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S. Tokunaga Ulua Challenge

June 15, 2013

The S. Tokunaga Ulua Challenge, the largest shoreline tournament in Hawaii, hosted 515 anglers this year. The Barbless Challenge (54% signed up) anglers had another great year. The weigh-in went from 11 am to 2 pm on Sunday. There were so many fish that even after the 2 pm cutoff the trucks were still lined up around the gym and deep into the parking lot. It was after 3 pm when it was all said and done.

At 11 am the first fish to be weighed in was a 24.4-lb barbless ulua caught by Morgan Carter. Coincidentally the last fish of the day was also a barbless ulua. This one a 19 pounder caught by Rob Libanos. In between these the barbless uluas and omi- lus kept coming at a steady pace. In the end there were a total of 21 fish weighed in that were caught on barbless circle hooks. The barbless and the tournament highlight was Dean Uyetake's winning ulua, a 93.4 pounder. The Barbless Challenge anglers took 1st and 3rd in the Ulua division and 3rd in the Omilu division. Another great showing.