Blue Marlin - Fishing Kona with Kevin Hibbard

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Instructor: Kevin Hibbard

Discover valuable insights on targeting blue marlin from Captain Kevin Hibbard, a Kona fishing pro. Learn about feeding times, fish movements, water conditions, currents, and structure, as well as the differences between bait and lure fishing. Kevin's calm approach allows you to learn from his experience and become a smarter fisherman.

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Captain Kevin Hibbard of Kona, Hawaii, a well-traveled and experienced marlin fishing captain, shares his wisdom and insights on targeting blue marlin in this In The Spread marlin fishing video. He discusses feeding times, water conditions, structure, and the differences in fishing lures and baits.

The Kona Program

Kevin has spent decades refining his Kona program. His knowledge and wisdom, derived from years of experience and learning from some of the best fishermen in the world, can significantly shorten your learning curve and help you become a smarter and more aware blue marlin fisherman.

In Kona, the possibilities are endless. You never know what is going to eat your lure or your bait. The uncertainty requires you to be on top of your game, or you won't succeed. You could find yourself hooked up to a small marlin or a huge mama blue marlin. A tuna, spearfish, wahoo, or dorado could eat.

Feeding Times

Just like humans, fish eat throughout the day. Kevin discusses the six bite times that occur on any given day. The tides and moon significantly influence how marlin feed. Knowing how to zero in on these times will put you in a much better position to capitalize on when feeding activity is higher.

Understanding Currents and Structure

Understanding the currents and how they move bait can put you in more productive fishing areas. Marlin move with the bait and the warm water. They will be close to the structure because that's where the food will be. Kevin has fished many of the great big game islands and knows how the currents and structure drive the bite.

Water Conditions

Water conditions vary from place to place. You need to know how water color, the depth of the thermocline, and prevailing baitfish affect marlin fishing.


Kevin Hibbard has some super valuable perspectives to share with you in this marlin fishing video. Take what he has to share and incorporate it into your own program. Learning from highly skilled fishermen is the best way to grow in your fishing. Use this knowledge and get out on the water.

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Kevin Hibbard

Captain Kevin Hibbard, a renowned blue marlin fishing expert, has a deep connection to the ocean and has honed his skills in heavy tackle and lure fishing. He has honed his knowledge and techniques from the best captains in the business, including Henry Chee and George Parker. Hibbard's approach to fishing is simple, focused, and trusting, ensuring the best lures are chosen for the ocean's conditions. His dedication to the craft and his passion for the ocean's giants make him a sought-after fishing expert.

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