The Bright Side: Big girls of August

“Go Get Em” caught a 642-pound blue in the Kona Throw Down. From left, Frank Luhan, James Francis, Dave Crawford and Capt. Jimbo Wigzell. (Jody Bright/Special to West Hawaii Today)

Shawn Bebeau and his son Evan pose with their 411-pound marlin boated in the Kona Throw Down on “Sweet Sadie." (Jody Bright/Special to West Hawaii Today)

The Hawaii Marlin Tournament Series realizes an annual tag and release rate of about 95%. Through the first three tourneys — and into the final day of the fourth — 89 marlin were tagged and released. No big ones were scaled.