By Richard Brauning; Posted by: Lani – Kona, Hawaii
All last week there was an annual billfish tournament. There were people from all over the world participating, but it was not a huge event, and most of the participants came from the Pacific basin. Some also came from South America, South Africa, China, etc.
Most of the fish caught were Marlin or Yellow Fin Tuna, and that may have been all they were fishing for, but I truly don’t know those details. Anyway, they would fish from sunup till around 4 in the afternoon and then would come in to the pier to report or show their catch of the day. 75% of the fish were “catch ‘n release” so were not brought in, so was glad to hear that. Only those that die or were injured during the process were brought in. Those fish that are brought in are eventually given to feed needy or sold at market and the proceeds given to charity.
Thursday afternoon I was on the pier when the boats came in and I saw 2 Yellow fin tuna, one was 125lbs and the other 128lbs. There was also a Pacific Blue Marlin caught that weighed 538lbs. Unfortunately I didn’t have my camera that day. On Friday I had my camera and did get a picture of the largest fish caught, which was a Marlin @ 684lbs. I have included several photos of that big one.
There were a total of about 25 boats taking part, with a crew of 2-3 and around 5 fishermen on each. Also, the largest caught (as stated above) was by a woman from Bolivia and she had 5 catches in the tournament.
You may wonder if we had rain that afternoon because of the angry sky, but Kona town rarely gets rain from those clouds that come down off Mt. Hualalai which is up behind Kona @ 8500 feet. We do tend to have a lot of afternoon cloudy skies here but not much rain from them unfortunately.
Anyway, thought you might like to see another of the things that goes on here in Kailua Kona, Hawaii.