Ulua Tournament Lures in Big Crowd


Tournament participants showcase their catches at the Ulua Tournament Sunday, Sept. 8 hosted by Molokai Fish and Dive. Photo by Laura Pilz

An impressive crowd gathered at Molokai Fish and Dive on Sunday, Sept. 8 as fishermen hoping to win the shop’s first-ever Ulua Fishing Tournament unloaded trucks, bags and coolers carrying their biggest catch.

At 3 p.m. the three-day tournament officially came to a close and each team or participant came forward to weigh their best fish. Many teams revealed more than one ulua to bolster their chance of taking home the grand prize. Ulua were caught island-wide, following state fishing regulations.

After a suspenseful weigh in, an ulua weighing 60.4 pounds was crowned the winner and Daniel Mahiai was awarded the $1000 first place prize.

Second place ($500 prize) went to Lane Namakaeha with a fish weighing 50.8 pounds and third place ($250 prize) went to Henry Bush with an ulua weighing 45.4 pounds.

Fourth, fifth, and sixth place were also awarded $100 gift cards to the Fish and Dive store to purchase gas and fishing equipment.

“There was such enthusiasm and support for the tournament that we have decided to hold it again next year,” said owner Tim Forsberg.

Forsberg plans to raise the stakes even more with a grand prize of $1500.

“We look forward to seeing those who participated this year as well as many new participants in next year’s tournament,” he said.