needed is for a 10-20% customary tip.
Yes, cancel for free up to 1 days before the trip.
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Honokohau Street, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, United States
Duration(s)4 hours, 6 hours,