The Island is full of Tourists that were here for the Thanksgiving holiday, actually most of them are leaving; however check ins are still high at the Condos on Maui, so we are looking at a busy December here on Maui. (especially over the Holidays~ activities like the Old Lahaina Luau are already sold out!) Anyway...I called around to all the boats this morning and the only boat that had room for tomorrow was Start Me Up. (mind you they have 6 fishing boats on Maui alone)
It's not that the Maui fishing boats are full; it's the opposite; People are here on Maui, they just aren't spending their precious $dollars on activities & tours on Maui.
Bottom line is if you want to go fishing on Maui, don't wait until the last minute! It is usually feast or famine for the fishermen. They will either be sold out around the holidays or totally available before & after. If you call direct you may not be told that they need 3 or 4 people to CONFIRM on a "shared" fishing boat and they only have 1 or 2 people scheduled.
While all Maui sportfishing boats do a good job; certain boats (or captains) are more requested than others. Like I have been told that Captain Fuzzy is 1 of the most requested Captain in Lahaina (he now owns his own Maui sportfishing vessel: Die Hard; instead of Captaining for someone else~go Fuzzy! ) the other is Captain Tad Luckey with Luckey Strike Charters~ Fishing on the 'Real Lucky' (same owner/captain for over 20 yrs! Captain Tad upgraded his boat a few years ago ) * he has a live bait well (the only 1 on Maui) and uses a down-rigger + he used to scuba dive a lot of the places he now fishes.
Call 1-888-841-9155 toll free for availability on all Maui sportfishing vessels or e-mail us at info@MauiVlaue.com or HawaiianSportFishing@gmail.com and we will reply promptly (open 8-5 Maui time)