Summer is almost here and the fish are already biting, so here are a couple of sample videos of tag and release verification, taken from boats in the 2016 HMT Series.
The top clip is shot entirely from the bridge and this is the view preferred by the judges. Note that the fish is in full view numerous times making it easy to identify as a blue marlin. Also note that the tag shot was clearly visible too, evidence that the tag procedure was completed. At that point, it is all good.
What happens after the tag is sometimes the most entertaining part though!
Although Tournament Control PREFERS all video to be taken from the bridge for reasons stated above, it is not always possible. If you must shoot your video from the cockpit deck, please do so as in the clip just above (marlin magic 1). The camera is steady and the jumping fish is clearly seen prior to tagging. The videographer stopped shooting when the fish took off and went down, and the actual tag shot is in a second clip, which is perfectly acceptable. Some times you get a shot early and it gets away. When the fish is not near the leader, save battery until the tussle is just about ON. Start filming just before the leader is in hand, as you never know how fast it will all go down, or if the fish will come off immediately after tagging, so don’t wait as it might just be gone, and then you’re out of luck.
Oh, and keep the horizon level!
Top Money Winners of 2015 and 2016
FOXY LADY $203,486.00 MARLIN MAGIC $233,490.00
PURSUIT $194,670.00 FIVE STAR $159,181.00
LUNA $189,572.00 ILLUSIONS $150,100.00
SEA GENIE II $155,106.00 ROD BENDER $136,204.00
TOTAL AVAILABLE $1.5+ MILLION TOTAL AVAILABLE $1.4+ MILLION
2017 HMT SERIES SCHEDULE:
June 10 & 11, 2017
LARGEST MARLIN – “RUCKUS” 530 lbs.
LARGEST AHI – “WHIP SAW” 198.5 lbs.
LARGEST ONO – “PLAYN HOOKY” – 30 lbs.
LARGEST MAHI – “MARY K” – 25 lbs.
FINAL CATCH REPORT AND PURSE 2017 KBFC FINAL
2017 Day One Catch Report 2017 KBFC Day One
2017 Day Two Noon Radio Log of Catches Here: sunday noon_edited-1
FINAL CATCH SUMMARY HERE: 2016 kbfc winners Final
June 24 & 25, 2017
DAY TWO TOURNAMENT CONTROL RADIO LOG:
2017 KICK OFF DAY ONE CATCH SUMMARY HERE: 2017 Kona Kick Off Day One Results
2017 KONA KICK OFF FINAL PURSE HERE: 2017 kko purse final
The Tournament that kicks it all off. Local Style. Largest flag fish of each category splits purse.
July 1 & 2, 2017
2016 Firecracker Open Final Purse here: 2016 FCO Purse Distribution Final
DAY ONE 2016 FIRECRACKER OPEN RESULTS HERE: 2016 DAY ONE RESULTS
FIRCRACKER OPEN 2016 FINAL CATCH REPORT HERE: 2016 firecracker final catch summary 1
Kona’s signature Big Game tournament. Marlin and Ahi points are scored for base purse.
July 4, 5 & 6, 2017
2016 KONA THROW DOWN DAY TWO RESULTS: 2016 KTD Day 2
2016 KONA THROW DOWN DAY ONE RESULTS: 2016 KTD Day 1
2016 KONA THROW DOWN FINAL RESULTS: 2016 KTD Final Results
Winner Take All for the Biggest Marlin of the Tournament from the Base Entry Fee. Two Biggest Marlin Winner Take All Categories.
July 7, 8 & 9, 2017
2016 SKINS MARLIN DERBY FINAL PURSE HERE: 2016 skins final purse
2016 SKINS MARLIN DERBY DAY TWO RESULTS HERE: 2016 skins day two
2016 SKINS MARLIN DERBY DAY ONE RESULTS HERE: 2016 skins day one
2016 SKINS FINAL CATCH REPORT HERE: 2016 skins final catch report
Patterned after the golf format. Daily purse is available for the largest marlin over 500 lbs.
July 14, 15 & 16, 2017
PRESENTED BY BLACK BART LURES
2016 Lure Makers Challenge Final Results here: 2016 LMC FINAL 1
2016 Lure Makers Challenge Day One Results here: 2016 LMC day one
2016 Lure Makers Challenge Day Two Results Here: 2016 LMC day TWO
We will be moving the 2016 Hawaii Lure Makers Challenge to July 15 – 17 to become a major event in the Series.
The Hawaii Lure Makers Challenge fishes exactly like the September Challenge did, we have simply added a category for teams sponsored by lure makers to compete against each other to prove which is the most productive lure brand.
