When reviewing a fishing charter one should always remember that it's fishing not catching. I went out on the 8 hour trip and our boat left late due to one of the fishermen and not because of the charter. My captain was Danny and the deckhand was Josh. Both did a fantastic job and although we did not catch fish it wasn't for lack of trying. Josh recommended I try the 9 hour trip, it leaves the dock at 2:30 am.
I booked the trip for Saturday, the captain for this trip was Jason and the deckhand was Johnny, we left the dock on time and we motored 40 miles to a buoy south of Maui. We started fishing before daylight and quickly had 4 tuna on board, they were around 10 – 15lbs. Then the bite slowed down and Johnny told us that we were going to reel up and motor to another buoy about 10 miles west. When we got to the buoy we were the only boat there. Johnny dropped the first line in the water and before it was down 20 feet there was a fish on. While one guy was fighting the fish Johnny dropped another line down and a fish hit immediately. I fought that fish and Johnny dropped another line and another fish, and another line and another fish. The Tuna were biting on everything, the next two hours were frantic as we fought 4 fish at a time, and as soon as one was landed another was on. We ran out of bait and started using pieces and scraps of old bait and when we ran out of that we threw squids in the water. At last we no longer had any room for more fish and had to call it quits.
6 fishermen, 41 tuna, 2 hours and back at the dock at 11:30. The biggest fish was 46 (mine). Would love to upload pics but I don’t see a way to do that. So the rating is all 5’s and not because of the second trip but because they are great people, care about you enjoying your trip, try hard to catch fish and will do anything to make the trip enjoyable.
Fish or no fish, Start Me Up will be my charter of choice and I will recommend them to everyone.