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Start Me Up Sportfishing Private Charter

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Start Me Up Sportfishing Private Charter Full day (8 hrs)
Start Me Up Sportfishing Private Charter 3/4 day (6 hrs)

Regular Price: $909.00

Special Price $899.00

Start Me Up Sportfishing Private Charter 1/2 day (4 hrs)

Regular Price: $609.00

Special Price $599.00

Start Me Up Sportfishing Private Charter 1/4 day (2 hrs)

Regular Price: $309.00

Special Price $299.00

Quick Overview

Sportfishing on Maui provides fishing for all Hawaii's fabulous game fish Mahi, Ono, Ahi, Spearfish, Marlin and many others. Start Me UP Sportfishing is a modern, clean and comfortable 42 foot custom built fishing boat. Their private charters offer the best sportfishing deal on Maui. Kid friendly activity and great for family fishing adventure. Departs from Lahaina Harbor, all the fish you catch are yours to keep, or have it mounted or tag and release. It's your choice. Plus the crew will filet enough of your fish for a Maui dinner for free!

Start Me Up uses live or dead bait, lures or whatever it takes to put a bend in your rod and a smile on your face, plus they take 300 pounds of ice daily to take care of your catch! All you need is your food & beverages. They provide ice, tackle & the experience to help you catch the FISH OF A LIFETIME.

Kid friendly private charter fishing boat Maui Start Me Up

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You probably have questions...
If we don't provide the answers below, be sure to email us.


What species do you fish for?

We target big gamefish, particularly blue marlin, striped marlin, and black marlin, ahi, kawakawa, skipjack (tuna), mahi mahi (dolphin fish -- NOT Flipper!), ono (wahoo), and spear fish.


Do you have a special 'plan' for the day? A particular 'route' that you fish?

NOPE. Each day is different (this is what keeps us going!). Where we end up depends on a number of factors such as weather patterns, recent bite locations and...most of all...sheer gut instinct. With 31 years experience fishing in Hawaiian waters our "instincts" are getting pretty well honed.

We prefer to leave early in the morning (5:30am) from Lahaina Harbor, though if you prefer a shorter, afternoon trip we can arrange that too.

Lahaina is typically the calmest of the Maui harbors and is relatively close to the more active fishing destinations. We are roughly 45 minutes from the neighbor islands of Lana’i and Kaho’olawe, and about 1 hour from the island of Moloka’i.

We are one of the fastest boats in Lahaina Harbor which gives you more time where the bite is!

We might pick up some smaller fish for live baiting (depending on the bite), and/or troll with artificial lures.


Would you recommend the trip for non-fishermen?

Start Me Up is a high-end vessel, with an air-conditioned cabin, bathroom, TV, VCR, and well-equipped galley. Non-fishing passengers will find it very comfortable. The scenery is spectacular and a camera is recommended.


What should we bring?

You will need to arrange for food and beverages for the day. It is best to do this the night before as there's not much open early in the morning. We'd be happy to put you in touch with a caterer who can prepare a nice deli luch for you and your party for the trip. We will supply all the ice and fishing gear.

Contrary to popular belief, you DO NOT need a fishing license to go sportfishing.

Oh, and don't forget your sunscreen, and and/or sunglasses, camera and other personal items!

And, of course, any “lucky charms” you may choose to bring with you will not be discouraged.


Do we get to keep the fish we catch?

Absolutely - every last one!  While many sport fishing companies in Hawaii will tell you "the fish has to stay with the boat," Start Me Up's policy is exactly the opposite.  If you catch it, you can keep it!  We'll even filet enough fish for you and your party to enjoy a scrumptious seafood dinner.  Keep in mind that there are no canning/processing/shipping facilities on Maui, so we recommend fishing with us earlier in your trip so that you have fresh fish for the remainder of your vacation.  If you don't want to keep your fish, you can also choose to have it mounted - just ask your captain for more information.


What are your booking proceedures/cancellation policies?

If you book a sportfishing charter with us, we will take a credit card number to hold your spot. 72 hours in advance of the charter your card will be charged the full amount. If you'd prefer to pay by Traveller's Check or another form of payment, make sure to let us know, so we do not charge your account.

Should you need to cancel your charter, you will need to contact us at the phone number on your reservation no later than 48 hours in advance of your departure.


What about foul weather cancellations?

On occasion, we are forced to cancel charters due to poor weather conditions. In such cases, the captain always makes the call. We will inform you of such an occurrence as soon as possible. You WILL NOT be charged for cancellations made by the captain. If foul weather is suspected and you are concerned, be sure to call us. We'll keep you informed of the status of your trip.

Start Me Up Sportfishing is proud to be an active member of
the Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau

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ahi (tuna)
Above photo courtesy of Mike House.

mahi mahi (dolphin fish)
Sportfishing for
mahi mahi, ahi, ono and marlin.

Boats: 42' (L.O.A.) Bertram Sportfisher
Home port: Lahaina, Maui. Slip #36
Engines: Yanmar 350hp diesels
Cruising Speed: 22 knots
Top Speed: 26 knots
Skipper: Doug Armfield
  • Penn International rods and reels
    20# through 130# class
  • New Unlimited class fighting chair
  • fishfinder, GPS, auto pilot
  • twin control stations
  • an air conditioned cabin
  • refridgerators and freezers
  • 2 color TVs/VCRs
  • Ice, tackle



Top Woman Angler & 2nd Place Yellow Fin Tuna Division: Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament (HIBT), Kona, Hawaii. 27 boats entered.

All optional entries: Fourth of July World Cup Tournament, Kona, Hawaii. 49 boats entered. $11,000 purse.

All optional entries: Skins Marlin Tournament, Kona, Hawaii. 440lb. Pacific Blue Marlin. $36,000 purse.

1st Place: Huggo's Wahine Tournament (Na Pua O' Ke Kai). 530lb. Pacific Blue Marlin. 76 boats entered. $9,000 purse.

3rd Place Overall: Maui Jim Tournament Series.

We prefer to leave early in the morning (5:30am) from Lahaina Harbor, though if you prefer a shorter, afternoon trip we can arrange that too.

We prefer to leave early in the morning (5:30am) from Lahaina Harbor, though if you prefer a shorter, afternoon trip we can arrange that too.

Maui's Finest Sportfishing - Start Me Up!

Fishing Maui From novices to pros, singles to families
All are welcome at Start Me Up Sportfishing. See you on Maui Soon!
Fishing Maui Family owned & operated with 41 years
experience fishing Hawaiian waters.

Fishing Maui Custom-built 42 foot sportfishing yacht
Fully equipped.
Fishing Maui First class tackle and equipment provided
for your use, with Aloha.

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