News and Updates from Kona!

News and Updates from Kona! 2020-02-20T19:29:03+00:00



Photo by Capt. Teddy Hoogs. That’s Capt. Randy Parker on the wire.

$2,069,470.00 Total Available Purse

All of us at the Hawaii Marlin Tournament Series would like to offer a big MAHALO for a fantastic 2019 Tournament Season, and CONGRATULATIONS to all who caught fish and/or were lucky enough to win, place or show.

It was truly one of the most memorable tournament seasons on record, highlighted by Craig Lindner Jr.’s walkaway Championship with Capt. Teddy Hoogs and crew on board “Bwana” – and – Keith Hilton’s “grander” on Marlin Magic II, weighing in at 1,035.5 pounds.

The 33rd Big Island Marlin Tournament had to have been the most exciting big game competition in the history of the sport, with dramatic daily changes on the leaderboard, and Hilton’s “grander” on the final day.

Back to back 6 fish days on board “Last Chance” started it all off, but amazingly, did not stick with such intense competition.

To read the Full Summary Report and Highlights of the 2019 HMT Series, click here:  2019 HMT Series Post Season Summary

Record purses were generated at these tourneys: 

Kona Throw Down ($513,940.00)

Skins Marlin Derby ($505,140.00)
Firecracker Open ($335,950.00)

BIMT ($332,910.00)
Lure Maker’s Challenge ($181,470.00)


                                                              Artist Amy-Lauren Lum Won with Team “Bwana” being crowned HMT Series Champions.


We look forward to another great season in 2020, kicking off with a “new” BIG FISH tournament, fishing March 27, 28 & 29. After a Facebook and email query, we have decided to breathe life back into a Big Fish tourney we tinkered with years ago – and call it the Lazy Marlin Hunt – again.

Entry forms are up on the website and boats are booking up, so don’t delay.

Everyone loves to fish for BIG FISH, and the months of March and April have produced more than 50 fish over 500 pounds – in both 2019 and 2018! We are looking forward to a great tournament and some big ones.

Response has been great! Secure your favorite Boat, Captain and Crew soon.

Entry form here:

Rules Here:

We’ve designed the rules to be an interesting mix of the best points of the Kona Throw Down and the Skins Marlin Derby.

It’s gonna be FUN.