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1st Annual Molokai Masters Ulua Fishing Tournament

August 11, 2013

The First Annual Molokai Masters Ulua Tournament weigh-in was held this year to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the passing of one of Molokai's master ulua fisherman, Lolly Agliam. Lolly is a member of the Hawaii Fishing News 100 Plus Club, catching his 135-lb ulua on February 4, 1977. This family-run tournament honors and celebrates the life and times of Lolly Agliam by perpetuating his passion for ulua fishing and sharing it with the community. This is the first tournament where all of the anglers signed up to try barbless. The weather was not ideal and it tested all of the passion and commitment of all the contestants. Fishing was tough and in the end new angler Eric Bush caught the winning ulua, a 13.6-lb beauty, to become the first winner of the Molokai Masters. It could be beginner's luck but it looks like Lolly's passion just signed up another lifetime member. Congratulations to Eric for his winning catch. He gets to take home the perpetual trophy of a Molokai original hand-carved mango wood ulua that is really "ulua" sized. Although there were no catches using barbless circle hooks, this small tournament will provide the core group of experienced barbless anglers for future Molokai-based tournaments.