The Bright Side: 2022 HMT Series 7th inning stretch update

  • Capt. Kai Hoover and Manu Hind make sure that the hoist and weigh in go smoothly for the winner of the Skins Marlin Derby while Braddah Boi Horsewill and O’a Hind work the bill of the fish. (Courtesy photo/West Hawaii Today)

  • Skins Marlin Derby winner, a 558.5 pound blue marlin caught by Chip Wagner with Capt. Kai Hoover (far right) Braddah Boi Horsewill (far left) O’a Hind and Manu Hind on board Sea Baby. (Courtesy photo/West Hawaii Today)

Back in 1987, with the help of other captains and crews then fishing from Honokohau Harbor, we created the first Big Island Marlin Tournament. This development was in response to a few things, one of which was that the tournaments of that era paid almost all of the purse to the single largest marlin caught. If a team landed a monster the first day - which is not uncommon in Kona - then for the rest of the teams, the wind went out of their sails.