Hawaii Lure Makers Challenge

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Presented by TANTRUM  Lures

July 13, 14 & 15, 2018

The 2017 Lure Maker’s Challenge was won by  PURSUIT with TANTRUM Lures . Jay Edwards angled 6 blue marlin to the boat to be tagged and set free, scoring a total of 1,200 points.

The Hawaii Marlin Tournament Series began from the deck up, way back in 1986. The Hawaii Lure Makers Challenge began as the September Challenge in 2010. This tournament has been designed with input from the top skippers of 2010. The Skippers agreed to raise the minimum weight to 400 lbs and increased the First Place Prize to 70% of the base purse.

Going forward, we are adding a fun and competitive twist to The Hawaii Lure Makers Challenge – those teams who enter Sponsored by a specific Lure Maker can fish those lures – and – the highest placing team Sponsored by and catching their fish on the Sponsored Lures will also win the Presenting Sponsor position of the tournament for the following year!

For example, Team TANTRUM Lures was the top scoring team sponsored by a Lure Maker, so this year the tournament will be called “The Lure Makers Challenge Presented by TANTRUM Lures”.

There are lots and lots of lure makers out there. Let’s see which ones are truly the most productive big game tournament lures on the water – and give them credit where credit is due!

The tournament fishes just the same as the September Challenge, with the simple addition of the Lure Maker’s sponsorship prize. For rules click here: 2015 Lure Maker’s Challenge Rules

For an old fashioned, paper (printable) entry form click here:  2017 lure makers cash entry

   2018 – Schedule of Events

July 12th    6PM – Pupus, Registration and Team Briefing at Hawaii Big Game Fishing Club.

July 13th    7AM to 4PM – Fishing

July 14th    7AM to 4PM – Fishing

July 15th    7AM to 4PM – Fishing

July 15th    6PM – Awards Party at Hawaii Big Game Fishing Club

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Register Online – CREDIT CARD

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All HMTS Tournaments abide by the International Game Fishing Association’s International Angling Rules – Rules for Fishing in Fresh and Salt Water. A copy of these rules is supplied to each team prior to fishing and is also available HERE>.

650 lb. blue tagged in Kona, Hawaii

After the Click this link for more Action Video from the Great Barrier Reef!   WIREMAN – Great Barrier Reef

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Tantrum lures like these won the 2017 Lure Makers Challenge

Rod Bender wins “open” division of LMC 2016


Brent Masunaga, Steve Spina, Capt. Kerwin and Ziggy


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