S. Tokunaga Store Ulua Challenge 2011

I was on the Hawaii Fishing Forum again to check out the latest news and results for the S. Tokunaga Store Ulua Challenge this past weekend. Wow! there were some really nice fish! Too bad though! No hundred-pounders this year. Had some really big ‘omilu though this time around!

The final tournament (unofficial) results are as follows from, omer110, on the Hawaii Fishing Forum:

Largest Ulua (Giant Trevally) category:
1. Jason A – 75.2
2. Kalani K – 71.6
3. Bernie L – 68.3
4. Chad M – 62.5
5. Tyson M – 61.5
6. Laron K – 57.8
7. Bruce B – 50.7
8. John B – 49.6
9. John A – 49.1
10. Josh A – 48.8

Largest ‘Omilu (Jack Crevalle) category:
1. Kahana I – 21.4
2. Gerald L – 20.7
3. Shyann V – 18.4
4. Eddie C – 18.3
5. Dane R – 17.6
6. Skee S – 17.4
7. Rudolph L – 17.1
8. Kyle R – 16.5
9. Frederick F – 16.4
10. Brandon Z – 16.1

Mahalo to omer110 for the update! and congratulations to all the winners this year!

You can also check out recent pictures from the tournament on the S. Tokunaga Store Facebook page. Mahalo to major sponsors, Izuo Bros., Shimano and Kaenon Polarized!

I wasn’t able to make it again this year due to previous commitments, but there’s always next year!!!

Hamau Leo Wednesday – The Deli at He’eia Kea Pier

The Choys' "The Deli" at He'eia Kea pier

The Choy's and their store, "The Deli" at He'eia Kea Pier in Kane'ohe, O'ahu

Hamau Leo Wednesday – Spoils of Victory

Prizes for the GT Masters Cup Tournament

Prizes for the GT Masters Cup Tournament Winners

Wordless Wednesday – GT Masters Cup 2010 Shirt

Culmination and reward for a long weekend - GT Masters Cup 2010 Competitor Shirt

Culmination and reward for a long weekend - GT Masters Cup 2010 Competitor Shirt

GT Masters Tournament (Rescheduled) – Final Day

Well, we got a lifetime of memories and an adventure to share for a long time to come. We weren’t able to rustle up any ulua on this fishing trip but maybe the next time. Packed up at around 9am and we were on our way home by 10am. We both were pooped out and I headed to sleep soon after the GT Masters Weigh-In & Awards Ceremony (I just woke up at 11p and I am writing this post at a little after midnight to update everyone).

Boy! What an adventure this was! I’ll do it again but I’ll let our pictures speak for themselves. Also, I hope everyone enjoyed the mobile posts (sorry for any screw-ups) via this blog and Facebook fan page from Ka’ena Point.

Congratulations to all the winners in the GT Masters Cup 2010. Ho’omaika’i also goes out to Evan Abraham, who had the winning ulua at 56.4 lbs. (I’ll post GTM results as soon as I can, but gotta go back to bed now).

Big mahalos goes out to my fishing partners, Willy & Sherwin, our families (Aweau, Elisaga & Felipe ‘ohana), our friends (a special mahalo to BJ and Kevin for coming out!) and supporters for making our first shoreline fishing tournament together possible! But, we’re letting everyone know that it won’t be our last and we’ll get ‘um the next tournament! Mahalo a Nui Loa!

Pounding for ulua, 'o'io and 'omilu

Our GT Masters 2010 Campsite

Rigging time!

Rigging time!

Mahalo Bruddahs for coming out!

Mahalo Bruddahs for coming out!

Bruddah Willy can throw!

Bruddah Willy can throw!

Mr. Pole Benda Waiting Period

Mr. Pole Benda Waiting Period

Early sunrise and a hard night of pounding for ulua

Early sunrise and a hard night of pounding for ulua

We get 'um the next time! Watch out!

We get 'um next time!

