2nd record (kayak) catch in less than a year
caught from his Hobie
was our 13th Big Island Kayak Fishing Tournament "The Pelagic Pursuit"
that we've hosted. We had 40 entrants competing for 2 Hobie Quest
Angler Kayaks as well as $600 in cash and additional prizes..
the Inshore species:
was Jim Thomas who landed a 40.5
lb Ulua which won him one of the Hobie Quest Angler
place was Troy Sakihara with his 27.4
lb Ulua ($200 prize)
3rd place was Patrick Torres with a 20.0
lb Barricuda($100 prize)
place was Greg Rideout with a 16.7
place was Matt Reed with a 14.3
place was Jimmy Rock with a 5.3
7th place was Aliiloa Gilan
with a 3.8 lb Aha
was George Bonne with a 3.5
lb Hog Fish
9th place was Tom Britton
with a 1.7 lb Kawelia
In the offshore Category:
1st was Devin Hallingstad
who landed a 112.5 lb Sailfish which
won him one of the Hobie Quest Angler Kayaks
place was Robert Wong Yuen with his 69.6
lb Ahi ($200 prize)
3rd place was Lance Moe
with a 52.5 lb Ahi ($100 prize)
4th place was Patrick Torres
with a 15.4 lb Ahi
5th place was Paul Ishikuro
with a 8.8 lb Mahi
place was Robert Ventura Jr with a 5.5
Winners in the Drawing for a free flight to Kauai for
tournament (in Kelly's Cessna 172, weather permitting)
Alternate) Sean Jenson
Alternate) Troy Sakihara
alternate) Paul Ishikura
(4th Alternate) Victor Haanio
With 40 entrants we're back to reasonable numbers giving us a better
shot at one of our anglers locating a larger catch.
Earlier in the week there were many fish being caught but it seemed
that, over the weekend, they became much more difficult to locate with
many of our anglers putting in the long hours with nothing to show for
Starting with some smaller weigh ins, soon the larger Ulua and Ahi
started showing up. Then Devin drove in with a massive tail sticking
out of his tailgate. Besides his 112 lb Sailfish he had two Ono as
well, one in the 40+ lb range and the larger one around 70lb.
Was there a bigger Pelagic landed that might
have knocked Devin's Sailfish from the top spot?
One strange occurance, after 5pm, as were getting closer to the weigh
in cut-off.... A phone call came in to one of our Anglers and he said
friend, Mike Marchetti (also a contestant) had just made it into
Keauhou Bay with a monster Marlin.
A month earlier Mike had purchased a Hobie Tandem Island and had been
on a kayak/sailing mission to land big fish. It sounded like the Marlin
he landed was likely hundreds of pounds. As 5:30 came and went, the
huge catch had missed the weigh-in and was not going to count for
awards even if it did show up.
But we heard Mike was on his way so I made mention that people might
want to hang around a bit to see if this huge marlin was going to show
And Mike did show up but not with his Blue Marlin. He was adamant that
he actually landed it, estimated the weight at 380lbs, and had a really
detailed story about being pulled out near F Bouy, something like 15-16
miles out, (maybe another 9 miles after hooking up) before landing the
Marlin and making his way back in.
Only one 80 year old witness happened to be at Keauhou Bay when he
arrived that was able to help him load his Tandem Island on top his
truck racks. He called his buddy with a flat bed truck to transport the
Blue Marlin along with another 2 fish that he'd landed prior to the
monster. He was saying that his buddy took his fish to the fish market.
I told him that we needed to get a photo, not for the tournament but
because it was likely a world record kayak catch. By that time, the
fish market was closed but I told him that if that fish got put on ice,
he better try and get a photo in the morning.
So the next day he says that he finds that his buddy with the flat bed
decided to keep the fish for a family luau instead of taking it to the
fish market. And Mike says that he's pretty sure that (ater the Marlin
left his care) someone did get a photo and it was weighed, weighing in
So it's one hell of a story. I certainly can't validate the
authenticity of the story. I have known a few people over my lifetime
that could fabricate that yarn with a straight face expecting it to be
believed. But after you've heard the same person spin a similar, nearly
impossible to believe yarn, the 2nd, 3rd or 4th time in a row... at
that point you pretty well know you can discount the majority of
stories that they come up with.
But I don't know Mike that well (as yet), to have an opinion either
way. I really don't see how his story, if false, could be benefitting
him in any way. In fact I would see the negative impact to his
reputation, if his story was found out to be false (or even believed to
be false), to keep most anglers from weaving that yarn to begin with.
I mean really.... We've all heard... I hooked up to a monster, fought
it hard and it got away. Good story but (like most Bigfoot sightings)
not much to worry about proving, or disproving, either way.
But to say I landed the beast, brought it to land, got my buddy to
transport it, it went on ice for a family luau.... Now you're adding
witnesses where the story might be disproved or validated to some
degree. Which kind of makes me lean toward... most anglers, if they
were relating that story would probably be telling the truth....
So last I heard, Mike was going to try and track down the photo that
someone apparently took.
Believe it or not as you will. Discuss the details with Mike Marchetti
yourself and you can assess the probablity that his Blue Marlin was
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