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14th Annual Pole Benda

May 26, 2013

The 14th Annual Pole Benda tournament weigh-in was held in Kamuela, Hawaii at the Thelma Parker Gymnasium. The barbless anglers more than held their own with multiple catches as well as some big fish. The largest barbless catch was made by veteran angler Kahana Itozaki who weighed in a 79.6-lb white ulua. His other 4 uluas weighed in at 27.7, 34.3, 22.4, and 60 lbs. In addition to these catches, he also tagged and released 9 additional uluas for science while fishing barbless circle hooks in this tournament. Kahana's nephew Jordan Kilkenny also weighed in 5 uluas all caught on barbless circle hooks as well. Kahana and many other of the senior fishermen in the community have been mentoring their younger fishing partners and club members in the use of barbless circle hooks. There were also some nice omilu caught on barbless as well. The overall tournament big ulua winner was David Bello who caught an 89.4-lb white ulua on a standard circle hook.