2014 Hawaii Marlin Tournament Series

Run by Fishermen for Fishermen, we celebrate 28  years of producing tournaments and 34 years of fishing globally (almost), enhanced by the prizes offered by friends in top spots in the Pacific.

In 2014, the Top Scoring Team at the end of The Series will win Two Free Days Fishing for Giant Black Marlin on the Great Barrier Reef on Castille, a set of customized jackets from Pelagic Gear and more!

The Team with Most Points at the Kona Throw Down wins 5 free days fishing in Samoa on the 37′ Merritt “Leilani”. See

Early Entry Promotion runs now til April 1. Enter by deadline and you could win a Free Entry into the Kona Classic, Free Room Nights at Royal Kona Resort, Gear from and Pelagic Gear, as well as Hawaiian lures from Kona Custom Tackle and Lures and a Sport HDII Video/Still Camera from Intova!

More gear and great prizes to come, so get your entries in soon!

June 28 & 29, 2014

Kona Kick Off Presented by

The Tournament that kicks it all off. Local Style. Largest flag fish of each category splits purse.

July 5 & 6, 2014

Firecracker Open Presented by PELAGIC

Kona’s signature Big Game tournament. Marlin and Ahi points are scored for base purse.

July 11, 12 & 13, 2014

Skins Marlin Derby

Patterned after the golf format. Daily purse is available for the largest marlin over 500 lbs.

July 15, 16 & 17, 2014

The Kona Throw Down Presented by Samoa

Winner Take All for the Biggest Marlin of the Tournament from the Base Entry Fee. Two Biggest Marlin Winner Take All Categories. Most Points wins a Free 5 day fishing trip on the 37′ Merritt “Leilani” by Oceanic Sport Fishing Adventures in Samoa.

July 19 & 20, 2014

The Kona Classic

The Kona Classic returns to the line up as fund raiser for Miloli’i Hipuu Virtual Academy Charter School

August 8, 9 & 10, 2014

Big Island Marlin Tournament

Kona’s first high stakes, big game tournament to pay cash for tag and release AND big marlin. Founded in 1987.

Sept. 12, 13 & 14, 2014

September Challenge

Designed with input from the top skippers of 2010, minimum size fish is 400 lbs and 1st Place takes 70% of the base purse.

Fish Kona’s Hawaii Marlin Tournament Series, Win a Trip in Australia!


A typical “rather large” black marlin on the wire off the Great Barrier Reef. The Top Scoring Team at the end of the 2014 Hawaii Marlin Tournament Series will win 2 days/1 night Free Fishing on “Castille” with the option of picking up more fishing time at super reduced rates. Check back often for details as season nears.

2014 – GRANDER!!

unger grander

1,211 Pounds! Thursday March 27, 2014

Capt. David Unger of “Nasty Habits”

Tools of the Trade


The wiring gloves of a veteran lie next to the newer ones of a first season “second deckie”. Guys like Jerry Jeff strum wire strings on a Martin guitar, these guys work with heavier gauge strings and a more hostile audience.


Mothership “Laura J” at anchor behind the Great Barrier Reef.