Molokai is probably the least known of the Hawaiian Islands and doesn't attract large numbers of visitors. There are no traffic signals, traffic jams, or fast food restaurants, two gas stations, and one hotel, and the airport doesn't have TSA screening.
The north side of the island features the tallest sea cliffs in the world, towering 3,000-4,000 feet above the Pacific Ocean. Also on the north side is Kalaupapa, home of Father Damien and the infamous Molokai leper colony of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
The Molokai Reef
The bonefish on Molokai are big, fast, and extremely powerful. These fish average 6-8 pounds, with many fish exceeding 10 pounds. If you've never hooked a bonefish on a fly rod, hold on because things can get crazy in a hurry. It's common for Molokai bonefish to peel off well over 100 yards of line and backing during their initial run.
With the reef line extending one-half to three quarters of a mile out from the shoreline, the amount of fishable water and the size of the Molokai fishery is substantial.
Native Molokai Guide
Using a boat provides the opportunity to cover significantly more water than wading. The boat allows a guide to spot more cruising or tailing fish and from greater distances. Casting from the bow of the boat enables an angler to make more accurate casts and have a better line angle and leverage when fighting fish.
Fly anglers who've experienced bonefishing in the Caribbean will find Molokai bonefishing a bit different. Instead of encountering frequent schools of smaller fish, on the Molokai flats, you'll primarily be hunting and casting to a single large cruising bonefish, with the occasional double or triple.
While a number of outfitters offer bonefish guiding services on Molokai, Joe Kalima is the only native Molokai guide. Joe was born and grew up on Molokai, and today, he lives with his family on the southeastern shore of the island, right on the Molokai reef that he loves and fishes.
Fishing with Joe Kalima
Molokai is one of the best-kept secrets in saltwater fly fishing. In terms of number of fish, average size, sheer power, and lack of fishing pressure, Molokai offers some of the finest bonefishing in the world. We invite you to join us on a fly fishing adventure that could well be the trip of a lifetime.