About The Captain

I have been fishing since 1970, Starting in Daytona Beach, Florida and traveling to many places since that time. Starting in Daytona Beach, Florida and traveling to many places since that time. Daytona was just the start of what has become my life's passion of marlin and big game fishing. It fortunately took me to North Carolina in the early 1970's were I was able to fish with some true legends of the sport. Names like Buddy Cannady, Omi Tillett, Buddy Davis, Sam Stokes, and Sonny Briggs plus numerous others who still dominate fishing. These were some of the greatest billfishing experiences in my life.

Since then I have fished the entire East coast, the Bahamas, Yucatan Mexico, Isla Mujeres and now Hawaii. Kona has been my home since 1998 and I can say this is one of the premiere Blue marlin fisheries of the world. The weather is always great with maybe a hand full of bad weather days and the fishing seems to have an unparalleled season with marlin and tuna being caught year round.

The Silky is the only 100 percent tag and release billfish charter operation. The preservation of our resource is import to the health of the fishery and our business future and I believe that many in the charter fleet have grown to agree with this practice.

Captain John Bagwell

 

We are on a mission.

 Captain John Bagwell, with over 30 years of experience, will give you the trip of a lifetime aboard the 45 foot Viking Sportfishing yacht Silky ! Enjoy luxury accommodations, an air-conditioned cabin and a full galley as you experience some of the finest fishing in the World along the beautiful Kona Coast of the Big Island, Hawaii.  These waters are  abundant with Marlin, the "Kings of Kona", Ahi, Ono, and Mahi Mahi. Full day, 3/4 day, 1/2 day, shared, and overnight charters are available.

 

Marlin and Ahi caught year round

  marlin caught on the Silky Charter BoatThe weather is always great with maybe a hand full of bad weather days and the fishing seems to have an unparalleled season with marlin and tuna being caught year round.

 

Captain John BagwellThe Secret to our success is in sustainability.

One of the things which has set us apart in Kona is that the Silky is the only 100 percent tag and release billfish charter operation. The preservation of our resource is import to the health of the fishery and our business future and I believe that many in the charter fleet have grown to agree with this practice.

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