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Barbless Catches go 1-2-3 in Hawaii's Top Ulua Tournament!

June 10, 2012

Bryson Kawaihae and a few members of the Hilo Casting Club teamed up to fish the S. Tokunaga Ulua Challenge. This was Bryson's first year that he tried using a barbless circle hook. Prior to this tournament his first ulua was caught 6 years ago and he was more than ready to catch another one. During the Ulua Challenge he fished with his Uncle Rody Dasalla, his fishing mentor, and a few of the other Hilo Casting Club ulua gurus. Needless to say he took advantage of all the experience that was present on that trip. Bryson proved that barbless circle hooks work by catching not 1 but 2 huge uluas (85.3 lbs, 72.7 lbs—only 1 can qualify for the tournament) for the tournament. His first-place 85.3 lb barbless ulua and Uncle Rody's second-place barbless 79.9 lber made the trip an unbelievable success. Angler Kalsey Nacis Jr., a consistent ulua catching junior angler who uses barbless circle hooks, had led the competition with his 66.9 lb barbless ulua right up until the last truck. Congratulations Kalsey on your huge ulua! Another great catch for the up-and-coming angler. Congratulations to all of you guys for your outstanding catches and thank you to S. Tokunaga Store for hosting the annual event!

This year The Barbless Circle Hook project (BCH) was busier than ever with more outreach and tournaments. There were 3 new keiki tournaments and 6 new "Barbless Circle Hook Challenges". All in all, the project had outreach at 16 tournaments this year covering 5 different islands.

Please visit the Barbless Circle Hook Facebook page to see more pictures and stories about the outreach activities and more. Post your own barbless circle hook catches for everyone to see. Thanks for supporting the project this year!