2015 Hawaii Marlin Tournament Series

June 27 & 28, 2015

Kona Kick Off

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

July 4 & 5, 2015

Firecracker Open

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

July 7, 8 & 9, 2015

The Kona Throw Down

Winner Take All for the Biggest Marlin of the Tournament from the Base Entry Fee. Two Biggest Marlin Winner Take All Categories.  

July 10, 11 & 12, 2015

Skins Marlin Derby

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

July 18 & 19, 2015

The Kona Classic

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

August 21, 22 & 23, 2015

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. 18, 19 & 20, 2015

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.



Congratulation to Jack Sanford – the lucky new owner of this Paul McPhee original watercolor!

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Here are other examples of Paul McPhee fine art:

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2014 Wrap  -  Team “Luna” with Capt. Chip Van Mols, Shawn Bebeau and anglers Randy Weih, Jada Van Mols and Dan Holt are officially the Top Scoring Team of the 2014 Hawaii Marlin Tournament Series and will be going to Australia to fish on board “Castille”. Randy Weih edged out Carol Hinkle-Herren for Top Angler of the Year and “Luna” won Top Boat.

Capt. Rob Ellyn of “Lightspeed” gas won the InTheBite Magazine Captain of the Year Award – Hawaii, edging out Capt. Chip Van Mols.

ANGLER STANDINGS AFTER 7 OF THE 7 EVENTS ARE HERE  2014 angler standings after september

BOAT STANDINGS AFTER 7 OF THE 7 EVENTS ARE HERE  2014 Boat Standings after september

Congratulations to Team “Rod Bender” who won the 5 days free fishing in Samoa on board “Leilani” the 37′ Merritt at Oceanic Sport Fishing Adventures

Firecracker Open helicopter photos are posted on this website: You will need to create an account to access the images.

Click on the image for a free SeaWeather trial with Interactive Fishing Planner from WRI


2015 – GRANDER!!

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1,058.5 Pounds! Kai Rizutto – angler.

Caught on board “Ihu Nui” with Capt. McGrew Rice and Carlton Arai.

BIMT Winners 2014

marlin 581.5John Peterson and a cast of thousands on the Marlin Magic II gather for a team photo after weighing in a 581.5 pound blue marlin on day one of the post hurricane 28th Big Island Marlin Tournament. JP hooked this fish at 3:53 PM, just before “stop fishing” and had it in the boat by about 4:15. You’ll have to stay seated for the credit roll to see the names of all the individuals on the team, pitching in for this catch.

Firecracker Open Winners 2014


fco-jim-wood 84 years young and after 25 years of fishing the Hawaii Marlin Tournament Series, Jim Wood won the Firecracker Open with this 662.5 pound blue. Also, this fish is his largest to date. Way to go Jim and crew of the Golden Dragon! maui-jim-new-logo