Click on this link to print up the Entry Form, Rules and Waivers
Plenty Pupule Kayaks,
Tournaments, Clinics and quality gear...
Stop by the Plenty Pupule Kayak store (Kona), to fill out
your entry forms, and get in on the Kayak Fishing excitement with the
chance to win your share of thousands of dollars in cash and prizes!
This coming Kayak Fishing Tournament, The Big Island Pelagic Pursuit! will take place on April 26th-27th 2014
New changes including a $35 entry fee! And three Hobie Quest 11 Angler Kayaks as top prizes!
As our top "Incentive" Prize, One of those Quest 11s will be going to the Angler bringing in the "Inshore" fish closest to 10 lbs!
Congratulations to Devin Hallingstad (photo at topleft) for landing his
176lb Ahi (Yellowfin Tuna), in his Hobie MIrage Revolution without motorized assistance! Read
his story at the bottom to get amped up for coming tournaments!
And following that record up. If you were at our last (Big Island) weigh in March 25th 2012 . You would have seen Devin bringing in his 2nd record catch, in less than a year, (photo above) with his 112lb Sailfish.
All kayak fisherpersons pictured left have placed among the top
finishers in our Big Island Kayak Fishing Tournaments. Kelly Harrison
of www.plentypupule.com (P and P Kayaks) and his staff are now hosting
the P and P "Pelagic Pursuit" Kayak Fishing Contests.
And we're always open to input for improving the tournament. So send us
any ideas by email (to firstname.lastname@example.org)
Click the following links to see our more recent and past kayak fishing
tournaments, summaries of the meets, and photos of the winners and
November 2013 (Big Island and Kauai combined) results and photos
May 2013 (Big Island) results and photos
November 2012 (Big Island) results and photos
Sept 2012 (Kauai) results and photos
March (Big Island) 2012 results and photos
August 2011 results and photos
August 2010 results and photos
May 2010 results and photos
November 2009 results and photos
August 2009 results and photos
May 2009 results and photos
November 2008 results and photos
August 2008 results and photos
June 2008 results and photos
Nov 2007 results and photos
June 2007 results and photos
Nov. 2006 results and photos
For our upcoming Kayak Fishing Clinics
Saturday is ground school in the store and Sunday, we'll be getting out on the water to put your newfound knowledge and gear to the test. Clinic fee is $35 but the best part of that deal is that paying that $35 for the clinic also covers your entry into our upcoming tournament (first time Pelagic Puruit entrants only)
Here are some of the details for our upcoming Pelagic Pursuit...
Anglers are welcome to fish (from a kayak, Canoe or SUP) at any location around the BIg Island that they choose.
For those who are time challenged, you're
welcome to compete on a single day as long as you can get your catch to
the weigh-in on Sunday from 4-5:30 pm at the Plenty Pupule Kayak (Kona) retail
We've simplified our entry divisions. So all entrants are automatically good whether they catch Inshore or Pelagic species. Contestants will get scored for their heaviest Pelagic and/or heaviest Inshore catch.
for the tournament are now a flat $35 for single Anglers. Or $55 for a Tandem team. Tandem would be 2 entrants fishing together out of a tandem Kayak or OC2.
Tandem Teams will be able to weigh in one inshore and one Pelagic catch per team.
Motorized Kayaks are not allowed in the tournament.
Here is the link to print up the Entry Form, Rules and Waivers
Top Prizes: 3 Kayaks to the top finshers! The Hobie Quest 11s go to the top finishers in Pelagic and Inshore. The Hobie Lanai goes to the"Closest to 10lbs" winner.
We weigh in (and have awards) in both divisions, Pelagic and Inshore, The top 3 in each division will receive awards..
Additional Hobie prizes being awarded will include 2) Hobie Fisherman Pfds, 2) Fiberglass Paddles, 2) pairs Hobie Escondido Sunglasses, 2 Rod Leashes, 4) Angler T shirts, 6) Hobie Hats with some of these items being given in our drawing for those attending the weigh in that weren't fortunate enough to place among the top finishers.
