5 best fish to catch in Hawaii
5 best fish to catch in Hawaii

The 5 best fish to catch in Hawaii and best tasting certainly are the Ono, Ahi, Mahi-Mahi, A’u and Aku.


Number 1 on our list of the 5 best fish to catch in Hawaii is Ono. Also named Wahoo, Ono is the most popular fish in Hawaii. It is a fast fish and is difficult to catch, making it a prize catch on our boat charters. This fish tastes similar to the mackerel, though the flavor is more subtle. In fact, Hawaiians love this fish so much, it is named after the Hawaiian word for “delicious.”


Second on our list is Ahi and refers to Bigeye tuna or Yellowfin tuna. Both are amazingly popular and delicious to eat. This fish is often grilled or eaten raw, as sashimi, sushi, and poke here in Honolulu. Yellowfin tuna has flesh coloration that ranges from pink in small fish to deep red in the larger ones. Large Ahi have a very high fat content, found very desirable for raw fish dishes, as well as for seared or broiled.

Mahi Mahi

The third is certainly is Mahi mahi. It’s another amazing Hawaiian fish to eat, even if you’ve had it at your favorite mainland seafood restaurant. Though popular the world round, Hawaiians probably have more experience cooking and eating this fish than any other groups of people. It’s common in restaurants and you should be able to find it without much trouble.


Number 4 listed would be striped marlin, or A`u, this Hawaiian name for all marlin species. It has the slenderest bill and the highly visible stripes. Of all the billfish, it’s high pointed dorsal fin and more compressed sides are very unique. The flesh color of striped marlin varies often being light pink to an orange reddish color. Fish with orange-red flesh are particularly desired for the sashimi market. Marlin with a pink or light colored flesh are often bought by the local restaurants. It is likewise considered the tastiest eating marlin with the tenderest flesh.


Lastly the Skipjack tuna also commonly known as Aku in Hawaiian. Other popular names for this fish include striped tuna and skipjack. This near surface schooling tuna is widely found in abundance in Hawaiian waters.

Overall and most importantly, our fishing charters strive to catch the 5 Best Fish To Catch In Hawaii. Call us or use our online calendar to book your Honolulu fishing charter today!