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2017 Big-Fish List update

March 6, 2017 - 12:05am

The Big-Fish 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 2017 in each of 22 categories. Catches are listed by species, weight, angler, skipper, boat and date. The list is updated every Sunday throughout the year (copyright 2017 by Jim Rizzuto).

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Blue marlin: 771, Brad Pickings, Capt. Chuck Wigzell, Ez Pickens. Jan 28

Black marlin: vacant

Ahi: 191, Keri Clavin, Capt. Brad Damasco, Bite Me 6. Jan. 15

Bigeye tuna: 121.5, Kelsey Bestall, Capt. Jah Nogues, High Noon. Jan. 14

Striped marlin: 82, Mitchelle Duke, Bomboy Llanes, Bomboy’s Toy Feb 19

Spearfish: 49, Paul Marks, Capt. Robert Hudson, Camelot. Jan. 14

Sailfish: 73.5, Andy Hauswirth, Capt. Shawn Rotella, Night Runner. Feb 24

Mahimahi: 42.5, Stephanie Holtorf, Capt. Kenny Fogarty, Makana Lani. Feb 8

Ono: 72.5, Monica Rolleri, Jeff Zader, Lehua. Feb 18

Kaku (barracuda): 39, Chad Culbertson, Capt. Jeff Rogers, Aloha Kai. Jan 23

Kahala: vacant

Ulua (giant trevally): vacant

Omilu (bluefin trevally): vacant

Otaru (skipjack tuna): 18, Larry Chu, Capt. Kent Mongreig, Seawife II. Jan. 5

Broadbill swordfish: vacant

Ahipalaha (albacore): vacant

Kawakawa: 22.5, Britt McCurdy, Capt. Sean Rotella, Night Runner. Jan 31

Kamanu (rainbow runner): 20.5, Britt McCurdy, Capt. Sean Rotella, Night Runner. Jan 31

Opakapaka (pink snapper): 14.5, Greg Hong, Kevin Shiraki, Erin Kai. Jan. 12

Onaga (ulaula ko`aie): 19.5, Greg Hong and Kevin Shiraki, Erin Kai. Feb. 21

Uku (gray snapper): 24.5, Brent Masunaga, Holly Ann 3. Jan. 3

O`io (bonefish): 8.5, Brandon Lopes, Shoreline. Feb 11

Beasts of the week

Feb. 27: Blue marlin (592) Robert Barnick, Capt. Dale Leverone, Sea Strike

Feb. 27: Blue marlin (631) Derek Beaton, Capt. Andy Diehl, Bite Me 3


Feb. 27: Blue marlin (150) Ryan, Capt. Marlin Parker, Marlin Magic II

Feb. 27: Spearfish (10 and 15) Dave, Capt. Kent Mongrieg, Seawife II

Feb. 28: Blue marlin (400) Bill Burns, (150) Jackie Burns, Capt. Chuck Wigzell, Hooked up

Feb. 28: Blue marlin (400) Mark Minnillo, (250) Dianne Minnillo, Capt. Neal Isaacs, Anxious

Mar. 1: Blue marlin (250) Scott Jamison, Capt. Steve Tarbell, Miss Mojo

Mar. 2: Striped marlin (50) Brian Sharky, spearfish (20) Dean Stoval, spearfish (40) Jennifer, Capt. Chris Choy, Sapo

Mar. 2: Striped marlin (40) Vicki Pickings, Capt. Chuck Wigzell, Ez Pickens

Mar. 3: Spearfish (30) Jack O’Brien, Capt. John Bagell, Silky

Mar. 3: Blue marlin (125 and 150) Roy Gilbert, Capt. Kenny Fogarty, Hula Girl

Mar. 3: Blue marlin (110) John Hynes, Capt. Boyd Decoito, Foxy Lady


Feb. 27: Spearfish (30) Tom, Capt. Mcgrew Rice, Ihu Nui II

Feb. 27: Spearfish (44.5) Brett Tessier, Capt. Russ Nitta, Lepika

Feb. 28: Blue marlin (375.5) Jack Keenan, Capt. Bobby Cherry, Cherry Pit

Feb. 28: Mahimahi (25) Dianne Minnillo, Capt. Neal Isaacs, Anxious

Mar. 1: Ahi (83) Mark Malenke, (84.5) Tim Hepner, Capt. Chad Contessa, Bite Me 1

Mar. 2: Striped marlin (57) Travis Snaver, Capt. Chad Contessa, Bite Me 1

Mar. 2: Ahi (175) Jeff Kronebusch, Capt. Bobby Cherry, Cherry Pit

Mar. 2: Spearfish (41.5) Jim Russell, Capt. Shawn Palmer, El Jobean

Mar. 2: Mahimahi (27) Tom Fredrick, Capt. Bill Casey, Marlin Grando

Mar. 2: Blue marlin (139.5) Capt. Peter Blake, TLC 2

Mar. 3: Blue marlin (182) Brant Worden, Capt. Howard Whitcomb, Go Get Um

Mar. 3: Spearfish (30) Jack O’ Brien, Capt. John Bagwell, Silky

Mar. 3: Aku (22), mahimahi (15,19, and 23) Brandy, spearfish (42) Garrett, Capt. Jeff Heintz, Linda Sue IV

Mar. 3: Blue marlin (110) Hal Bennett, Capt. Marlin Parker, Marlin Magic II

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