Like with Sacramento real estate agents, I think some people tend to think all boat charters are the same. There are big differences among real estate agents, like boat charters. Possessing a license means nothing. First, there is an ability to comprehend, followed by ability to communicate, topped with a healthy dash of ethics, integrity and compassion, coupled with years and years of experience. But no, sellers and buyer often pick the next door neighbor, some random smiling stranger, or a cousin.
Same thing applies to choosing a fishing boat charter in Kona. You can do what I did with one year and spend a lot of money to go chasing marlin (with some guy who just moved to Kona from southern California), which you are pretty much guaranteed not to catch. Or, you can choose a guy who grew up fishing in Kona with his father. A highly experienced and busy captain who, in the 1980s at 6 years old, hung out with his dad running a boat charter and who eventually took over the business in the year 2000.
This is a guy who knows that lures work for some fish under certain conditions yet to catch mahi-mahi or ahi you probably need live bait. This is a guy who has 6 intricately rigged fishing poles off the back of his boat and does everything himself, no deck hand.
You can read more in my personal blog today at this link: Fishing in Kona with Captain Bobby on the Cherry Pit.