NAWILIWILI — Kauai firefighter Clinton Fujii was the big winner of the first Kauai Fire Department Trolling Tournament which wrapped up on July 12.
The tournament was contested over two days to allow fishermen an opportunity to fish without conflicting with their shifts. For those who wished to fish over the two days, the registration fees had to be paid for both days.
Weigh-ins were conducted at two different sites to avoid conflict with the Fishing Derby being hosted by the Port Allen Fishing Club; the first weigh-in took place at the Lihi Park in Kapaa and moved to Port Allen on the second day of the tournament.
Fujii topped the two days of fishing, winning top honors in three of the four offered divisions, including fielding a 40-pound ono for top honors in that class. His 12.5-pound mahimahi was the sole entry in that division, and a 158-pound ahi topped that class followed by Chad Tabuchi submitting a fish weighing in at 133 pounds.
Steven Fountain followed Fujii in the ono class with a fish weighing in at 38.6 pounds.
Justin Shinn topped the aku division with a fish stopping the scales at 19.9 pounds followed by Albert Kaui submitting a 9.8-pound fish.
Pono Pananganan, chair of the first KFD Trolling Tournament, said this first-ever tournament for firemen would not be possible without the generous support of the community, including many sponsors.