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Hawaii Marlin Tournament Series

Hawaii Marlin Tournament Series 2023-03-27T09:01:28+00:00


Hawaii Marlin Tournament Series

2019 Short Reel from Jody Bright on Vimeo.

$2+ Million Average Available Purse

Averaging 95% Tag and Release Alive of All Marlin Caught

2022 Results


Full list of standings “by BOAT” here: 2022 BOAT SERIES Standings FINAL

Full list of standings “by ANGLER” here: 2022 ANGLER SERIES Standings FINAL 


2023 Event Schedule

Aloha! We are switching credit card processors and are currently only accepting Credit Card entries for the Lazy Marlin Hunt, which you can find below. While we update the credit card pages for all tourneys, you can enter any tournament by cash/check. Just  fill out our printable PDF and email us

2023 HMTS General Rules: 2023 General Rules 

ALL Entries (both online and paper) require Team Entry Forms, as well as two Liability Waivers.

To fill out our Team Entry Form, click here: Team Entry Forms.

To fill out our Liability Waivers, click here: Liability Releases.


Lazy Marlin Hunt

March 24th, 25th, & 26th, 2023

A Tourney celebrating the BIG GIRLS of Spring!

2023 Lazy Marlin Hunt Rules: 2023 LAZY Rules

2023 Cash/Check PDF Entry Form here: 2023 LAZY Cash

2023 Cash/Check Online Key-in Form here: 2023 LAZY Online


2023 Day 1 Results: Lazy Marlin Hunt: Day 1 Radio Logs & Standings

2023 Day 2 Results: Lazy Marlin Hunt: Day 2 Radio Logs & Standings

2023 FINAL Results UPDATE: 2023 LAZY Final Results *Updated

Pictured Below: Bwana with the Biggest Marlin and Most Points for for Day 1 AND the 1st Place Winners! CONGRATULATIONS BWANA!

Team 2nd Offense with the Biggest Marlin and Most Points for Day 3!

Marlin Magic with their qualifier caught on Day 1 below!


Kona Kick Off

Presented by Coca-Cola Bottling of Hawaii

June 24th & 25th, 2023

The Tournament that kicks it all off. Local Style. Largest Flag Fish of each category splits Purse.

2023 Cash/Check Entry Form here: 2023 KKO Cash


We are currently reviewing all rules for 2023. Once published the updated rules will be accessible here, on this webpage, so check back! Please feel free to reference our 2022 rules listed below.

2022 Kona Kick Off Rules: 2022 KKO Rules

2022 Purse Distribution & Standings: Kona Kick Off – Final Results


Firecracker Open

Presented by SEAKEEPER

July 1st & 2nd, 2023

Marlin and Ahi score in this legendary event.

2023 Cash/Check Entry Form here: 2023 FCO Cash


2022 Firecracker Open Rules : 2022 FCO Rules

2022 Final Purse Distribution & Standings: Firecracker Open – Final Results


The Kona Throw Down

July 4th, 5th, & 6th, 2023

Winner Take All for the Biggest Marlin of the Tourney from the Base Entry. TWO Biggest Marlin Winner Take All categories.

2023 Cash/Check Entry Form here: 2023 KTD Cash


2022 Kona Throw Down Rules: 2022 KTD Rules

2022 Final Purse Distribution & Standings: Kona Throw Down – Final Results


Skins Marlin Derby

July 7th, 8th, & 9th, 2023

Patterned after the golf format. Daily Purse is available for the largest Marlin over 500 lbs.

2023 Cash/Check Entry Form here: 2023 SKINS Cash


2022 Skins Marlin Derby Rules: 2022 Skins Rules

2022 Final Purse Distribution & Standings: Skins Marlin Derby – Final Results


The Hawaii Lure Makers Challenge

July 14th, 15th, & 16th, 2023


2023 Cash/Check Entry Form here: 2023 LMC Cash


2022 Lure Maker’s Challenge Rules: 2022 LMC Rules 2.1

2022 Branded Division Rules: 2022 LMC Brand Rules 2.1

2022 Final Purse Distribution & Standings: Lure Maker’s Challenge – Final Results


Big Island Marlin Tournament

August 18th, 19th, & 20th, 2023

Kona’s first high stakes, Big Game Tournament to pay cash for Tag & Release AND Big Marlin. Founded in 1986.