As always, I'd appreciate any comments/ideas to improve the tournament.
All entrants will receive a T-Shirt with soft drinks
and Pupuus being served during the weigh-in hours, Sunday from
4-5:30pm at the Plenty Pupule Kayak (Kona) store..
All entrants catching fish and wanting to win a prize must show up
during those weigh-in hours on Sunday from 4-5:30pm to be eligible
We probably don't need to mention it but please be aware that the
weigh-in cut off time will be strictly enforced as it has been in the
Sea Life not allowed will be Eels, Turtles, Rays, Sharks, and Marine Mammals. Fish Only!
Fishing must be accomplished
from a Kayak, Canoe or Sup, though you are free to fish at any location around the Big Island that you choose. No assistance from motor boats (or any motors mounted on kayaks) is
State Law must be obeyed. Kayakers must have a PFD and whistle on board while fishing in the tournament.
Participants must either fish with a
partner, provide a detailed float plan to a significant other (or Plenty Pupule Kayaks), or carry
sufficient emergency gear (like cell phone, vhf radio or personal
locater beacon) that would be reasonable for safety given the area that
they intend on fishing.
All fish must be caught by rod and reel from a Kayak, OC or SUP.
No night fishing is allowed during the Tournament.
No previously frozen or rotten
fish will be allowed to weigh in. The weigh-in time will be strictly
observed. Fish as late as you like, but make the weigh-in deadline on
The category for Inshore fish
will be comprised of Ulua, Kahala, O'milu, Kagami, Kaku, Uku, Kumu, Aha
and all reef fish such as Roi, Palani or Kala
The Offshore Category will be
comprised of Ahi, Mahimahi, Ono, Aku, Kawakawa, Spearfish and any other
Any species caught but not listed above will be classified by the contest officials.
Tournament Sponsorship provided by:
plentypupule.com (Plenty Pupule Kayaks)
Forms and Waivers will be available at the Plenty Pupule Kayaks Kona... or
click on the Rules/Waivers/Entry Forms link to print them out.
Hook em up!
Ride em till they submit,
And we'll see you at the weigh in....
Devin's 176lb Record Ahi
(For clarity: Devin is fishing out of a Hobie Mirage Revolution with the sidekick Amas attached)
I wanted to get it in as quick as I could so no shark had a chance at
it. I had to stand and lean over the side to pull it in the yak
but once up all the weight made the kayak extremely tipsy. My
ama's were constantly under water. Now I had to spin it and slide
it in the back so I could peddle in because at this point it was taking
up the entire Kayak. With only a small area in the front and back
I sat in the back of the kayak submerged in water and pulled inch by
I then climbed to the front and pushed
and moved poles, lines fins and ropes and could then finally get the
monster in the back after some really close calls. I had to lean
extra hard not the flip with all that dead stiff weight it was enough
to easily flip and break my ama's especially tied to the boat. I could
finally peddle with the back submerged and the fish sitting in water
and the front doing wheelies over every wind swell and my seat
completely filled with blood. Slowly I worked my way in a mile or
so and I had to peddle hard.
I knew I was taking in water because it
always does when I pack my larger friends back there. I couldn't open
the hatch in the middle because it was submerged and I didn't want to
open the front because I had to balance and move gear. It was so
gnarly I contemplated dumping the fish and somehow floating it back to
shore, but I had no floats. Once in shore I found my yak full of
water. Luckily there were some tourists to help me carry the fish
up the beach and over some rocks to my truck. Once I got it in
the box I couldn't close the lid and had shibis sticking out of the ice
around it. I could finally take a deep breath and thought what a
beautiful sight!!! Looking at the leader I was lucky because the
100 lb. leader was worn in half from the fight. The next day the
fish weighed in at 176.5 lbs.