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Big Fish List | 12-3-13

December 3, 2013 - 9:28am

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 (

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.

Sailfish: vacant

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): 150, Matthew Thayer, Capt. Kerwin Masunaga, Rod Bender. Nov. 27.

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, Dave Wassel, Asa Suguitan, Crazy Ann, Nov. 12.

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): 23.5, Bob and Conor McDonough, Oct. 18.

Uku (gray snapper): 34.5, Dylan Lucas, from kayak, Aug. 18.

Oio (bonefish): vacant

Catch report

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.

Beasts of the week

None this week

Tag and Release

Nov. 27: Blue marlin (325) David Geijsbeek, Capt. Bruce Herren, Raptor

Nov. 27: Blue marlin (500) Adam Keener, Capt. Steve Kaiser, Medusa

Nov. 29: Blue marlin (400) Joe Jaggers, Capt. Dave Crawford, Kona Blue

Notable catches

Nov. 25: Blue marlin (441.5) Brad Lambert, Capt. Dale Leverone, Sea Strike

Nov. 25: Blue marlin (307) Jean Elwing, Capt. Lance Gelman, Lady Dee

Nov. 25: Ahi (173) Vince Piazza, Capt. Russ Nitta, Lepika

Nov. 26: Mahimahi (25) Unknown, Capt. Trevor Child, High Noon

Nov. 26: Mahimahi (12) Dottie Barrett, Capt. Jeff Heintz, Linda Sue III

Nov. 27: Mahimahi (15) Dorthy Farrell, Capt. Loyd Potter, Renegade

Nov. 27: Kahala (1580) Matthew Thayer, Capt. Kerwin Masunaga, Rod Bender

Nov. 28: Mahimahi (24) David Maloney, Capt. Kenny Fogarty, Makana Lani

Nov. 29: Ahi (90) Unknown, Capt. Chris Cawthon, Ohana

Nov. 29: Mahimahi (14/16.5) Aiden Richardson, Capt. Larry Peardon, El Jobean

Nov. 30: Mahimahi (15) Jason, Capt. John Bagwell, Silky