Collins Medeiros wins Big Kmart $1,500 ulua jackpot

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.

As Medeiros

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.

The

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.

Robert

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

purse.

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

division.

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.

Tokim

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

submission.

Ola Kiilau topped the Freshwater competition with a 3.71-pound

submission with Steven Logan and Rodney Medina rounding out the leaders of that

class.

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

field.

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

leaders.

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.

Maurice Sporting

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

Ulua

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).

Women’s Ulua

Cheryl Sato (40), Joann Langtad

(28.5), Charlene Amulacion 13.31), Tllissh Agbulos (12.14).

Men’s

Papio

Kerry Yokoyama (9.73), Gilbert Barretto (9.58), Gannon Kagimoto

(9.53), Randy Miyashiro (9.51), Tarvan Orsatelli (9.22), Silver Remigio

(8.84).

Women’s Papio

Eve Pagador (8.35), Bernadette Church (7.44),

Wilona Bumanalog (5.32), Rose Bettencourt (3.86).

Open Division

Oio

Tokim Suzuki (5.25), Tommy Texeira (3.54), Harry Paik (3.52), Lee

Pagador (3.41, Warren Kawaguchi (3.19), Ricky Oyama (3.14).

Open Division

Fresh Water

Ola Kiilau (3.71), Steven Logan (2.76), Rodney Medina (2.44),

Ray Caberto (2.02), Russell Matsuyama (1.94), Lee Pagador (1.48).

Open

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

papio).

Children’s”A”

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).

Children’s”B”

Brandy Duterte

(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

trigger).

Children’s”C”

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).

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