2015 Lure Makers Challenge Final Results Here: LURE MAKER FINAL CATCH REV 1
August 24 – 27, 2017
FISHING 24, 25 & 26. TAJ MAHAL & THE HULA BLUES BAND 8/27
2016 BIMT Final Catch Log Here: 2016 bimt catch log final
2016 BIMT Final Purse (unofficial) Here: 2016 bimt purse unoffical
2016 BIMT Day One Catch Report Here: 2016 bimt day one catch
2016 BIMT Day One Catch Report Here: 2016 bimt day 2
Kona’s first high stakes, big game tournament to pay cash for tag and release AND big marlin. Founded in 1987.
Sept. 22 – 24, 2017
FollowS the HMT Series Points scoring system, so that all teams in the running can Wrap the season competing for all possible points.
It’s a Wrap draft rules can be read by clicking this link: 2016 wrap rules draft 4
It’s a Wrap Day One Results Here: 2016-wrap-day-one-catch
It’s a Wrap Day Two Results Here: 2016-wrap-day-two-catch
It’s a Wrap Final Catch Summary Here: 2016-wrap-final-catch-summary
It’s a Wrap Final Purse Here: 2016-wrap-final-purse
2018 DATES Fishing Days
KONA KICK OFF JUNE 30 AND JULY 1
FIRECRACKER OPEN JULY 7 & 8
KONA THROW DOWN JULY 10, 11 & 12
SKINS MARLIN DERBY JULY 13, 14 & 15
LURE MAKERS CHALLENGE JULY 20, 21 & 22
32nd BIG ISLAND MARLIN TOURNAMENT AUGUST 16, 17 & 18
IT’S A WRAP SEPTEMBER 14, 15 & 16
2015 Hawaii Marlin Tournament Series
2015 HMT SERIES FUN FACTS:
$1,505,745.00 Total Available Purse
229 Teams, 496 Boat Fishing Days, 241 marlin caught, 16 weighed
93.3% Tag and Release Rate
“LUNA” SWEEPS TOP HONORS AT FINISH OF THE 2015 HAWAII MARLIN TOURNAMENT SERIES!
2015 TOP ANGLER – JADA HOLT
2015 CAPTAIN OF THE YEAR, Presented by MAUI JIM SUNGLASSES – CAPT. CHIP VON MOLS
2015 TOP BOAT – “LUNA” with CAPT. CHIP VAN MOLS, SHAWN BEBEAU, JADA HOLT AND DAN HOLT
All received trophies presented by Weather Routing Incorporated – WRI, SeaWeather.
For Complete Audited Standings By Angler Click Here 2015 Angler Standings after LMC
For Complete Audited Standings By Boat Click Here 2015 Boat Standings after lmc
The BIG Ones at the Kona Kick Off
Bill Burns weighed the largest ahi of Day One from “Ohana” with Capt. Battersby. Tipping the scales at 130 pounds, it earned some day money and is in the lead of the Ahi Division.
Joe Pezza Jr. holds the leading Mahi Mahi after Day One of the Kona Kick Off – a 25 pounder caught with Capt. Kevin Nakamaru on board Northern Lights.
The BIG Ones at Kewalo.
The largest marlin at the Kewalo Big Fish Chase Tournament – June 11, off the island of Oahu. 530 lbs. caught on board “Ruckus” with Capt. Ray Collier.
The largest ahi at the Kewalo Big Fish Chase Tournament. This 198.5 pound beauty was caught on board “Whip Saw”. Capt. Don Hackman at the helm. In the background are two of Howard Hughes Corp.’s additions to the Honolulu skyline.
Henry O’Connel stands with the crew of Marlin Magic and their 696 pound blue that earned the single largest purse in Hawaii history – $219,522.00 at the 2016 Skins Marlin Derby.
Bryan McKenzie and Team “Sapo” with the largest marlin of the It’s a Wrap tourney. 592 pounds with Capt. Chris Choy at the helm. “Sapo” took Second at the Wrap.
Photo bombing in the background is Top Series Angler Steve Spina with Top Series Crew Capt. Kerwin Masunaga and Brent Masunaga. “Rob Bender” came in Third at the Wrap.
“Rod Bender” crew Capt. Kerwin Masunaga and son Brent earned Top Series Boat honors in 2016. That’s them below with Series producer Jody Bright and their new Maui Jim Sunglasses, swag and the Paul McPhee original painting “Wireman” presented to Series Champion Angler Steve Spina, also of “Rod Bender”, pictured below in his red Polartech “Masters Vest” from Crazy Shirts. Just like James Brown, the hardest working man in show business!