Planning to go on a ski trip? You’ve already done that.
Then how about catching some waves in Hawaii? That’s nice. But too mainstream.
If you’re planning to have a family vacation in the tropics, why not try something completely different? Take your family somewhere completely unique, try activities that are new and innovative, get out of the hype train and visit places that are not all too often advertised on social media. Wait, I know! Why not try and take your family out fishing?
Hmm, Fishing? You’re probably thinking “So fishing is your totally new and groundbreaking idea for a vacation? We’ve been doing that for years!” Before you judge my creativity in vacation planning, give me the chance to expound on my idea of “fishing.”
I’m not talking about river-fishing for carp, I’m talking about fishing for 14-feet blue marlin in the heart of the North Pacific Ocean – Hawaii! Now, how’s that for a vacation pitch?
I’m sure you’ve never thought of doing this for a family trip before. But blue marlins are majestic creatures – a real treat for your adventure-seeking daughters or rambunctious sons. I’m pretty sure that the experience of witnessing Mother Nature’s beautiful sea creations will leave a lasting memory in their minds and hearts.
Here are fun facts about blue marlins that will make you want to go visit the Kona Fishing Charters pronto:
- Girl power – Female blue marlins are at least 3 to four times more sizeable than males (see reference). They can reach a height equivalent to two seven-foot basketball players. They also live an average of 9 years longer. Talk about females to watch out for.
- Predator More Than Prey – Blue marlins are not only big, they’re naturally endowed with a gift for combat as well. A blue marlin’s upper jaw, as you may have seen in pictures, resembles a spear. And, it actually is one! They use it to hunt food; preying on larger fishes like tuna and mackerel!
- It Only Takes Two To Tango – Blue marlins rarely travel in groups or schools; they’re rather solitary creatures. You’ll usually see them swimming in pairs.
- Cold-blooded, Warm Waters – Blue marlins are fishes and if there’s one thing we know about fishes, it’s that all of them are cold-blooded. But being cold-blooded doesn’t mean they like cold waters. Blue marlins like warm water temperatures. They usually migrate from one location to the next in order to avoid low water temperatures.
- Survival of the Fittest – In one mating season, females can give birth to up to 7 million eggs (talk about family planning). However, one sad fact is that only less than 1% of these eggs will survive and become adults. Some eggs die naturally but most others get eaten by other marine creatures. Don’t worry, it’s all a part of the cycle of life.
Intrigued, yet? Imagine having to witness these magnificent creatures in the flesh! That would definitely be a sight to see. However, many people believe that fishing in open waters is dangerous – much more when you’re fishing for something twice or thrice your size. And although I won’t deny the danger, I would also like to point out that there is no such place in the world that’s danger-free. There is no way we can avoid danger, but we can best prepare for it.
If you’re planning to pay a visit to the Kona fishing charters soon, here’s what you can do to ensure your safety:
- Get Yourself A Kickass Crew – One of the most important steps you can take to ensure that you and your family will have a safe fishing trip is to get professional help. When you choose a crew, find people that live and breathe these waters.
- Aye, Aye, Good Captain! – Another important precaution to make is to hire only the best captain – one who knows the Kona waters like the back of his hand.
- The Boat – Lastly, you’d want a sturdy, well-maintained boat. Not something that looks like it’s fresh out of the junkyard. Check the condition of the boat you’re renting, if it looks like it can’t last a day in the waves – don’t gamble your life on it.