2016 Kona Fishing Tournaments

The Complete Listing of Marlin Fishing Tournaments in Kona Hawaii for 2016

Make your plans now to join us for an exciting tournament season in Kona Hawaii and be sure and watch for the Humdinger on the upcoming season of the Hawaii Marlin Challenge, Premiering Nationwide, Summer 2016.


The Charter Desk Annual New Years Day Fishing Tournament 2016

January 1, 2016

Hosted by The Charter Desk at Honokohau Marina and Small Boat Harbor, the Annual New Year’s Day Fishing Tournament will be held January 1, 2016 and is fun for the whole family.  For more information, contact The Charter Desk on their website HERE.


Rock & Reel Hawaiian Open Fishing Tournament Kona 2016

June 11-12, 2016

Hosted by the Hawaii Big Game Fishing Club, the 14th Annual Rock & Reel Fishing Tournament will be held June 11-12, 2016 in Kona Hawaii promises fun and excitement for the whole family.  This two day event held annually in June offers cash and prizes and promotes Tag & Release.

Kewalo Harbor Big Fish Chase 2016 (Charter Not Available)

Dates TBD

Kewalo Harbor is location of the largest marlin ever caught on Rod & Reel.  On June 10, 1970, Captain Cornelius Choy weighed a 1,805 pound blue marlin that he caught just offshore from the tiny fishing village of Kaka‘ako on the Hawaiian island of Oahu.  The giant blue marlin has become to be known as “Choy’s Monster, and to date nobody has bested the feat of catching a blue marlin on Rod & Reel larger than “Choy’s Monster”.  In honor of this historic accomplishment, Kewalo Harbor introduced the Big Fish Chase Fishing tournament in 2015.  This four flag event, and minimum $10,000 purse pays cash and prizes for the largest Marlin, Ahi, Ono and Mahimahi.  Check for details or visit the tournament website HERE.


Kona Kickoff 2016

June 25-26, 2016

The first event in the Hawaii Marlin Tournament Series, the Kona Kickoff will be held June 25-26, 2016 and is a Four Flags fishing tournament with cash prizes paid for the largest marlin, ahi, ono and mahimahi with 40% of the base purse paid for the largest marlin and 20% of the purse paid for each of the largest ahi, ono and mahimahi.  Win even more prize money by entering the options daily prize categories.  For more information and registration information, visit the Kona Tournaments website HERE.


Marlin Magic Lures Fishing Tournament Kona 2016

June 29-30, 2016

The 2016 Marlin Magic Lures Fishing Tournament in Kona Hawaii will be held June 29-30.  For more information contact Captain Marlin Parker via his website located HERE.


Firecracker Open 2016

July 2-3, 2016

The Kona Marlin Tournament Series Firecracker Open will be held July 2nd and 3rd 2016.  This two day fishing tournament awards the base purse to the highest point scoring team for the biggest marlin and biggest ahi of the tournament.  Optional daily prize categories for the largest marlin and largest ahi each day are also available.  For more information and registration forms, visit the Firecracker Open, Kona Marlin Tournament page located HERE.


32nd Annual Blue Marlin World Cup 2016

July 4th, 2016

The Blue Marlin World Cup is a one day, one species fishing tournament that is conducted worldwide each July 4th.  Each Year, anglers all over the world, compete during a one day, 8-hour fishing tournament in a winner take all event for the largest marlin.  2016 will mark the 32nd annual event and dozens of teams from around the world compete for hundreds of thousands of dollars in prize money and bragging rights.  For more information, registration forms and complete tournament rules, visit the Blue Marlin World Cup Website HERE.


Kona Throwdown 2016

July 5-7, 2016

The Kona Throwdown Tournament is a winner take all event for the Largest Marlin of the Tournament, and will be held this year July 5-7, 2016.  Optional daily categories for the largest marlin each day.  For more information and registration forms, visit the Kona Marlin Tournament Series Kona Throwdown page HERE.


Skins Marlin Derby 2016

July 8-10, 2016

The Skins Marlin Derby is fashioned after the popular golf event and will be held at Honokohau Harbor in Kona Hawaii on July 8-10, 2016.  The base purse of the tournament is available each day to the largest marlin over 500 pounds.  If nobody catches a marlin over 500 pounds, the purse rolls to the next day.  The Skins Marlin Derby has traditioanlly paid out large purses and remains one of the most unique fishing tournament in Kona to this day.  For more information and regristration forms, visit the Kona Marlin Tournament Series Skins marlin Derby Page HERE.


Hawaii Lure Maker’s Challenge 2016

July 15-17, 2016

The 2016 Hawaii Lure Makers Challenge will be held July 15-16, 2016 and began as the September Challenge in 2010. This popular Kona marlin tournament was conceived and designed form the ground up with input from the top skippers of 2010. With a 400 pound minimum weight, teams compete for the top prize of 70% of the base purse payout.  For more information and registration forms, visit the Kona Marlin Tournament Series September Lure Maker’s Challenge page  HERE.


