The Bright Side: How to catch giant marlin and win tournaments

A sample of the exceptional photography of Capt. Bryan Toney. (Capt. Bryan Toney/Special to West Hawaii Today)

Capt. Kevin Hibbard with a first place tournament trophy shows what it looks like after capitalizing on an opportunity to get lucky. (Capt. Kevin Hibbard/Special to West Hawaii Today)

Fishing tournament season goes into full swing next weekend with the Kona Kick Off Tournament. Aptly named years ago when it was Leg One of the Hawaii Marlin Tournament Series, the Kick Off is now actually Leg Two. The first tournament of the HMT Series each year is now the Lazy Marlin Hunt, which fished in early April.