Live Bait

Waianae, Hawaii, United States

 31 FT   4 PAX
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Hawaii Big Game Sport Fishing Charters Live Bait Style.

Blue Water Hawaii Fishing from the Waianae Coast

The island of Oahu in the Hawaiian chain has the privilege of being a gathering spot for large pelagic predatory fish. These fish constantly migrate in deep blue ocean water and when their migration is interrupted by an island they have a tendency to swim into the shallow water to feed.

The Waianae coast of the Hawaiian Island of Oahu is just such a place and large concentrations of Giant Blue Marlin, Mahimahi (Dorado), Wahoo, Yellowfin Tuna, Bigeye Tuna, Skipjack Tuna and at times even Bluefin Tuna congregate on Oahu's southwest shore along the Makaha coast. A quick perusal of the trophy fish images on this site will give you an idea of the quantity and quality of the big game fish available to anglers fishing on the "Live Bait".

Another big game species the frequents the western shore of Oahu is the Mahimahi. Although not as large as the Ahi and Blue Marlin, Mahimahi are ferocious feeders and fun to catch. A large bull mahi (male) will weigh in at 60 to 70 pounds and a large female at 35 to 40 pounds. Mahi travel in harems with one or two big bulls and a group of females.

Ahi Fever - Fishing for Yellowfin Tuna On the Makaha coast of Oahu, Hawaii

Giant Yellowfin Tuna (Ahi) school in large numbers along the calm Makaha Coast of Oahu. Unlike the north shore of Oahu where the fish occasionally migrate along the coast, every summer large schools of Ahi stop offshore of the Waianae Boat Harbor, sometimes staying in the same area for months at a time.

While other charter fishing boats are traveling for hours from distant harbors like Haleiwa, Ko Olina, Waikiki, Pearl Harbor or Honolulu to reach these fish the "Live Bait" is just minutes away. Because this annual congregation of big Yellowfin Tuna, the Waianae Boat Harbor is home to Waianae Hawaii's Ahi Fever Fishing Tournament.

Shannon and the crew of "Live Bait" missed a first place finish in the 2009 Ahi Fever Tournament by two pounds but were happy to go home with a second place in the 2009 "Ahi Fever" Hawaii's most prestigious fishing tournament.

Deep Sea Fishing around Fish Aggregation Devices

The state of Hawaii places offshore buoys around the islands to congregate fish, these buoys are called Fish Aggregation Devices or FAD's. Any place a small fish can hide from or out maneuver a larger fish will attract and hold large schools of smaller fish and the larger predators that feed on them. A log, cargo net or any other naturally occuring debris will often be a gold mine of mahi, tuna and Wahoo.

The state sponsored FAD's work the same way. Due to the low frequency of commercial ship traffic the state places more buoys along the Waianae coast than it does on the Eastern or North Shores of the island of Oahu. Because the Waianae coast is on the leeward side of Oahu the water is generally calm and as a result the buoys are much less likely to break away as they do in the always rough water on the windward North Shore.

If someone tells you that rough water fishing is better, don't believe it, they just don't have an option. Nothing competes with feeding live mackerel to tuna's or mahi's in calm water around a natural floater or a Fish Aggregation Device.

Captain Shannon Frazier

Shannon has been fishing most of his life. He has experience fishing in Cabo San Lucas and for the last 25 years, he has fished in Hawaiian waters including Kona and Oahu. After moving to Hawaii in 1981, he received a lot of experience fishing off the Big Island. Shannon started fishing off the Waianae coast in 1994 and in early 1997, he started fishing on the "Live Bait" with Captain Dale Simmons. In August 1998, Shannon has purchased the sportfishing business from Dale and is now the owner and operator.

As an angler, Shannon has lots of experience catching fish such as Yellowfin tuna, Wahoo, Spearfish, Mahi Mahi and Marlin. As a Captain he enjoys sharing the excitement of big game fishing with other anglers as they fulfill their dreams.

Captain Jerrold Michael McNulty

Born January 8, 1987, Captain Jerrold grew up mostly on the ocean. He sailed around the world with his parents when he was 8-12 years of age on a 38` Trimeran. He owned his own boat by age 9 and all he would do was fish.

He is an All-Star football athelete for Waialua Highschool as well as in swimming team. Once he graduated highschool in 2005, he started to work on charter boats as a deckhand, excelling his skills in fishing that he already had.

In 2009, he attained his Captain license and have been running charters ever since. He joined Live Bait Sport Fishing as a Captain in 2012 and had an extremely high record in catching fish from Ahi to a Marlin. On his days off, he loves to surf the waves of his home in North Shore. He is full of aloha, modest, kind, and loves giving the excitement of fishing to the anglers.

Nami Nishikawa Frazier

With her love for the ocean, Nami Nishikawa received her marine biology degree in 1996 at Tokai University of Marine Science in Japan. She spent last years of college researching the spawning behaviors of corals and rockcods in Okinawa Research Center.

Nami was born and raised in Japan, but has lived in the United States for the last 10 years. Being bilingual, she attained her license for the International Travel Guide in 1997. She is currently working for Live Bait in making reservations, promoting the business, and the other desk works. She also interprets for the any Japanese clients.

Nami loves to meet people from all over the world and enjoys being out in the sea from fishing to diving. Her motto is: Respect the ocean and She will give you back the pleasure of Nature.


The new "Live Bait" is a 31' 1977 Bertram Fly Bridge Sport Fisherman built in Miami Florida. She is powered by twin 220 HP turbo-charged diesel engines. cruises at 20 knotsand is designed for offshore and coastwise sport fishing.

Her deck layout includes an anchoring platform with roller windlass forward followed by a broad open deck. She has a fully functional tuna tower and her cabin is traditionally raked, complete with a private "head".
 Fly Fishing,  Light tackle,  Popper/Lure fishing,  Trolling,  Wreck Fishing
Shannon Frazier
Live Bait Sportfishing

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