The Huntress is Captained by Steve Epstein, a 35 year veteran of fishing the calm waters off the Kona Coast. Steve grew up surfing, sailing, and fishing in So. California. After graduating from San Diego State University he spent several years working at KETTENBURG MARINE, rebuilding and repairing yachts, before heading off to French Polynesia aboard his own 36’ sloop for a year, finally sailing back to Kona to settle down with his family.
Steve went on to work as a commercial fisherman aboard the 650 ton Tuna Seiner POLARIS, fishing from Mexico to Panama, and as far west as Hawaii. This is what set him on his permanent path as a charter Captain in Kona.
In 1980 Steve teamed up with Marlin Parker to fish on board the 45’ Sampan ISLANDER. After several successful years fishing together, along with the help of their new owner, they purchased the 43’ Allied MARLIN MAGIC, on which they won countless tournaments, and caught the famous # 1,400 blue marlin in 1990.
Traveling the world in search of the largest blue and black marlin lead Steve to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia for 3 seasons, and as far away as Madeira, Portugal.