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!!!

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!

National Saltwater Angler Registry (Poho or Not?)

Hilo Fisherman Whipping

Okay, if you’re like me wondering what’s going on and confused heading into the New Year about the National Saltwater Angler Registry (NSAR), don’t fret, other fishermen in the U.S. are having the same problem. Hawai’i is currently one of several states (Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Virginia and the U.S. Virgin Islands) that is required to have their fishermen register to fish because we do not have a comprehensive recreational saltwater license or registration program. NOAA has a site specifically to register and answer questions about the NSAR called the NOAA Marine Recreational Information Program.

There are pros and cons to having a national saltwater angler registry but I’ll defer on this while I wait and see what the Feds have in store for the data. Intrusive information that reminds me a little bit of the film, “Red Dawn,” where the Cuban leader ordered his men to gather information about the Boy Scouts (Remember? Said to be a paramilitary organization). I know, it might be a stretch and may never be used for dubious purposes, but too much identity theft and government security breaches going on that it makes me wary.

I always thought Hawai’i would be immune to this kind of licensing because of our long fishing tradition but it looks like the State of Hawai’i never implemented a program to keep or gather hard data for NOAA’s use. Read what other states in the same boat as Hawai’i are reporting:

New Jersey

Rhode Island

Virginia

Maryland

Massachusetts

Here’s an article from North Carolina that states that anglers don’t have to register because they have a program that NOAA can use to mine data:

North Carolina

Check out Hawai’i Fishing News and DLNR for other information.

Anyway, it’s free to register in 2010 but may have a fee attached later. So make your assessment and leave a comment. Maybe our government leaders in Hawai’i will make the right decisions regarding our recreational fishing interests.

Ulua Fishing Equipment Craigslist RSS Feed Online

Well, it didn’t take too long and believe me this is due to all the trials and errors I’ve encountered since starting this blog. LOL! But seriously, the RSS feed for ulua fishing equipment is online. Check out the right sidebar. It’ll show the most recent posts, so if you want to see more do the manual search in the last post. Aloha no!

Ulua Fishing Equipment For Sale!

Just saw this ad for some pretty good ulua (giant trevally) fishing poles and reels. If you’re near the ‘Ewa Beach (O’ahu) area, this might be a good deal. Seller gives you all kinds of options to mix and/or match.

NITRO POWER ULUA FISHING POLE
-2PIECE
-MED/HEAVY ACTION
-USED ONE TIME
– NEVER CRASHED

POLE AND PENN 4/0……………$250
OR
POLE AND TOURIUM 50 …………..$350

PENN JIGMASTER FISHING REEL …… $50EA
PENN 113H 4/0 ……………$80

SHIMANO TOURIUM 50 ……………$220

ALL REELS ARE IN WORKING CONDITION

…..CALL 5546935

Remember to research it first and hopefully the seller is legit. It was posted today. Check it out on Craigslist . In the meantime, I’m going to try to put a feed on the blog or the Facebook Fan page for those interested in finding ulua fishing equipment. There are a couple of items for sale today in the Hawai’i Craigslist. Search under “ulua” or “ulua fishing” in “For Sale” items. Happy fishing!

Whipping for Ulua

I just received an email on a bunch of incredible ulua (giant trevally) “whipping” footage on YouTube by OceanBlueFishing in New Caledonia. The action is non-stop and they use an arsenal of rods and reels to capture ulua with really expensive equipment. A reel shown in the video, the Daiwa Saltiga Z6000GT, mated with 100 lb. TUF line, is estimated to cost between $680-760! That’s a far cry from most equipment used in the islands! Yikes! Hawaii fishermen depend upon Daiwa’s lower BG saltwater series especially the awesome BG-90 or Penn saltwater spinning reels for the big ones. Illex Ashuru Waiefu rods are also used to pressure the fish with incredible ease but they are pricey. Bruddahs and sistas here use Daiwa or Ugly Stick. ‘A’ole Pilikia (No Problem)!

Check it out!!

Blue Lagoon, New Caledonia GT Popping

Video Courtesy of YouTube