Finest Kind Sportfishing Charters is the only Owner Operated, and 3rd generation,  company in Maui, with Captain David Hudson at the helm since 1973. Capt. Dave has over 40 years of experience, operating out of Lahaina Harbor. Finest Kind Sportfishing consistently holds the catch records for Maui County.

We believe you will not find a more  experienced, harder working and more professional sport fishing team, fishing Hawaii or elsewhere in the Pacific. Using only the finest tournament quality Penn and Shimano tackle, having extensive local knowledge of where the fish are at any given time of the year and what kind of bait should be used for the most action is what makes Captain Dave Hudson’s Fishing Team the Finest Deep Sea Fishing Team since 1973!

“One moment you’re just relaxing and enjoying the peaceful beauty of the Pacific Ocean, lazily listening to the conversation of your companions and the lulling drone of the powerful engines.”

“The next moment, utter pandemonium breaks loose the high-pitched whine of the line uncoiling from a almost smoking reel, the scramble to strap into the fighting chair, the first glimpse of a silver and blue adversary far behind the boat. Fish On!”

Welcome to Sportfishing Finest Kind style!


The consistent warm waters that surround Maui make for great fishing year round. Typical catches include Billfish (Blue Marlin, Striped Marlin and Spearfish), Mahi-Mahi, Ahi (Yellowfin tuna) and Ono (Wahoo.)  All of our fishing trips include bait and top of the line equipment – No Fishing License Is Required in Hawaii. We offer both private and shared charters ranging from 4 to 8 hours. All vessels are coast guard certified with a maximum of 6 passengers (not including crew).

We Also Offer 10 Hour Extended Full Day
Extreme/Hardcore Fishing Charters

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About Us

Captain Dave Hudson

Before I knew what being a fisherman meant I was busy becoming one. Growing up in Michigan on the Great Lakes where my father was building P.T. boats for the Navy I had the opportunity to learn to operate boats by the age of twelve.

My passion for fishing was growing as there were so many walleye and muskies to catch right in front of our family home on Lake St Claire. That chapter in boating and fishing abruptly stopped by the age of 17 when the war started and there was the military calling my name.

The next stop was FT Bragg and within 18 months I was literally dropping into northern Turkey with the 5th Special Forces as a radio operator. No fishing going on there. But 4 years of C rations there was a well deserved discharge and a flight to San Francisco and hello Merchant Marines and oh yeah a ship sailing to Vietnam with loads of military equipment but, always a layover in Honolulu and a chance to charter an old sampan at Kewalo Basin. 

First trip over there we caught a 450 lb Blue Marlin! No kidding that is all it took for me.  I wanted more. Thanks to the advice of a First Officer I got off the deck hand hard run time and went to Merchant Officer school and took a course in Celestial Navigation and a 100 ton license and was on my way as a navigator!

Taking a temporary position as the harbor master with the DLNR at Lahaina Maui I came in contact with some local fisherman,  rebuilt a skiff and learned the skills of big game fishing.

Lahaina, (being a hub of cruising yachts) got me connected with Mr. Easy Rider, Peter Fonda, and back out to sea as navigator and an awesome adventure to the South Pacific and a whole lot of unbelievable fishing experiences at Tahiti and places in between and finally back to my beloved Maui to put it all together.

I first bought a 31 foot Bertram that started my charter fishing career that has spanned more than 40 years and now have a fleet of boats that are still capturing game fish off the coast of Lahaina, HI.

From a boat yard in Michigan to Fort Bragg and off to sea and a great opportunity to fish in the Hawaiian islands the journey couldn’t have been better.

It is our hope that we can share it with you in the very near future, now you too know more about us!


Captain Dave

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Our Boats

Our boats are the finest vessels sailing out of Lahaina harbor, with seasoned crews to make your trip a success. Peruse our boat pages below or from the menu to choose the boat that best suits your desires.

Exact Finest Kind Reel Hooker

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Charter Rates

Maui Fishing Charter Rates

Best Boats & Rates on the Island of Maui

Finest Kind and Reel Hooker 

Full Day Private

(8 hours)


3/4 Day Private

(6 hours)


1/2 Day Private

(4 hours)


Full Day Share

(8 hours)


3/4 Day Share

(6 hours)


1/2 Day Share

(4 hours)


Private rates are for the whole boat (1-6 people.)
Share Boat Rates are per person.

(Prices do not include fees and taxes)

4 Hr Private Whale Watch
$675 When Available!

Look across the horizon for the majestic humpback whales in their Pacific habitat breaching, tail slapping, and the spouting sprays from their blowholes as we make our way through the local waters.

Every winter, numerous pods of these magnificent creatures make a trip from the cold waters of Alaska to the warm, shallow waters of Hawaii, to breed, calve, and nurse their young.

2 Hour Private – $675

We offer personalized private charters for families to say farewell to a loved one on Maui waters. Our Vessels depart Lahaina Harbor in the afternoon toward sunset, for 1-6 passengers. 

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Extended Full Day Private Charters

Extreme/Hardcore Fishing at it’s Finest!
Early Departures on the Extended Full Day Charters!

Extended Full Day Private

(10 hours)


Private rates are for the whole boat (1-6 people.)
Share Boat Rates are per person

We supply: Ice, cooler, bait & tackle.
You bring: Food & Beverage.

*48 hour cancellation policy*

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Full Day Charter

This sport fishing trip takes you to the deep waters and buoys (FAD’s) located outside the islands.  You will have the most chance of catching because of the amount of time of the trip.  This is the most popular trip for Pacific Blue Marlin.  Many people return again and again to go and catch their trophy fish. You will fish for Marlin, Mahi-mahi, Ono and Ahi (Yellowfin Tuna.)

3/4 Day Charter

This sport fishing trip takes you to deep waters behind Lanai or Molokai. Weather conditions and fish location will make our choice as to where we will be fishing each day. This trip is also very productive at times when the fishing is closer in. You will be fishing for Marlin, Mahi-mahi, Ono and Ahi (Yellowfin Tuna.)

1/2 Day Charter

This fishing trip is concentrated in the sheltered waters of  Maui, Molokai and Lanai.  You will fish mainly for Mahi-mahi, Ono and Ahi (Yellowfin Tuna.)  When the fish are inside at some times of the year you might even catch a marlin and this can be a good trip even though you only will be out for four hours.

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Email: CaptDave@FinestKindSportfishing.com  

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