Why Kona Fishing?
Kona is nestled off the leeward side of the Big Island, Hawaii. Kona means "calm" in the Hawaiian language, and that is exactly the water you will most likely be fishing in. It’s essentially the largest sea mountain in the world. Being 2,600 miles away from any large landmass makes these islands an ideal place for the pelagic to feed and breed. The run from the harbor to the fishing grounds is incredibly sort, with the water dropping to 600 feet just outside of the harbor to 6,000 feet only three miles offshore. You have a shot at any of six species of fish that can be caught throughout the year. Blue Marlin, Black Marlin, Striped Marlin, Shortnose Spearfish (rarest billfish in the world), Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo, and Mahi Mahi. Bring your own beer or alcohol Bring sunscreen, hat, sunglasses. Shoes or slippers must have boat-friendly soles.
We will be happy to give you fish to cook or recommend an establishment for cooking your catch. WE DO NOT SHIP
The Common Catch
credit: Farish Media
The 2nd Offense is a 43' Allied Marine with a custom-designed and built hull, there were only 14 were made with only two left in the world. Her big sister, The Marlin Magic II (a 54’ Allied Marine), also happens to reside in Kona.
This Allied raises Monsters. To date, the 2nd Offense’s two largest marlins weighed in with a 1,400 lb Blue Marlin with Captain Marlin Parker and a 1,102 lb Blue Marlin with Captain Jason Holtz. The hull and structure of the Allied were built solid with fir framing and marine ply, a marine adhesive similar to 5200. She has cedar crown and cove planking and is quilted every 4”.
In 2018, the vessel went through a complete overhaul and refurbishment. Nothing was left untouched: Rewiring throughout the entire vessel was completed and upgraded power. In 2019, after being crowned 2nd Offense, this boat was graced with dripless rudder tubes and new VEEM props. In 2020 she had her wood bottom glassed solid with one layer of Knytex fiberglass and two layers of cloth to make her bulletproof.
Two new Cummins QSC’s 8.3 liter 490hp- 600hp motors cruise at 28 knots, with a top speed of 33 knots
PHAZOR 9.5 KW generator
Two new Cruise Air A/C in the salon and V- bertch that would chill an ice cube
Two deep sliding refrigerators
Drink box and an extra deep ice box built into the bulkhead
Fusion entertainment system
Super comfortable salon with newly
upholstered settee, wide day bed, and plenty of window space to still see the Blue Marlin crash bite while taking a rest, too easy!
For tackle and electronics we spared no cost, only the best will suffice in this Sport of Monsters!
New Release Marine Fighting and Helms chairs
Garmin 16” XSV chart/recorder
Garmin autopilot and VHF
Two hardtop bridge teasers
LP dredge reel with custom rod
Five 130 class Shimano 2 speed reels
loaded with 200lb Spectra line and
topped off with the best mono in the
Five 130-class custom rods made by A1A Rod Builders
Four Talica II 50’s loaded with 130lb
Spectra line topped with 50lb Momoi
Four 50/80 class custom rods made by A1A Rod Builders
Three Custom Australian flying gaffs
Chair harness by Seamount harnesses
Tagging equipment and, on occasion,
Impeccable rigging gear
Trolling hooks, mostly by Nick Durham of TANTRUM Lures
Lures mostly by MARLIN MAGIC,
TANTRUM, KOYA, COGGINS, ELKINS and various other backyard makers!
Meet The CaptainWhere have you been?
Captain Kevin Hibbard, born June 4th, 1972. Moved to the Big Island of Hawaii from St. Augustine, Florida January 1995 to pursue a career in fishing for Blue Marlin and has never looked back since. I was fortunate to get to fish w the best Captains here that shared there knowledge w me. That eventually gave me the traveling bug, wanting to go fish for Giant Blue and Black Marlin around the world w the best guys in the business. Azores, Cape Verde, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, and Costa Rica, still my favorite place is where we live, Kona. I specialize in Heavy Tackle and Lure fishing as well as chasing World Records on conventional rod and reel and on Fly Rod. I’ve had my USCG Captains license since 1998 No other place is as special to me in that we have the shot at the biggest fish in the world, at any given moment on any given day! Just be careful what you wish for!
• Pelagic Pro Team since 2003
• Seamount harness’s
• Grand Slam Tackle
• Multiple tournament wins
• Light tackle World Records as Captain and as mate.
• Won 1st place (2ND OFFENSE) in the 2019, 60th Annual HAWAIIAN INTERNATIONAL BILLFISH TOURNAMENT.