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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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>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 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
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