One question that we frequently receive from our clients is: How’s the Kaanapali Fishing near my hotel? Fortunately, we get to tell people what they are hoping to hear. The answer is that Kaanapali fishing is good.
Shore Fishing Kaanapali
If you are a fisherman who is coming to Kaanapali you are in luck! North Kaanapali beach is a great place for shore fishing. The long sandy stretch is much less crowded than the southern Kaanapali beach which makes it a much better location to put some lines in the water. If you are wanting to do some fishing without having to go too far you’re in luck. Kaanapali is a great place to get in some reel time. There are some coral heads that some Uluas (Giant Trivially) will use to wrap the lines around until they break. If you get a strike, be sure to reel it in as fast as possible or you will have a very high likelihood of loosing the fish.
Deep Sea Fishing Kaanapali
If you would prefer the action of fishing from a boat you are also in luck There are multiple fishing boats that depart from the Kaanapali Beach and the nearby harbors. The waters right in front of Kaanapali are not ideal for fishing because they are relatively shallow. Within about an hours time you can access much deeper water where you will have a much higher likelihood of hooking up to some pelagic fish like Ahi, Mahi Mahi, Ono or Marlin. However, do keep in mind that when you get into the deeper waters there is a likelihood of finding some bumps on the water. If you or anyone in your group is prone to seasickness you should make sure you make preparations to deal with this ahead of time.
Spearfishing is something that is done frequently in Kaanapali. It is generally frowned on to spearfish on the South (Black Rock) side of Kaanapali beach. There is no laws against it but the crowds can make it dangerous. The grounds to the north have much more fish and is generally known as a much better spearfishing location. If you are going to go spearfishing it is important that you familiarize yourself with the size requirements, bag limits and other regulations that apply to spearfishing on Maui.
If you are a fisherman who is coming to Maui and staying in the Kaanapali area we encourage you to take some time to get some lines wet and see if you can get lucky enough to catch dinner. Here is some information that you can utilize to find fishing gear, Maui fishing regulations or fishing charters.