AQUAHUNTERS Mahi Masters 2011

The 2011 AQUAHUNTERS Mahi Masters was held on July 16 and July 17, 2011 and a great time was had by all involved. Special thanks to Isaac “Rocket” Brumaghim for putting on a great tournament. There were 10 two man teams this year competing in the Mahi Masters. Even though the name of the tournament is “Mahi Masters” there are other jackpot fish that can put some cash in your pocket too. We were eager to get this tournament on because we’ve been on a Mahimahi roll for the past month or so, we were the 2009 champs and we wanted the title back, and just because the group of guys we were going to be competing with was a great group.
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We started Saturday excited and ready to go. Hit the water at sunrise and it was so winds that we could open our sail and sail out! Bad sign. We like wind, but this area is horrible to fish in when there is that much wind. We plodded on, did whatever we could think of, and WHTEWASHED! One small strike in the middle of the day and nothing for the rest of the day! =(

We decided to try another spot on Sunday because we’ve been having success with that spot recently. Minutes into the day things are looking up. Gareth caught bait right away and the ocean seemed alive! All of a sudden...ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ! One of our reels, loaded with Blackwater Hollow Braid, starts to scream! We set the hook, and the battle is on! Back and forth, left and right, up and down! This fish doesn’t want to give up! We finally get a look and we see that it’s a Shibi (Yellow Fin Tuna under 100#). We get it to leader and think that it’s done, but the fish had other ideas and screamed out line again! This pattern continued until the fish finally tired and I gave it a Kage (kayak fishing kill spear) shot to the head and brought it onboard.

Dropped another bait and it started getting nervous...there’s a predator fish around...zzzzz...zzzzz...ZZZZZZZZZZZZ! Another fish on! This time we knew it was a Shibi...and it felt bigger than the first! After a few minutes the Shibi starts going wild, then all of a sudden stopped fighting and was just dead weight. When we brought it up, we saw why. A shark had decided to “tax” us by taking a third of the shibi for himself to eat.

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Still time in the day to try and get a Mahi, but the rest of the day was spent wishing and wanting, but only getting a couple of Ta’ape (invasive fish, but good eating). We sailed in, packed up and rushed to the scales. We are the last competitors to arrive and the weighmaster started the scales up!

The first “jackpot” species to be weighed was the Ta’ape, and luckily for us we had 2! (Should have read the rules more carefully. Haha!) Isaac weighed his Ta’ape first and it came to a whopping 9 ounces...it was my turn...I take our Ta’ape up, hook it onto the scale and it comes out 10 ounces...then blinks back to 9...then to 10 again! We won the Ta’ape jackpot by one ounce!
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The tournament weigh in went Taape, Goat fish, Aha, Jack, Kaku, Kamanu, Kawakawa, Uku, Shibi, Ono, then the Mahis. Unluckily for us we didn’t have other fish to weigh until the Shibi category, but other people did, and many impressive fish came to the scale.
Aloha Gannon, won 4 of the categories! Biggest goat fish (2 lbs 1 oz), biggest Aha (10 lbs 12 oz), biggest Uku (10 lbs 2 oz), and biggest Ono (32 lbs 15 oz).
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Biggest Omilu (Blue Fin Trevally) - Isaac Brumaghim (18 lbs 3 oz)
Biggest Ulua (Giant Trevally) - Ho’ala Greevy (51 lbs)
Biggest Kawakawa (Wavyback Tuna) - David “Boogie-D” Elgas (15 lbs)
Biggest Shibi - “Mahi Mike” Ichiyama (22 lbs 7 oz)
Biggest Bull Mahimahi - Josh Dela Cruz 20 lbs 7 oz
Biggest 2 Mahis (and new Mahi Masters Champions) - David Elgas (17 lbs 4 oz) + Rob Hall (12 lbs 13 oz) = 30 lbs 1 oz
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Some food and “refreshments” after made this a very enjoyable day!
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