Jesse specialises in flats fishing on the island of Oahu, including Molokai and Kauai, which have some smaller/deeper flats. Catering for novice to experienced anglers, fishing with Hi Tide offers the chance to get a shot at Trophy Bonefish, and land the fish of a lifetime.
After being collected from your accommodation in the Waikiki/Honolulu area, the day typically starts with a short boat ride to the local flats. Here, you have the opportunity to spend some time walking and stalking the big Bonefish on their feeding grounds, in depths from eight inches to three feet deep. Depending on tidal movements, this will often include a combination of both wading and fishing from the well-equipped, 16ft Action Craft skiff.
On the flats, there is a range of different species of Trevally also available, including Giant Trevally, or 'Ulua' Blue Trevally, or 'Omilu' and Golden Trevally, or 'Pa’o Pa’o'. Unlike other exotic bone fishing destinations, a good day in Oahu means they see 20-50 fish and have excellent shots at about half of them.
Conditions can be challenging as with any other saltwater fly-fishing destination, with strong winds seasonally, but the beauty of island life means that there is always shelter to be found. Typically, visibility is very good, allowing you to sight the fish or be put onto them while boating the flats, edges and drop-offs.
Seasonally, May to October is the summer period. The days are usually in the mid 20s and 'Trade Winds' are generally blowing in the afternoons. The winter is from November to April, during which the days are usually in the low 20s with occasional cold fronts making the temperatures drop and slowing the fishing to a small extent.
Hi Tide Fly Fishing also offers guided trips targeting Butterfly Peacock Bass in Lake Wilson located in Wahiawa. These Bass were first introduced to Hawaii in the early 1950s and offer the visiting fly-fishermen another wonderful opportunity to experience the natural beauty of the island. The best time to target Peacock Bass on Oahu is during the summer and into early fall months from May through to October.
On board, all fly gear can be provided for including Orvis Helios 2 and Orvis Recon rods with Orvis Mirage reels, and flies are provided.
Lunch, snacks and water is provided on full day charters. Lunch is either picnic style on the boat or a short ride to one of the local waterside restaurants.
As per all Fly Odyssey bookings, we will provide a comprehensive and detailed pre-trip fly-fishing guide, as well as advise of travel requirements prior to your departure.