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Jim Rizzuto’s Big Fish List Jan. 1

Big Fish List

These are 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 2012 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 2012 by Jim Rizzuto). If we have overlooked you, give us a call (885-4208) or send an email (

Roundup>Blue marlin: 1,040.5, Paul Morris, Capt. Steve Tarbill, Kona Concept. Jan. 7.

Roundup>Black marlin: 462.5, Eric Vonderahe, Capt. Butch Chee, Duck Soup. June 25.

Roundup>Ahi: 250, Roy Edwards, Capt. Lael Wilson, Bite Me 5. June 16.

Roundup>Bigeye tuna: 231, Troy Kincaid, Capt. Kenny Llanes, Lehuanani. March 24.

Roundup>Striped marlin: (tie) 95.5, Kohichiro Saegusa, Capt. Steve Tarbill, Kona Concept. Jan. 2, and Jimmy Jewell, Capt. Tim Hicks, Illusions. Feb. 21.

Roundup>Spearfish: 51.5, Gary Sheehan, Hei Mana. March 26 and William Matthews, Capt. Dave Unger, Nasty Habit, April 10.

Roundup>Sailfish: 112, Devin Hallingstad, kayak. March 26.

Roundup>Mahimahi: 62, Robert Oswald Capt. Rich Youngs, Au Struck, Nov. 29.

Roundup>Ono: 78, Shannon Galieto, Braddah Man. March 8.

Roundup>Kaku (barracuda): 31, Matt Solomon, shoreline. Aug 17.

Roundup>Kahala (amberjack): 63, Chris Phillips, Capt. Gregg Kaufmann, Patience Jan. 4.

Roundup>Ulua (giant trevally):97.5, Keahi Akana, Shoreline. Aug. 18

Roundup>Omilu (bluefin trevally): 17 Kupaa Elarionoff, Hoku Tea, July 29.

Roundup>Otaru (skipjack tuna): 30, Mike Murphy and Walter Gay, Ikaika Kai, Aug. 9.

Roundup>Broadbill swordfish: 215.5, Lukas Folk, Capt. Mitch Lattof, Salty Dog. May 19.

Roundup>Ahipalaha (albacore): 62, Robert Cantine, Capt. Bomboy Llanes, Lana Kila. Sept. 9.

Roundup>Kawakawa: 17.5 Derek Markstein, Capt. Asa Suguitan, In Deep. March 3.

Roundup>Kamanu (rainbow runner): 20, Keawe Dowsett and Mark Andrews, Donna Mae. Nov. 26.

Roundup>Opakapaka (pink snapper): 7.5 pounds, Capt. Kenny Fogarty, Makana Lani, Dec. 24..

Roundup>Onaga (ulaula koaie): 18 Brent Masunaga, Capt. Kerwin Masunaga, Rod Bender. Oct. 4.

Roundup>Uku (gray snapper): 20, Milton Fukumitsu, Flora III. May 5.

Roundup>Oio (bonefish): 9.4, Brandon Lopes, from shore. Jan. 11.

Catch report

Catch information courtesy of Shawna Haynes of the charter desk at Kona 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 December billfish catches will be in the February issue of Hawaii Fishing News.

Beasts of the week

Roundup>None reported this week but look for the 500-pounder in the release list.

Tag and release

Roundup>Dec. 26: Spearfish (35) Petri Parvinen, Capt. Gene Vanderhoek, Sea Genie II

Roundup>Dec. 29: Blue marlin (500) Mike and Justin Pool, Capt. Chip Van Mols, Monkey Biz II

Roundup>Dec. 29: Spearfish (25) unknown, Capt. Mark Schubert, Miss Mojo

Notable catches

Roundup>Dec. 23: Aku (20 and 21) Unknown, Capt. Jeff Heintz, Linda Sue III

Roundup>Dec. 23: Striped marlin (70) Bobby Jones, Capt. Doug Pattengill, Holo Holo

Roundup>Dec. 23: Spearfish (30) Brian Svabik, Capt. Marlin Parker, Marlin Magic II

Roundup>Dec. 24: Mahimahi (23) Unknown, Capt. Kent Mongreig, Sea Wife II

Roundup>Dec. 25: Aku (26) Geri Allison, Capt. Chris Cawthon, Ohana

Roundup>Dec. 26: Thresher Shark (56.5) Marius Nelson, Capt. Shawn Rotella, Night Runner

Roundup>Dec. 26: Mahimahi (32 and 45) JD Hudson, Capt. Kenny Llanes, Vixen

Roundup>Dec. 27: Mahimahi (40) Bob Cimino, Capt. Shawn Rotella, Night Runner

Roundup>Dec. 27: Ono (23) Jeff Heintz Jr., Capt. Jeff Heintz, Linda Sue III

Roundup>Dec. 27: Spearfish (44) Eddie Chen, Capt. Ryen Brunner, Ahi Lani

Roundup>Dec. 27: Striped marlin (40) Flecher Schmiedt, Capt. Dale Leverone, Sea Strike

Roundup>Dec. 28: Spearfish (42) Justin Melum, (20.5) Joshua Melum, Capt. Shawn Rotella, Night Runner

Roundup>Dec. 28: Spearfish (29.5) Lauren Lucitt, Capt. Guy Terwilliger, High Flier

Roundup>Dec. 28: Blue marlin (268.5) Chris Somagyi, Capt. Chad Contessa, Bite Me I

Roundup>Dec. 29: Striped marlin (50) Samantha Mytinger, Capt. Howard Whitcomb, Reel Class

Roundup>Dec. 29: Striped marlin (55) Rick Nelson, Capt. Howard Whitcomb, Reel Class

Roundup>Dec. 29: Spearfish (40) Unknown, Capt. Mark Schubert, Miss Mojo

Roundup>Dec. 29: Spearfish (48) Kyle Bolton, Capt. Chuck Wilson, Fire Hatt

Roundup>Dec. 29: Mahimahi (20) Thomas Fox, Capt. Tim Hicks, Illusions