The 21st Annual Huggo’s Wahine Fishing Tournament 2016

July 30th, 2016

The 21st Annual Huggo’s  Wahine FishingTournament 2016 will be held in Kailua-Kona Hawaii, Saturday July 30th  2016.  This fun-filled fishing tournament, with prizes for the best decorated boat and best costumed team, benefits Family Support Hawaii (FSH), formally Family Support Services of West Hawaii.  In addition to the prizes for best decorated boat and best costumed team, the all-women anglers compete for cash prizes which are awarded to the teams with the biggest marlin/billfish.  For more information on this year’s event and registration forms, visit the the official website for the 2016 Huggos Wahine Fishing Tournament  HERE.


The 57th Annual Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament 2016

July 30th – August 7th, 2016

The 57th Annual Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament, HIBT 2016 will be held in Kailua-Kona Hawaii, July 30th through August 7th 2016.  This prestigious tournament attracts fishing teams from around the world who descend on on the Big Island each year for five days of intense fishing with Kona’s most experienced captains and crews.  For more information on this year’s event and registration forms, visit the Hawaiian Internal Billfish Tournament’s Official Website HERE.


Big Island Marlin Tournament 2016

August 12-14, 2016

The Big Island Marlin Tournament was founded in Kona in 1986.  This event, the first of its kind to pay a cash purse for tag-and-release, will be held August 12-14, 2016 and was the first Big Game Sportfishing Tournament of its kind in Hawaii. The top three largest marlin of the tournament are paid from the base purse, and optional daily purses pay the most points and largest marlin each day of the tournament.  For more information and registration forms, visit the Kona Marlin Tournament Series Big Island Marlin Tournament page  HERE.


26th Annual Tag and Release Tournament – TART

August 15-19, 2016

The Pacific Blue Marlin Tag & Release Tournament (TART), now in its 26th year, promotes billfish conservation through a tag and release tournament format while educating viewers about the biology, science and habits of blue marlin and other billfish species.   The tournament format features five boats, five captains and five anglers competing over a five day span—boat to boat, captain versus captain and angler versus angler. Contestants earn points from catching, tagging and releasing Pacific Blue Marlin.   To learn more about the TART Tournament, visit the official website HERE.


1st Annual – It’s a Wrap Tournament

September 9-11, 2016

The first annual “It’s a Wrap” Tournament will be held September 9-11, 2016 at Honokohau Harbor on the Big Island of Hawaii in Kona.  This event will follow the Hawaii Marlin Tournament Series points scoring system.  This Bonus tournament allows all teams in the running to compete for additional points.   For more information and registration forms, visit the Kona Marlin Tournament Series Website HERE.

Come fish Kona with one of Hawaii’s top scoring captains and the only four time winner of the prestigious Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament.  The Kona Tournament Series runs June through September and awards hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and prizes.  With an emphasis on tag & release, the Kona Tournament Series draws anglers from around the world each year, who descend on Kona for these big money events.

Marlin Fishing Tournaments in Kona Hawaii

Complete List of Kona Marlin Fishing Tournaments in 2016

The waters off of the coast of Kailua-Kona Hawaii are one of the most accessible and prolific marlin fisheries in the world.  There are few places where anglers can literally catch a blue marlin just a few hundreds yards from the harbor.  The fishing grounds are also shielded by towering volcanoes that protect the coastal areas from the persistent trade winds on the island, making a day fishing in Kona feel more like a calm boat ride on an inland lake.  Finally, the fishery in Kona is productive year round for Blue Marlin, Striped Marlin, Shortbilled Spearfish, Yellowfin Tuna, Dorado and Wahoo.  For all of these reasons, Kona Hawaii is a favored destination for globe trotting, big game sportfishing enthusiasts seeking to compete for cash and prizes.

Each year, anglers from around the world decend on the tiny village of Kailua-Kona Hawaii to do battle with giant blue marlin in the pursuit of big money cash and prizes.  Kona is host to about a dozen fishing tournaments each year.  While many tournaments focus on species like blue marlin, there are a number of events that target other species such as Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo and Dorado.  There are even tournaments tailored to small boat owners under 20 feet in length and a few events just for the ladies.

Because the fishing in Kona occurs so close to the island, just a few hundred yards to a few miles from shore, anglers participating in these events spend more of the day with lines in the water.  As a results, expect to see a good number of fish weighed at the scales each afternoon around 4pm.  While most Marlin fishing tournaments are designed to encourage the tag and release of smaller marlin, the fish that are brought to the scales will typically be much larger and range between 500 pounds to over 1,000 pounds!

If you are looking for a fun and exciting activity that is great for the whole family, consider fishing a tournament in Kona on your next visit to the Big Island of Hawaii.