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Jim Rizzuto’s Big Fish List May 7

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 (

Roundup>Blue marlin: 1,058, Salil Kharat, Capt. Chuck Wilson, Fire Hatt. March 25.

Roundup>Black marlin: vacant

Roundup>Ahi: 222, Dave Unger, Capt. Jack Sampson, Nasty Habit. March 13.

Roundup>Bigeye tuna: 181.5, Hillary Papich, Capt. Deneen Wargo, Bite Me 6. March 12.

Roundup>Striped marlin: 117.5, Ian Medeiros, Sean Kelly, Caristina. April 4.

Roundup>Spearfish: 62.5, Peter Blake, TLC II. March 6.

Roundup>Sailfish: vacant

Roundup>Mahimahi: 45, Ronald Tai See. Jan. 13.

Roundup>Ono: 76, Greg Low, Laakea, April 7.

Roundup>Kaku (barracuda): 22, Kristof Hovaten, Capt. Shawn Rotella, Night Runner. Feb. 27.

Roundup>Kahala (amberjack): vacant

Roundup>Ulua (giant trevally): 67.5, Bernie Llanes, Shoreline. April 21.

Roundup>Omilu (bluefin trevally): vacant

Roundup>Otaru (skipjack tuna): 18.5, Jean LaLiberte, Capt. Rob McGuckin, Integrity. Jan. 6.

Roundup>Broadbill swordfish: 40, Lukas Folk, Capt. Sam Choy, Salty Dog, March 12.

Roundup>Ahipalaha (albacore): vacant

Roundup>Kawakawa: 13.5, Mark Hinkle, Capt. Bobby Cherry, Cherry Pit II. March 14.

Roundup>Kamanu (rainbow runner): 2.5, Danialle Moyall, Adam Hoegson, Lil’ Hooker, April 10.

Roundup>Opakapaka (pink snapper): 13.5, Wesley Mattos, Mana Maru, April 10.

Roundup>Onaga (ulaula koaie): 14.5, Conor McDonough, Kawai, Jan. 13.

Roundup>Uku (gray snapper): 8.5, Tom McKelvey, Capt. Jeff Rogers, Aloha Kai.April 2.

Roundup>Oio (bonefish): vacant

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 April billfish catches will be in the June issue of Hawaii Fishing News.

Beasts of the week

Roundup> May 1: Blue marlin (795.5), Kevin Jewell family, Capt. Brad Damasco, Bite Me 5.

Tag and release

Roundup>April 29: Spearfish (35) Darrin Hostenske, Capt. John Bagwell, Silky

Roundup>April 30: Spearfish (10) Mary Salmon, Capt. McGrew Rice, Ihu Nui

Roundup>May 4: Spearfish (35) Shawn Palmer, Capt. Neal Isaacs, Anxious

Roundup>May 4: Spearfish (35) Suzanne Gustavson, Capt. Al Gustavson, Topshape

Roundup>May 4: Blue marlin (125) Carol Herren, Capt. Scott Fuller, Raptor

Notable catches

Roundup>April 28: Ahi (93.5) Clay Wilkins, Capt. Russ Nitta, Lepika

Roundup>April 29: Ono (24) Holly Capdevilla, Capt. Jeff Heintz, Linda Sue III

Roundup>April 30: Big eye tuna (42 and 75) Unknown, Capt. Dave Crawford, Kona Blue

Roundup>April 30: Spearfish (30) Mary Salmon, Capt. McGrew Rice, Ihu Nui

Roundup>April 30: Ono (50) Nelani Unger, Capt. Jack Sampson, Nasty Habit

Roundup>April 30: Spearfish (35) Daryl Nether, Capt. James Dean, Blue Hawaii

Roundup>May 1: Ahi (117.5) Sam Stassi, Capt. Bomboy Llanes, Vixen

Roundup>May 1: Ahi (143) Mike Wasch, Capt. Russ Nitta, Lepika

Roundup>May 2: Blue marlin (309) Richard Larson, Capt. Robert Battersby, Pacific Lady

Roundup>May 2: Ono (32) Mike Cerino, Capt. Bomboy Llanes, Vixen

Roundup>May 3: Ono (42.5) Carl Pond, Capt. Ty Prettyman, Green Machine

Roundup>May 3: Ahi (100, 101, 105,105,142 and 42) John Barnak, Capt. Chuck Wigzell, Hooked Up

Roundup>May 4: Mahimahi (12 and 21) Sharon and Andrew Woodruff, Capt. Chuck Wilson, Fire Hatt

Roundup>May 4: Ono (28) Momi and Gary Sheehan, Hei Mana

Roundup>May 4: Mahimahi (44.5) Sherry Basco, Capt. Kevin Nakamaru, Northern Lights

Roundup>May 4: Kamanu (12) Kelly McCoy, Capt. Larry Peardon, El Jobean