August 7, 2010 – Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
VIDEO courtesy HIBT & Brandon Sakamoto | Voice of Tim Bryan
The 51st running of the Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament came to a close on Friday evening, ending a week of top notch Pacific blue marlin action out on the waters of the Big Island of Hawaii.
Organizers report that this year’s HIBT Governor’s Trophy and first place went to Kona Game Fishing Club-Kusatsu. On the final day of fishing aboard the Kila Kila – captained by Kona skipper Teddy Hoogs – KGFC earned another 300 points. Organizers noted that the team has fished consistently all week putting points on the scoreboard every day.
“But the story of the tournament,” organizers wrote, “goes to HIBT team #8 Out Of The Blue from Waianae, Oahu. Fishing today aboard the Miss Mojo, captained by Tio Kearney, angler Ted Morikawa boated a whopping 779-pound Pacific blue marlin, earning his team second place in this year’s HIBT. ‘I’ve been fishing in the HIBT for three years and I guess you could say three’s a charm,’ said Morikawa. ‘Captain Kearney encouraged us to fish on live bait. We set up the bait, trolled for a bit and bingo!’ As the largest fish of the day and the tournament, Out Of The Blue finished with 1479 points on the scoreboard.”
“Mahalo to the entire Big Island community for extending such warmth and aloha to the international fishing community this week,” said HIBT founder Peter Fithian. “Twenty eight teams out of thirty one scored points and we are happy about that. It was certainly another great tournament.”
Next year’s 52nd Annual Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament is scheduled for July 24–July 30, with fishing days from July 25-29, 2011.