Before fishermen discovered the edibility of fish, they used each catch as bait for larger species, hoping in the end to hook the biggest fish of all—friendship. Cast your line out for amiable adventure with today's Groupon: for $360, you get a half-day deep-sea fishing charter for up to six people from Humdinger Sportfishing (a $785 value) in Kona. Charters are available Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., or 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Four-time Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament award winner Captain Jeff Fay utilizes more than 40 years of experience and a 37-foot Rybovich fishing yacht to whisk casters to deep-sea hot spots. Each four-hour charter adventure departs from Kailua-Kona in search of finned enigmas such as mahi mahi, tuna, the white whale, short-billed spearfish, striped marlin, and blue marlin. Anglers need only bring their cunning fish-beguiling skills, as the captain will provide all necessary accouterments, including tackle, bait and ice, snacks and family-friendly beverages, an on-board bathroom, and the principle soprano for a rousing sea shanty.
Humdinger Sportfishing’s shipmates assist in the cleaning process of water breathers that take the bait, as well as the packing preparations for a trip back to the fisher's home. Humdinger Sportfishing happily supports conservation efforts, and offers the alternative of tagging and releasing billfish after they give up the location of all their friends and agree to pose for a picture. Fishing licenses are not necessary, but booked charters must give seven days notice for cancellations.
Humdinger Sportfishing's resident skipper, Jeff Fay, brings more than 40 years of deep-sea-fishing experience aboard his 37-foot fishing vessel. Passengers command the boat's supply of sturdy Penn International rods and reels, which can withstand the prodigious strength of tuna, blue marlin, and seahorses riding land horses. A proponent of conservationism and catch-and-release fishing, Jeff lets fishers take home their hard-fought nautical prizes but confers extra environmental brownie points on those who tag and release their catches, which helps to preserve populations and aids local research efforts.