2023 Cash/Check Entry Form here: 2023 BIMT Cash


2022 Big Island Marlin Tournament Rules here: 2022 BIMT Rules

2022 Final Purse Distribution & Standings: Big Island Marlin Tournament – Final Results


It’s a Wrap Tournament

September 15th, 16th & 17th, 2023

The Tournament that ends our Season!

2023 Cash/Check entry form here: 2023 WRAP Cash


2022 It’s A Wrap Rules: 2022 WRAP Rules

2022 Final Wrap Results: 2022 WRAP Final Results




March 24th, 25th, & 26th

2023 Self Check-in Station:

For General Rules: 2023 HMTS General Rules

For 2023 Event Schedule: 2023 HMTS Event Fliers

For Catch Reports: 2023 HMTS Catch Report

For Polygraph Policy: 2023 HMTS Polygraph Policy

For Camera Instructions: 2023 HMTS Camera Instructions

For IGFA Rules: 2023 IGFA Rules (Saltwater)

For Grid Maps: 2023 HMTS Grid Map



Congrats Bwana!2022 HMT Series Champions!

BWANA came from 3rd Place in the Series to execute a flawless game plan to win The Wrap – and – to also become HMT Series Champs!

From left to right – Champion Crew Logan McCollum and Capt. Teddy Hoogs. Champion Angler Craig Lindner.

2022 Highlights!

Wahine angler Kathleen Wyatt took a giant lead in the HMT Series at the Lazy Marlin Hunt with this 942.5 pound blue marlin – the largest of 2022! This fish and consistent stream of small fish tagged and released kept the team on Sea Genie II in the lead of the HMT Series until the last hour of the last day of the Wrap, when nudged out by Bwana. From left to right:  Colton Wyatt, Kathleen Wyatt, Hudson Wyatt, Capt. K.J. Robinson and Jamison Wyatt


2022 Kona Kick Off Winners “Last Chance” cutting up with family, friends and staff. (photo below)

Below from left to right:  Miguel Castanada, Laura Dowsett, Sarah Hendricks, Jayden Ross Meyers, Faith Hemry, Ian Keinath (beard) Chad Beaudry, Russ Nitta, Capt. Tracy Epstein with Ashley, Kawai and Honuola Epstein.

Below: Painless Paul Douglas strikes again! A 747 pound beauty to take Largest Marlin purse and 2nd Place Overall as the Firecracker is a “most points” tourney, not a biggest marlin tourney in base category.


Above: Ed Boyd and Team Pursuit caught the 2nd largest of the Firecracker but on the same day Marlin Magic caught the largest, so were edged out of largest per day and most points per day.

Below: Tm Lemman and team APEX had the 3rd largest marlin but took Most Points and Largest Day 2 at Firecracker.

The Kanaka All Stars on Sea Baby II helped Chip Wagner of Texas sweep the Skins tourney with this 558 pounder.

Below: Edgar Artecona of Texas crushed the Lure Makers Challenge with this 688 on SAPO with Capt. Chris Choy. The winning fish was caught on an Ol’ George Lure, made in Texas and tested, tried and true on the Colorado River.

Above: Nick Wada brought the first marlin of the Lure Makers tourney to the scale, this 497 pounder caught from Northern Lights with Capt. Kevin Nakamaru.

Below: Wahine angler Joy Painter added  1 tag to this 490 lb. qualifier for a total of 655 point to get in the money at the Lure Makers Challenge with Capt. Kaiwi Joe at the helm of Mauna Loa. The fishing trip was their first date!


NOTE: All Mainland Checks must be in no later than the Monday before the tournament entering. | See Individual Event Rules and the Hawaii Marlin Tournament Series General Rules for contest related refunds, such as when no qualifying fish are caught in a specific category etc. | All HMTS tournaments adhere to these same General Rules: 2023 HMTS General Rules | Individual Tournaments in the Hawaii Marlin Tournament Series score to tournament specific rules and can be found on the Registration page. | The Hawaii Marlin Tournament Series Polygraph Policy: 2023 HMTS Polygraph Policy. | Tropidilla Productions LLC Cancellation and General Refund Policy: Tropidilla Cancellation Policies. | Ours are privately owned events, so we reserve the right to deny entry to anyone, at our sole discretion.

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2023 all rights reserved


We will be updating this page with forms, rules, and other tournament updates in the near future, so please check back often. Mahalo.