HILO, Hawaii – Auston Marsteller’s huge, 117.2 lbs. ulua was the biggest fish weighed in at the 2016 S. Tokunaga Ulua Challenge in Hilo on Sunday.
The ulua was one of three fish to tip the scales over 100 pounds. All were caught during the annual holiday weekend event.
The Ulua Challenge is one of the most popular fishing tournaments in the state. This year there were over 600 entries, organizers say.
Taking second place this year was John Branco, who reeled in a 105.9 pounder. Third place went to Ryan Chow for his 103.9 lbs. fish.
Rounding out the top five: Bruce Tsubamoto (99.1 lbs.) and Richard Kaiawe (90.0).
Tournament rules dictate that all fishing be done from the Big Island shoreline, and must be done with a rod and reel outfit. Each fish must be hooked, fought, and brought to gaff by one person. All fishing is done on the honor system.