KAPAA — Julie Sanderl beat the clock — twice — to end up in the winner’s circle Saturday at Na Wahine O Ke Kai fishing tournament at the Kapaa Small Boat Harbor.
“We hooked up at 2:45 p.m.,” said Chris Sanderl, Julie’s husband. “Then, we had to come in from Hanalei in Saturday traffic.”
The couple beat the fishing deadline by 15 minutes and beat the weighing deadline by an even closer margin after dealing with the traffic coming into Kapaa.
Julie Sanderl was one of the three category winners, taking honors with her ono which weighed 23 pounds. The couple also came in with a mahi mahi which stopped the scale at 8.5 pounds.
“I loved it,” Julie said. “All the other times, we had to let the men do it. This time, I got to pull in the fish. When we pulled it in, the fish was full of color.”
That fish could not usurp the category winner of 21.90 pounds turned in by Norma Sullivan and Yuko Pottorff for the mahi class.
“This was exciting,” Pottorff said. “We hooked up right outside, early about 9 a.m.”
Sarah Purcell, fishing aboard the Kai Holo III, ended the winner’s circle with a 13-pound aku which topped that category after beating out the submission from Christy Keale, fishing aboard the Sanoe Lea 2, which tipped in at 5.90 pounds.
Jolene Spence, sea captain for the Garden Island Trollers, said the tournament was an opportunity for women anglers to get together as a community to build good fellowship and unity.