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Hawaii Lure Makers Challenge

Hawaii Lure Makers Challenge 2023-03-06T22:26:05+00:00


Presented by KOYA Lures


The 2021 Lure Maker’s Challenge was won by BWANA with KOYA Lures of Kona.

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 their Sponsored Lures, will win the Presenting Sponsor position of the Tournament for the following year!

For example, Team KOYA 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 KOYA 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!

2023 – Schedule of Events

July 13th     Registration

July 14th     7AM to 4PM – Fishing      FRIDAY     

July 15th     7AM to 4PM – Fishing     SATURDAY     

July 16th     7AM to 4PM – Fishing     SUNDAY  


We are currently reviewing all of our 2023 Rules.

The tournament fishes just the same as the September Challenge, with the simple addition of the Lure Maker’s sponsorship prize. For reference only, to view our 2022 Lure Maker’s Challenge Rules, click here: 2022 LMC Rules

And, for the 2022 Lure Maker’s Challenge – Branded Division Rules click here: 2022 LMC Brand Rules

For reference only, to access our 2022 HMTS General Rules, please click here: 2022 HMTS General Rules

To register, please download and complete the necessary forms listed below, then select a payment form according to your preferred method of payment. Mahalo.

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.


To pay with cash or check:

For a downloadable old fashioned paper Entry Form, please click here: 2023 LMC Cash


We are not currently taking Online Credit Card Entries. Thank you for understanding.


IGFAAll 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.



2019 Lure Maker’s Final Results:  2019 LMC Final Payout

2019 Lure Maker’s Final Catch Log:  2019 LMC Final Catch Log


Tantrum Lures like THESE won this year!


Rod Bender wins “Open” Division!

Brent Masunaga, Steve Spina, Capt. Kerwin and Ziggy.

Everything You Need to Know About Making Lures is in Here:

Lure Making 201-202

Here’s the book you’ve been waiting for!

Lure-Making 201/202 is the second in the series of Kona Fishing Chronicles books on how to design, make and use big-game trolling lures for marlin, tuna, mahimahi, wahoo and many other major offshore gamefish.  It’s a sequel to the highly popular Lure-Making 101/102. With more advanced techniques and materials, the 201/202 book helps you advance your lure-making skills so you can catch more, and enjoy your offshore fishing more!

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