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: 258.5, Johnny and Radon Miles. July 2.
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): 21.5, Holly McElroy, Capt. Kent Mongreig, Sea Wife II. Sept. 12.
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 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. 15: Blue marlin (619.5) Jada Van Mols, Capt. Jason Holtz, Marlin Magic
Sept. 20: Blue marlin (514) Ken Corday, Capt. Jeff Fay, Humdinger
Tag and release
Sept. 15: Blue marlin (175) Mark Chartier, Capt. Kenny Fogarty, Makana Lani
Sept. 15: Blue marlin (200) Carol Herren, Capt. Bruce Herren, Raptor
Sept. 15: Blue marlin (375) Kyle Remis, Capt. Shawn Rotella, Night Runner
Sept. 15: Blue marlin (150) Bob Rosado, Capt. Chip Van Mols, Monkey Biz II
Sept. 16: Blue marlin (200) Chuck Wilson, Capt. Loyd Potter, Renegade
Sept. 16: Blue marlin (180) Mike Allison, (150) Roger Ward, (150) Ed Allison, Capt. Marlin Parker, Marlin Magic II
Sept. 16: Blue marlin (150) Ken Corday, Capt. McGrew Rice, Ihu Nui
Sept. 17: Blue marlin (200) Evan Jones, Capt. Brian Schumaker, Anxious
Sept. 17: Blue marlin (130) Suzanne MacEwan, Capt. Gene Vanderhoek, Sea Genie II
Sept. 18: Blue marlin (150) Unknown, Capt. Chip Van Mols, Monkey Biz II
Sept. 18: Blue marlin (150 and 200) Lou Groebner, Capt. Shawn Rotella, Hooked Up
Sept. 18: Blue marlin (200) Mike Thompson, Capt. Neal Isaacs, Anxious
Sept. 19: Blue marlin (100) Syd Stokes Capt. Kenny Fogarty, Makana Lani
Sept. 20: Blue marlin (160) Rick Fitts, Capt. Bill Casey, Pacific Blue
Sept. 20: Blue marlin (150 and 150) Brent Nelson, Capt. Bill Crawford, Kona Blue
Sept. 20: Spearfish (40) Lou Groebner, Capt. Shawn Rotella, Night Runner
Sept. 21: Blue marlin (200 and 225) Carol Herren, Capt. Bruce Herren, Raptor
Sept. 21: Blue marlin (500 and 725) Peter/Kyle, Capt. Chuck Wilson, Fire Hatt
Sept. 17: Ahi (182) Ralph Lopez, Capt. Russ Nitta, Lepika
Sept. 17: Blue marlin (211.5) William Morris, Speared
Sept. 19: Blue marlin (442.5) Makella and Tiger, Capt. Chip Fischer, Hanamana
Sept. 21: Sailfish (71) Shawn Ross, Capt. Shawn Ross, Brandi
Sept. 21: Blue marlin (412.5) Lou Groebner, Capt. Shawn Rotella, Hooked Up