Big Fish List
The list recognizes the biggest fish caught on rod and reel (except opakapaka and onaga, for which we’ll accept hand line catches) in West Hawaii waters for 2013 in each of 22 categories. They are listed by species, weight, angler, skipper, boat and date. The list is updated every Sunday throughout the year (copyright 2013 by Jim Rizzuto). If we have overlooked you, give us a call (885-4208) or send an email (email@example.com).
Blue marlin: 1,058, Salil Kharat, Capt. Chuck Wilson, Fire Hatt. March 25.
Black marlin: 678.5, Chris Whitmer, Capt.Jeff Heintz, Linda Sue III. Aug. 19.
Ahi: 243, Nick Trudell, Capt. Bobby Cherry, Cherry Pit II. June 13.
Bigeye tuna: 181.5, Hillary Papich, Capt. Deneen Wargo, Bite Me 6. March 12.
Striped marlin: 117.5, Ian Medeiros, Sean Kelly, Caristina. April 4.
Spearfish: 62.5, Peter Blake, TLC II. March 6.
Mahimahi: 46.5, Yohan Khosraw, Capt. Dale Leverone, Sea Strike. Aug. 23.
Ono: 76, Greg Low, Laakea, April 7.
Kaku (barracuda): 25, John Heinbokel, from shore, Aug. 16.
Kahala (amberjack): 85.5, Rick Beloit, Capt. Brian Balancio, Marlin Grando. May 26.
Ulua (giant trevally): 74, Richard Kaiawe, from shore June 8.
Omilu (bluefin trevally): 15.5, Kai Hoover, Capt. Dave Unger, Nasty Habit. May 7. Otaru (skipjack tuna): 18.5, Jean LaLiberte, Capt. Rob McGuckin, Integrity. Jan. 6.
Broadbill swordfish: 40, Lukas Folk, Capt. Sam Choy, Salty Dog, March 12.
Ahipalaha (albacore): 79 (tombo), Robert Melnick, Capt. Bomboy Llanes, Vixen. Aug. 23. Kawakawa: 13.5, Mark Hinkle, Capt. Bobby Cherry, Cherry Pit II. March 14.
Kamanu (rainbow runner): 12.5, Danialle Moyal, Adam Hodgson, Lil Hooker, April 10.
Opakapaka (pink snapper): 13.5, Wesley Mattos, Mana Maru, April 10.
Onaga (ulaula koaie): 18, Keola Toriano, Ted Toriano, Breezin II. Aug. 22.
Uku (gray snapper): 34.5, Dylan Lucas, from kayak, Aug. 18.
Oio (bonefish): vacant
Catch information courtesy of Shawna Haynes of the The Charter Desk at Honokohau Marina (329-5735).
If you catch a fish on rod and reel in West Hawaii waters bigger than one on the list, take it to the fuel dock to be weighed and recorded.
If you weighed it somewhere else, call me at 885-4208 and leave a message. A complete list of June billfish catches will be in the August issue of Hawaii Fishing News.
Beasts of the week
Sept. 2: Blue marlin (519.5) Sybil Hickie/Brian Cordova, Capt. Trevor Child, High Noon
Sept. 4: Blue marlin (915) Centino Senetanipy, Capt. Mike McCoy, Kimeji
Sept. 6: Blue marlin (688) Matt Wegner, Capt. Robert Hudson, Camelot
Sept. 6: Blue marlin (537) Unknown, Capt. Mike Christopher, Miss Ruby
Tag and release
Sept. 1: Blue marlin (295) Larry Visaki, Capt. Neal Isaacs, Anxious
Sept. 1: Blue marlin (170) Jada Van Mols, Capt. Chip Van Mols, Monkey Biz II
Sept. 1: Blue marlin (250) Lane Hopkins, Capt. Rick Neuman, Kona Joe
Sept. 1: Blue marlin (500) Robert Wiessman, Capt. Gene Vanderhoek, Sea Genie II
Sept. 2: Blue marlin (250) Mike Jones, Capt. Mark Schubert, Miss Mojo
Sept. 2: Blue marlin (300) John Wiessman, Capt. Gene Vanderhoek, Sea Genie II
Sept. 2: Spearfish (20) Andrew Peterson, Capt. Trevor Child, High Noon
Sept. 4: Blue marlin (150) Unknown, Capt. Kevin Hibbard, Jr’s Hooker
Sept. 4: Blue marlin (250) Carol Herren, Capt. Bruce Herren, Raptor
Sept. 4: Blue marlin (300) Dennis Schmidt, Capt. Trevor Child, High Noon
Sept. 4: Blue marlin (450) Dave Hettema, Capt. Jim Wigzell, Go Get Em
Sept. 5: Blue marlin (175 and 325) Chris Sica, Capt. Chris Cawthon, Ohana
Sept. 6: Blue marlin (175) Carol Herren, Capt. Bruce Herren, Raptor
Sept. 6: Blue marlin (250) Mark Casey, Capt. Marlin Parker, Marlin Magic II
Sept. 6: Blue marlin (250 and 300) Unknown, Capt. Shawn Rotella, Night Runner
Sept. 7: Blue marlin (200) Fred Pulido, and (375) Greg Pulido, Capt. Al Gustavson, Topshape
Sept. 7: Blue marlin (250) John Reece, Capt. Dennis Cintas, Tropical Sun
Sept. 1: Spearfish (35) Dick Benhup, Capt. Marlin Parker, Marlin Magic II
Sept. 3: Ahi (174.5) Dave Marshall, Capt. Keith Robinson, Halycon
Sept. 4: Ahi (192) Martin, Capt. Jeff Heintz, Linda Sue III
Sept. 4: Mahimahi (76 fish to 30 pounds) Crew, Capt. Tracy Epstein, Last Chance
Sept. 6: Onaga (18) Heather Masunaga, Capt. Kerwin Masunaga, Rod Bender
Sept. 6: Ahi (181) Ray, Capt. Chuck Haupert, Catchem I