How to Catch Mu Fish in Hawaii

by Matthew Weeks
Mu fish dwell in the reefs of Hawaii.

Mu fish dwell in the reefs of Hawaii.

The bigeye emperor, or mu, is a type of snapper characterized by its large mouth and a flat spine on the gill cover. A reef-dwelling fish, it is considered to be both a very tasty catch and an extremely hard fighter, making it prized as a game fish. Mu are frequently caught via spearfishing, but can be taken with a heavy rod and reel using live bait as well.

  1. Navigate your boat to a section of one of Hawaii's coral reefs that is roughly 50 to 70 feet deep at nightfall. This is the prime feeding environment for mu.

  2. Search for a sharp depression in the depth of the ocean floor with your depth finder. Mu like to feed along the shelves close to the reefs.

  3. Bait your hook with one of your crabs and drop it into the water until you feel it hit bottom. Wait patiently for a slight, sharp tug on your line and then set the hook with a hard upward pull on your rod.

  4. Begin to reel in your catch. Mu are notoriously hard fighters, so it may take a long time.

Items you will need

  • Boat with depth finder
  • Rod and reel with heavy test line
  • Crabs


  • As always, exercise extreme caution when navigating a boat at night. Pay attention to channel markers and any signs of sandbars, and always wear a life preserver.

About the Author

Matthew Weeks has been a public policy and technology writer since 2003. He has been published on Men's News Daily and Free Republic. Weeks holds a bachelor's degree in political science from the College of New Jersey and a master's degree in public policy from Rutgers.

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