If you’re into big game fishing, then check out the series of Hawaii marlin fishing tournaments held on the Big Island by Kona Tournaments. The series is sponsored by Maui Jim and is made up of 6 events that span from June through August.
Tournaments are in Kona Bay. Only marlins between 500 pounds and 1,500 pounds score points toward the cash prizes.
Schedule of Fishing Events
13th Annual Kona Classic – June 27th & 28th
21th Firecracker – July 4th & 5th
18th Skins Marlin Derby – July 10th, 11th & 12th
2008 Championship Dates – July 17th, 18th & 19th
23rd Big Island Marlin Tournament – Aug. 21st, 22nd & 23rd
Lazy Marlin Hunt – Aug 28th, 29th & 30th
Because the Big Island is so large, you’ll want to stay near Kailua-Kona to avoid excessive driving times. Recommended accommodations during the tournament would be our Kailua-Kona vacation rentals or Kailua-Kona condos. There are other places to stay nearby, but call us at (800) 853-0787 to make sure you find a rental that is within a reasonable distance.
There are several sport fishing boats that you can charter. Try Intrepid Sports Fishing. They have a beautiful boat. Be sure to book early or they’ll be reserved.
There are entry fees plus chartering a boat (assuming you’re visiting and you don’t own one), but if you split costs with a team of participants it can be affordable. Plus, if you do well there are some big cash prizes. Tournament registration and briefing is help the day before each event. For more information or call Jody Bright at (808) 327-1440 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.