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Big Fish List | 5-13-14

May 13, 2014 - 12:05am

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 2014 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 2014 by Jim Rizzuto). If we have overlooked you, give us a call (885-4208) or send an email (rizzuto@aloha.net).

Blue marlin: 1,211, Robert Steffens, Capt. David Unger, Nasty Habit, March 27

Black marlin: 212, Devin Hallingstad, kayak, April 26

Ahi: 220.5, Brett Lockard, Capt. Matt Bowman, Northern Lights, April 9

Bigeye tuna: 108, Matthew Bolton, Kehele, Jan 16

Striped marlin: 114.5, John Dieckman, Capt. Tobin Hudgins, Silky, April 16

Spearfish: 49.5, Gwen Stutheit, Capt. Don Stutheit, Kona Spirit, Feb. 26; and 50, Jack Samson, Capt. Dave Unger, Nasty Habit, April 20

Sailfish: 105.5, Peter Blake, TLC 2, Jan. 25

Mahimahi: 47, Doug Olson, Capt. Bomboy Llanes, Lana Kila, Jan. 26

Ono: 75, Keith Olson, Capt. Kenny Llanes, Vixen, Feb. 13

Kaku (barracuda): 51, Kevin Shiraki, Grady-White, May 6

Kahala (amberjack): vacant

Ulua (giant trevally): 100.5 (tie). Mitchell Izuno, Shoreline, Jan. 19, and Michael Ragas, Capt. Jeff Rogers, Aloha Kai, April 18.

Omilu (bluefin trevally): 14.6, Bruce Lentz, Shoreline, April 16.

Aku (skipjack tuna): 28, Betsy Wheeler, Capt. Chad Contessa, Bite Me I, Feb. 28

Broadbill swordfish: vacant

Ahipalaha (albacore): vacant

Kawakawa: 21, Mark Andrews, Donna Mae, Jan 10

Kamanu (rainbow runner): 16, Shawn Zenor, kayak, Jan. 9

Opakapaka (pink snapper): vacant

Onaga (ulaula koaie): vacant

Uku (gray snapper): 31, Victor Haanio, kayak, May 6

Oio (bonefish): 10, Brandon Lopes, Shoreline, Feb. 16


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


Marlin weighing 500 pounds or more

None weighed


May 7: Blue marlin (125) Elsa Chavez, Capt. Chris Cawthon, Ohana

May 7: Striped marlin (60 and 65) Joe and Peggy Exendine, Capt. Trevor Child, High Noon

May 8: Blue marlin (200) Unknown, Capt. Gene Vanderhoek, Game Plan

May 8: Blue marlin (500) Todd Wagner, Capt. Kenny Fogarty, Makana Lani

May 9: Blue marlin (350) Joe Franco, Capt. Neal Isaacs, Anxious

May 9: Spearfish (35) Unknown, Capt. Trevor Child, HIgh Noon


May 4: Ahi (188) Tyler Cran, Ryan Magallanes, Kona Pearl I

May 5: Ono (51) Dorion Diegel, Capt. Matthew Bolton, Kahele

May 5: Ono (20 and 20) Unknown, Capt. McGrew Rice, Ihu Nui

May 5: Mahimahi (5 fish to 25 pounds) John Elkjer, Capt. Kenny Fogarty, Makana Lani

May 5: Ahi (150.5) Jim Rife, Capt. Rob Ellyn, Lightspeed

May 5: Ahi (110) Ian Keinath, Capt. Tracy Epstein, Last Chance

May 6: Uku (31) Victor Haanio, Kayak

May 6: Ono (35) Patrick Downs, Capt. Jeff Heintz, Linda Sue III

May 6: Ono (4 fish to 36 pounds) Austin Kilkenny, Capt. Kenny Fogarty, Hula Girl

May 7: Ahi (132) Judi McCarthy, Capt. Rob McCarthy, Lightspeed

May 7: Blue marlin (259.5) Alan and Duke Kiriu, Yukiko

May 7: Ahi (110) Sally Kameron, Capt. Russ NItta, Lepika

May 7: Ono (22, 28 and 34) Unknown, Capt. Boyd DeCoito, Foxy Lady

May 8: Ahi 128, 140.5, and 170.5, Jessica and Neal Cain, Capt. Russ Nitta, Lepika

May 9: Ono (35.5) Jeff Feger, Capt. Kent Mongreig, Sea Wife II

May 9: Blue marlin (483) Dustin Ogata, Capt. Ryan O’Halleran, Rita Marie

May 10: Ahi (144) Todd Hamerick, Capt. Russ Nitta, Lepika

May 10: Ahi (143.5) Boyang Chang, Capt. Sam Choy, Monkey Biz II