August 5, 2010 – Hilo, Hawaii
Video courtesy Brandon Sakamoto and HIBT | voice of Tim Bryan
51st Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament kicked off in Kona this week.
Thirty-one teams including five teams from Australia and Japan, four teams from New Zealand, and teams from Canada, Korea, Papua New Guinea, South Africa, and Tahiti are all hoping to capture the prestigious Governor’s Trophy, by scoring the highest number of Billfish points in the tournament.
By Monday evening, the Korea Game Fish Association had already boated a 390-pound Pacific blue marlin, and Olympian Dream Fishing Club from Japan boated a 395-pounder.
To preserve the thrill of big game fishing for future generations, teams do not keep Pacific blue marlin under 300 pounds.
The event continues throughout the week.