2014 Hawaii Marlin Tournament Series

We got in two days of fishing after the Hurricane in stellar Kona conditions for the 28th Big Island Marlin Tournament. Marlin Magic II earned the win and 90% of the purse with a 581.5 ;b. blue and a blue tag.

Leading Team for the trip to the Great Barrier Reef after 6 of 7 events is “Luna” with 2263.5 points, once his Placement points were added in for BIMT. Trailing now with 2,250 points is “Raptor”. An extra tag and release was credited upon audit. Within striking distance are “Rod Bender” with 1,800, “Silver Star” at 1,585.6 pts and team “Bonnie and Clyde” with 1,400.5 points, “Vixen” with 1332, “Kona Blue” with 1181 and “Bite Me” with 1050. The outcome of the September Challenge will be decisive!

The Top Scoring Team at the end of The 2014 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!

ANGLER STANDINGS AFTER 6 OF THE 7 EVENTS ARE HERE  2014 angler standings after BIMT final


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. Prints are available at the Tropidilla World Headquarters office at Honokohau. Additional prints can be ordered in a variety of sizes off of the website, at the prices posted.

Click here to sign up for a free trial of WRI’s SeaWeather online service with interactive Fishing Planner

Special Mahalo! to Royal Kona Resort, Bite Me Fish Market Bar & Grill and Pacific Rim Fishing Supplies for sponsoring the radio promotion for the Kona Classic, which helped raise money for Miloli’i School.

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 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 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. 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.

WIREMAN – Kona trailer released as a tournament promo.

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It profiles some of our Kona guys and gals on the deck, and shows their commitment and intense desire to help their team catch marlin, among other things. If you are an angler and want to catch marlin, the Kona crews are fully dedicated, for sure!

Lots of good action clips in there too. REMEMBER, 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. Click here to see WIREMAN – Great Barrier Reef shot on board “Castille” WIREMAN – Great Barrier Reef, maybe being WIREMAN ain’t so great? WIREMAN – Great Barrier Reef, a day in the life on the GBR  

2014 – GRANDER!!

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1,211 Pounds! Thursday March 27, 2014 Capt. David Unger of “Nasty Habits”

Post Hurricane BIMT Leader

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.


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