November 29th and 30th 2008 Tournament Results:
Cy with a big Ono and Robert with Mahi take 1st and 3rd in Offshore.
This was our 6th Big Island Kayak Fishing Tournament with 33 entrants in our Recreational Division and 14 in the Pro Division..
The format for the Pro Division is slightly different than the Recreational Class. The Pros entrants get their combined weight of their largest inshore and largest offshore fish. If they are able to land one of each category they also receive a 10% bonus added to their two fish total.
In the Inshore species:
1st was Adam Hodgson (Big Island) who landed a 35.8 lb Ulua
2nd place went to Evan Obra bringing in a 28.8 lb Ulua
3rd place was Matt Reed with a 27.6 Ulua
4th place went to Danielle Moyal with a 19.8 lb Uku
5th place went to Jesse Shim with a 19 lb Ulua
6th place went to Shiloh Oliberos who caught a 15 lb Ulua
7th place was Michael Barad with a 13.4 lb Kagami
8th went to Randy Elarco with a 10.6 lb Ulua
Tied for 9th place was Andy Cho with a 10.2 lb Kahala and brother Steven Cho with a matching 10.2 lb Kahala
11th went to Matt Chisolm with with a 9.8 lb Kaku
12th went to Karl Johnson with a 9.4 lb Ulua
13th was Todd Andrews with a 9 lb Kahala
14th was Darical bowman with a 7.6 lb Kagami
Results In the offshore Category:
The Top Offshore Catch was made by Andy Cho with a 38.2 lb Ahi. He generously dontated his winning prize (and top position) to the next place finsher.
1st went to Cyril Buking (Big Island) who landed a 31.4 lb Ono
2nd place went to Matt Reed bringing in a 31.2 lb Ono
3rd place was Robert Madrigal with a 27.4 lb Mahi Mahi
4th place went to Randy Elarco with a 25 lb Mahi Mahi
5th place went to Steven Cho with a 22.8 lb Ahi
6th place to Shiloh Oliberos with a 19.8 lb Mahi Mahi
Results In the Pro Division:
Andy Cho (Big Island) took 1st with his 38.2 lb Ahi and 10.2 lb Kahala for a combined total of 53.2 lbs
2nd place went to Boogie Elgas bringing in a 16.8 lb Mahi and 29.2 lb Kahala for a combined total of 50.6 lbs
3rd place was Steven Cho with a 22.8 lb Ahi and 10.2 lb Kahala for a combined total of 36.3 lbs
4th place was Adam Hodgson with his 35.8 lb Ulua
5th place was Tim Bauer with a 30.2 lb Ulua
6th place was Micah Pigralet with a 7.4 lb Mahi Mahi and 12.8 lb Kahala for a combined total of 22.2 lbs
7th place was Danielle Moyal with her 19.8 lb Uku
8th place was Cindy Heusser with her 14.4 lb Rainbow Runner
9th went to Todd Andrews with a 9 lb Kahala
I think we all had to give Andy Cho top honors regardless of the results showing him winning just the Pro Division. He pulls a winning Ahi (for the Offshore Division) out of his ice chest and has it weighed. Then he says he's got one more and pulls out a second winning Ahi to be weighed as well.
We just realized this weekend that we had not worded the rules for the Pro Division to reflect that we were only wanting to award one top prize per contestant.
Andy with a winning Ahi to weigh in the Offshore Division and another winning Ahi to weigh in the Pro Division had every right to claim the (Offshore) top kayak prize as well as the $1000 cash Pro prize.
We'd like to offer our thanks to Andy for being so generous to share the top offshore prize with the other contestants. Now we just need to get him sponsored so we can keep him in the Pro Divison so he doesn't scare off the recreational anglers.
One contestant to keep an eye on is Matt Reed. He took 2nd in Offshore in our August Tournament. Now this tournament he again takes 2nd in Offshore (only .2 tenths of a lb off 1st) and 3rd in Inshore. Had he entered the Pro Division he would have had a combined total of 64.7 lbs, 11.5 lbs more than Pro winner Andy Cho....
The top 3 Pro Anglers each received individual trophies. Andy Cho will also be listed on our Perpetual Trophy in the Plentypupule Kayak Store as well as taking home the $1000 cash prize.
Adam Hodgson catching the largest fish in the Recreational class got his choice of Angler Kayak. He chose an Ocean Kayak Prowler Trident Angler.
Cyril Buking won the Feel Free Moken Angler Kayak including rudder for his offshore win.
Evan Obra and Matt Reed taking 2nd in their categories won some really sharp Costa Del Mar Shades, Costa Del Mar T-Shirts and assorted accessories.
Robert Madrigal coming in 3rd in the Offshore category won a great Drybag/Backpack/Deckpack produced by Feel Free.
Matt Reed also finishing 3rd in the Inshore category got a handmade Gaff/Spear (fish subduer) designed by Steve Heusser
Thanks to our Sponsors:
Feel Free Kayak
Costa Del Mar
and Plenty Pupule
Our next tournament is set for May 2009. It's again set to be a two day event.
Steve and I would like to thank all the entrants for making this contest our most sucessful tournament to date. Special thanks to all the Oahu Anglers that made effort to be here and deal with the logistics of kayak fishing away from home.
We will adjust the written rules so we avoid similar miscommunications in the future. Right now it looks like we will no longer permit (non pro) anglers to enter both Pro and Rec divisions at the same time. We will still allow a recreational angler to enter the Pro Division but if they make that choice they will be entered in Pro only. No additional Rec entry for that tournament but they could always go back to the Rec division in future tournaments.
As always, we welcome any comments or suggestions to improve the tournament.
Email comments to Kelly (P and P Kayaks)
Catch Big, Get Towed and join us on Nov 29th and 30th 2008!
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