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Randall Elarco Jr. Catches a 117 Pound White Ulua on Barbless Circle Hook

June 29, 2007

The largest barbless circle hook ulua to date was caught in 2006 on the Big Island. Randall Elarco Jr. caught a 117 lb white ulua on May 29, 2006 (HFN July 2006). He used a barbless 16/0 mustad circle hook that he got at the Big Island Ohana tournament in '05. Tako was the bait of choice. The barbless 16/0 circle hook did bend out a little but brought the big fish in. Too bad it was just 1 week late for the Tokunaga Tournament, but a 100 pounder is welcome any time.

At the first annual Fishing and Seafood Festival that was held on October 8, 2006 in Honolulu a special "100 pounder" award was given to Randy Elarco Jr. by Mayor Mufi Hanneman. Randy and family flew to Honolulu to enjoy the festivities and accept the award.