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Magic Sport Fishing

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Honolulu, HI, USA
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Jon wrote a review 4 Jul
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Went on a full day trip with Magic a few weeks ago. The boat was nice, but the experience was mediocre. We stopped on a pretty big school of mahi, and were only able to hook 4 of them, because our bait and hooks were huge. Left them biting... on top of that, one of the deckhands dropped one of them back into the ocean, and didn’t even mention anything to us. I know fishing is tough sometimes, but I felt that this trip had potential to be a great one, with a little more effort from the crew.
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Date of experience: June 2021
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dparis35 wrote a review Feb 2021
Oahu, Hawaii5 contributions2 helpful votes
Captain Russell and his crew were very professional. They put us on this fish and we were able to catch multiple fish from a Marlin to a couple of Ahi Tuna and an Aku Tuna. Great time great crew and would definitely love to do it again.
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Date of experience: February 2021
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Sav wrote a review Feb 2020
Honolulu, Hawaii31 contributions7 helpful votes
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My dad and I went fishing yesterday with captain Russel and his 2 deckhands. We did a full day charter, and we had the best time. We caught a blue marlin (130 lbs), 4 striped marlin (60-85 lbs) , and a yellowfin tuna (80lbs) ! The captain and crew were extremely knowledgeable and helpful through out the whole trip. We have never caught so many pelagic fish in one trip! If you’re trying to find a charter that will have your arm sore the next day then definitely go with magic sport fishing ! The captain to the crew were all outstanding.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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lydasmith wrote a review Feb 2020
Elkhorn, Wisconsin1 contribution11 helpful votes
We booked a 10-12 hour private tour for February 18th. This charter was something my 13-year old son had been begging to do for a really long time. We've done other fishing charters but this was our first deep sea ocean charter. This was an expensive adventure for us and therefore was given to my son as part of his birthday and Christmas gifts. I cannot even begin to tell you how disappointed he was. That Tuesday was our 2nd day in Hawaii and thankfully we had the remainder of our week trip to recover from this experience. We showed up at 5:15am to get started. We loaded the boat and started off. The crew dropped a carcass in the water from the previous day's catch, which of course left us all with high hopes. It was quite windy that day. We headed west to catch our bait fish and the plan was to continue in that direction as it would help with the wind and they claimed that's where the fish were biting as well so it wouldn't have mattered about the wind. It took us significantly longer to catch the bait fish than what they said was normal and seemed to take forever but we still remained confident. After well over an hour of just bait fishing, we had our bait and set out with hopes of catching some fish. That's where everything went sour. We experienced LOTS of big swells but I will say the boat handled well and it wasn't too rough. We did see some amazing views along with the sunrise but unfortunately, NO FISH. In past charters, we were able to be engaged with the crew, NOT this one. We sat and watched and hoped and felt very isolated. My son, who this trip was ultimately planned for ended up sleeping most of it out of sheer boredom. We kept hearing other boats over the radio chatting about their catches and bites but we couldn't share that success. We shifted gears with no luck at all. Several hours in, we did finally come upon several dolphins (who were quite fun and amazing to watch), which were told to us were the 'good' dolphins. They were the ones that the tuna typically run with. That got our hopes up. We had a bite but that was it. We went clear back east and out to deeper water, which meant a rough boat ride (and would have been worth it if we found fish) but still NOTHING. With only a couple of hours left, we did finally have about three decent bites, all of which were lost. I question if that shouldn't have been the case. The 2 deckhands spent the majority of their time up on the top of the boat with the captain. Each of the times that the lines were hit, we had to tell them at which point they then had to come down the stairs of the boat to do anything. They were almost completely removed from our experience. The one guy (I cannot recall his name) has been with this charter for about 2 years and working in the industry for about 6 years. He seemed knowledgeable and did chat with us some but not a lot. The other guy was nice but not nearly as experienced. The captain, while he seemed nice, barely said 2 words to us. With no luck after almost 11 hours, we headed back in. We had several live bait (our 'insurance policy' they called them) still left in the boat and were packaged up and put on ice and never used. We headed to the harbor with heads hung low, hopes squashed, tired and full of several mixed emotions. I would have understood the whole 'it's a risk you take' and 'no guarantee in fishing' but when you spend $1300 to work with what's supposed to be the 'best' you expect to at least catch 1 fish. What really got us though was upon our return to the harbor. The crew packed up and barely said a word to us. They treated us like we weren't even there. The one more seasoned crew member did offer an apology and tried to explain that the conditions just weren't ideal. What set me over the edge was the captain. He was on his cell phone and has he came down to the main deck, offered a handshake and NOTHING more. He could not even set his phone down to talk to us and give us the courtesy of a sincere apology or anything. This left with me with an EXTREME DISTASTE. We SO looked forward to this day and if I could rewind, I would not have chose this charter. The whole experience was poor (despite not catching anything) and we wasted what could have been a much more valuable day in Hawaii. If the conditions were that bad, the company should have offered us a different day or option instead of just collecting our $1300 for the day. Would NOT recommend. Very POOR customer experience.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Dream49758377709 wrote a review Jan 2020
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We did this charter while in Honolulu as it was the only charter we could find that allowed us to join other smaller groups. We had to be on the boat at 5:15 and the first 2-3 hours was spent boating out in the waters and catching bait to use for the bigger fish. There were 6 of us on the boat and we each had a number to indicate which line was ours. Unfortunately it didn't matter was we didn't get any bites all day. I have done multiple charters in my travels and this is the first time where no food or drink is provided (although they do have coolers to store anything you bring on board). I thought the price was expensive in comparison to what was provided (but I guess it is also Hawaii...)
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Date of experience: January 2020
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