Ulua, or the big boys of fishing, always generates excitement and was no exception at the 14th annual Kmart Shoreline Fishing Tournament over the weekend.
Cody Juarez topped the Keiki 13 to 17 category with a big boy that tipped the scales at 12.93 while Layne Fernandez topped the Ulua category for adult anglers with a fish that weighed in at 94 pounds.
This year’s tournament capitalized on near-perfect fishing conditions of clear weather and a full moon, boosting the field to almost 200 adult anglers and more than 120 keiki anglers vying for a plethora of prizes made possible through the efforts of the tournament’s major sponsor, Maurice Sporting Goods.
If an ulua is a papio that exceeds 9.99 pounds, then its little brother, the papio also generated excitement as Elijah Henderson and Chase Baliaris, the top two finishers in the Keiki 4 to 8 years division, came up with fish weighing at 6.05 and 4.30 pounds, respectively.
Adult anglers pushed for fish as close to 9.99 pounds, David Kealoha getting top honors with his submission that settled at 9.90 pounds. Gareth Souza followed less than .3 pound behind with a 9.61 submission. Alan Duldulao (9.23), Kyle Yokoyama (8.47), Sheri Cacal (7.28) and Michal Bucao (6.67) filled in the leaderboard for that class.
Following Henderson and Baliaris in the Keiki 4-8 group, Zephan Mala’s uhu at 2.63 filled in the third berth before Cindi Fernandez and Shane Kaneholani came up with papio of 2.25 and 1.94 pounds, respectively. Kona Kealoha wrapped up the division leaders with a 1.51 pound kumu.
Eels were the order of the day for keiki anglers as Kai Brun topped the Keiki 9 to 12 division with a 9.55-pound eel. Noah Morales and Micah Morales filled in the second and third spots of the Keiki 13 to 17 division with eelse weighing in at 5.16 pounds and 4.26 pounds, respectively.
Following Brun in the Keiki 9-12, Austin Olivera came up with a table boss at 2.69 pounds followed by Mason Perreira Gonsalves bringing in a papio at 2.54 pounds. Rex Oshiro fielded a roi at 3.81 pounds, Keeton Hardy brought in a moana at 2.03 pounds, Ramah Wong had a 1.92 oio to round out that division.
Kekoa Cacal’s oio at 3.01 pounds filled in the fourth berth of the Keiki 13-17 division followed by Tyvan Goodwin entering a broomfish at 2.66 pounds and Brandon Remigio coming up with a trumpetfish at 2.15 pounds to round out that leaderboard.
Randall Takenaka topped the Total Weight division at 32.46 pounds followed by Johnny Pongasi at 26.32 pounds and Raymond Salazar rounding out the leaders at 17.63 pounds.
Shiler Sugimura topped the Oio class with a 5.46-pound fish followed by Ricky Oyama (4.85) and Darrel Oyama (4.24).
Nelson Acosta’s mu at 7.05 pounds topped the Saltwater 5-Pounds and Over category followed by Glenn Higashi bringing in an eel at 6.26 pounds.
Edgar Vicoy’s mu at 6.25 pounds filled in third place and his palani at 4.06 pounds finished second in the Saltwater 5 Pounds and Under category.
Andy Kim rounded out the Saltwater 5 Pounds and Over division leaders with a 5.51 pound nenue.
Colin Fernandez came up with a nenue weighing in at 4.90 pounds to top the Saltwater 5 Pounds and Under division followed by Vicoy, Juni Cacal (roi 4.04), Michael Remigio (3.99), James Javinar (nenue 3.90) and Shiler Sugimura (nenue 3.69).
Following Layne in the Ulua category, Jenson Mabini’s fish at 39.5 pounds filled in the runner-up berth. Kale Fernandez (36), Malcolm Fernandez (31.5), Mark Ishiki (27) and Kirk Mabini (19.82) rounded out the leaderboard for that category.
Results and photos of the anglers can be found near the customer service area of the Big Kmart store on Nawiliwili Road.
• Dennis Fujimoto, photographer and staff writer, can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 253) or dfujimoto@ thegardenisland.com.