LIHU`E-Collins Medeiros took advantage of the huge crowd that had built up
during the 2-hour weigh-in at the Third Annual Big Kmart Shoreline Fishing
Tournament to make his entrance.
People, anxious for a view of fish being
weighed in, huddled around the barrier set up to protect the scales while
tournament officials were busy with the task of recording weights that were
being read off almost as fast as they could enter the figures.
brushed aside the layer of ice from his fish box, gasps of awe revealed that
this could be a contender for the $1,500 purse that was part of the
tournament’s attraction that yielded a field of over 350 registered anglers
vying for thousands of dollars in cash and merchandise prizes.
weighmaster’s fingers gently tapped the scale’s indicator, more people huddled
around, many gasping as the size of the giant fish lying on the scalebed. The
scale bar floated, and settled at 73 pounds.
David Lingenfelter, host for
the morning’s event, wanted to know where the fish was caught.”Northshore,” was
Medeiros’ concise answer.
Conditions were ripe for the record field of
anglers as a flurry of ulua entries filled the two-hour weigh-in, many coming
in at the 30- and 40-pound mark.
According to anglers who had already
passed through the weigh-in line, the halalu were running, the seas were not
that rough, and the moon was in the right phase…ideal conditions for drawing
the giant fish close to shore. Store manager Rick Rohl quietly smiled at the
growing number of people that crowded the parking lot of Big Kmart.
Kanahele had come onto the scene earlier in the morning before the crowd had
developed, and his 63-pound ulua had also extracted gasps of awe from the crowd
on hand. His prize tucked away in the fishbox atop the red pickup, Kanahele
smiled quietly as he saw his lead slip to runner-up status and a $500
In the Papio competition, Gordon Higa proudly announced the lead
established by his friend Gilbert Barretto with a 9.58-pound submission.
However, that lead was dropped when Kerry Yokoyama, carrying a small cooler,
unveiled a 9:73-pounder that took the lead and eventual purse in that
Cheryl Sato took the Women’s largest ulua category with a
40-pound fish over Joann Langtad’s 28.5-pound entry.
Eve Pagador topped the
Women’s Papio competition with an 8.35-pound entry with Bernadette Church,
Wilona Bumanalog, and Rose Bettencourt rounding out the leaders.
Suzuki’s 5.25-pound oio captured top honors in that class with Tommy Texeira’s
3.54-pounder in second place, .02-pound heavier than Harry Paik’s 3.52-pound
Ola Kiilau topped the Freshwater competition with a 3.71-pound
submission with Steven Logan and Rodney Medina rounding out the leaders of that
Nenue dominated the fight in the 5 Pounds and Under Open Division
with Cosme Amulacion topping the competition with a 4.90-pounder, just
.01-pound heavier than second place Dennis Bonilla’s entry. Jessi Rabot,
Charlene Amulacion, and Alan Hiranaka rounded out the leaders in that
Kainoa Pongasi topped the Children’s”A” Division with a 3.5-pound
nenue with Mark Kanahele, Kaitlyn Santos, and Kahiapo Cummings rounding out the
Brandy Duterte had a 8.35-pound mu to capture top earnings in the
Children’s”B” division, and Bryson Cadawas topped the Children’s”C” Division
with a 21-pound kahala.
Ross Kaui, 8, was the lucky winner of the custom
Kimura Rod that was the grand prize drawing for the event coordinated by
numerous store volunteers and headed by Sandy Pasion.
Goods, Rob’s Goodtime Grill, and many other vendors provided prizes and
sponsorship for this event that had Maurice Sporting Goods’ Ale Lingenfelter
and Cathy Wright busy all morning coordinating special keiki events as well as
helping coordinate the prize categories.
Third Annual Big Kmart
Shoreline Fishing Tournament
Collins Medeiros (73), Robert
Kanahele (63), James Largo (59), Curt Fune (56), Tarvan Orsatelli (50), Ola
Kiilau (43), Kevin Pongasi (42.5), E.J. Bukoski (40.5), Eric Ichimasa (40),
Shawn Baliaris (39).
Cheryl Sato (40), Joann Langtad
(28.5), Charlene Amulacion 13.31), Tllissh Agbulos (12.14).
Kerry Yokoyama (9.73), Gilbert Barretto (9.58), Gannon Kagimoto
(9.53), Randy Miyashiro (9.51), Tarvan Orsatelli (9.22), Silver Remigio
Eve Pagador (8.35), Bernadette Church (7.44),
Wilona Bumanalog (5.32), Rose Bettencourt (3.86).
Tokim Suzuki (5.25), Tommy Texeira (3.54), Harry Paik (3.52), Lee
Pagador (3.41, Warren Kawaguchi (3.19), Ricky Oyama (3.14).
Ola Kiilau (3.71), Steven Logan (2.76), Rodney Medina (2.44),
Ray Caberto (2.02), Russell Matsuyama (1.94), Lee Pagador (1.48).
Division Five Pounds & Under Saltwater
Cosme Amulacion (4.90 nenue),
Dennis Bonilla (4.89 nenue), Jessi Rabot (4.80 nenue), Charlene Amulacion (4.47
nenue), Alan Hiranaka (4.45 nenue), Lee Pagador (4.55
Kainoa Pongasi (3.5 nenue), Mark Kanahele (2.94
nenue), Kaitlyn Santos (2.33 broom), Kahiapo Cummings (1.77 nenue), Devin Rull
(1.73 nenue), Christian Largo (1.55 oio).
(8.35 mu), Jarette (3.55 nenue), Bradley 3.38 nenue), Keala Lovell 2.99 nenue),
Sarah Duterte (2.23 oio), Aaron Ramos (2.16
Bryson Cadawas (21 kahala), Cody Bonilla (13.85
ulua), Billy Caberto (12.10 ulua), Fernando Calixtero (5.22 nenue), Brandon
Fujioka (2.35 nenue), Shanelle Martin (2.5 hinalea).