Outreach Project Encourages Use of Barbless Circle Hooks

Proud anglers display the five largest white ulua caught in the Hilo Casting Club's 33rd Annual Ulua Tournament.

Kurt Kawamoto's research on barbless circle hooks continues to show the benefits of this fishing method in reducing injury to fish caught and released by Hawaii's shoreline fishers. To help promote use of the method, Kawamoto set up a Barbless Circle Hook Project outreach booth at the Hilo Casting Club's 33rd Annual Ulua Tournament on Saturday, July 12, 2008. The event drew 121 enthusiastic participants. Angler Glen Roxburgh landed a 50.1 lb white ulua on a barbless circle hook. His additional catches of a 15.5 lb omilu, 62.7 lb white ulua, and 77.6 lb white ulua won him an award as top tournament angler. With his 77.6 lb white ulua, Roxburgh also placed 5th overall in the largest ulua competition. The club actively promotes catch and release fishing and the use of barbless circle hooks.

For more information contact: Kurt Kawamoto