GT Masters Tournament (Rescheduled) – Day Two

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Rough night! No hanapa’a! As we continue our quest to catch us some i’a (fish) for the tournament. Spirits are somewhat tempered with adrenalin now subsiding, we approach the new day with skepticism due to the reports that big surf is on its way (but we’re in a safe spot and very safety conscious) and still windier than heck (15-25 mph winds). The kind that feels like it smacks your face just before it hurts. Even more, our fishing poles, reels, etc., are all encrusted with Hawaiian pa’akai (sea salt) and we got limu (seaweed), laundry-style on our lines in the water. Auwe!

Drank water and downed a cup of warm instant coffee. Still waiting on brunch though from our friend, Brock. Hmmm getting a little hungry! Caught a bunch of small baitfish while my friend, Willy, works his ulua (giant trevally) poles. However, he’s getting small-kine frustrated because it seems like most of the limu gets on his line while mine are limu-free! His new nickname is, Limu Man! LOL!

We heard everyone had a hard night too and no fishing action. In fact, one of our fishing partners, Sherwin, left for the eastside. We decided to stay and take our chances at Ka’ena.

So we need everyones prayers to help us out to get a Big One for our keikis! That’ll be much appreciated!

Aloha!

GT Masters Tournament (Rescheduled) – Day One

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OK, so it took awhile to get ready and hit the road. But we were able to finally set up our camp and eventually throw out our ulua poles. Ate our Zippy’s Zip Pac and now enjoying the sound of surf at Ka’ena Point. I’m posting while we wait to hopefully soon hear the sound of ulua bells going off!

Wordless Wednesday – Bait Casting Big Island Style!

Bait Casting Big Island Style! Crab calamari!

'Ohiki (sand crab) calamari!

Wordless Wednesday – GT Masters Cup 2010

GT Masters 2010

GT Masters Cup 2010 Competitor Packet

Waikiki-Diamond Head Shoreline FMA Open to Fishing

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Waikiki-Diamond Head Fisheries Management Area

Great news for O’ahu shoreline fishermen for the New Year! A little information to help you get a head start on what is allowed and prohibited. Remember to malama (care for) the kai (ocean), in return, the kai will malama you.

Fishing spots open between the Waikiki Natatorium and the Diamond Head Lighthouse

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – The New Year means a new spot to fish is open on Oahu’s south shores.

Starting Jan 1st, fishermen are free to hit the shoreline between the Waikiki Natatorium and the Diamond Head Lighthouse.

The area is only open every other year to help the fish repopulate.

From Department of Land and Natural Resources:

WAIKIKI-DIAMOND HEAD SHORELINE FISHERIES MANAGEMENT AREA TO OPEN ON JANUARY 1, 2010 

Waikiki-Diamond Head Shoreline FMA open to fishing January 1, 2010.
The Waikiki-Diamond Head Shoreline Fisheries Management Area is open to fishing during the calendar year 2010. This area is closed to fishing on alternate years to help restore fish populations.

Location
The Waikiki-Diamond Head Shoreline Fisheries Management Area extends from the ewa wall of the Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium to the Diamond Head Lighthouse, from the highwater mark out to a minimum seaward distance of 500 yards, or to the seaward edge of the fringing reef if one occurs beyond 500 yards.

Fishing periods
“Open to fishing” from January 1 to December 31 of even-numbered years (2010, 2012, etc. ).
“Closed to fishing” from January 1 to December 31 of odd-numbered years (2009, 2011, etc. ).

Permitted
To fish for, take or possess any legal size marine life in season during the “open to fishing” period, provided that only hook-and-line, thrownet, handnet to land hooked fish, and spear fishing and hand harvesting methods are employed.
With a permit to engage in activities otherwise prohibited by law for scientific, propagation or other purposes.

Prohibited
To fish for, take or injure any marine life (including eggs), or to possess in the water any fishing gear during the “closed to fishing” period.
To use any spear between the hours of 6:00 pm to 6:00 am, or have or possess in the water any trap or net except thrownet or handnet to land hooked fish during the “open to fishing” period.

Download a pdf copy of the administrative rule and illustrative map of the Waikiki-Diamond Head Shoreline FMA.

NOTE: The Waikiki-Diamond Head Shoreline FMA is adjacent to the Waikiki Marine Life Conservation District where fishing is prohibited. Please see the DAR Fishing Regulations page or the Marine Life Conservation District pages for more information.