Kona, Hawaii – July 11, 2011 – The crew of the Humdinger, Captain Jeff Fay, and Deckhands Henry “Butch” Chee Jr. and Brett Fay along with Anglers Jim Humphries and Eldon Lee went on to win top honors in the total points and most tags categories in Kona Tournament Series Skins Marlin Derby held in Kona July 8-10, 2011.
The Humdinger Sportfishing team made a strong showing in day one of the tournament tagging three fish for a total of 600 points, but Heather Masunaga fishing on the Rod Bender landed a 676.5 lb blue marlin in the closing minutes of the first day to take the lead in points and capture the SKIN for day one.
Keeping up the pace of day one, the crew of the Humdinger went on to tag two more fish on the second day of the tournament, but Jim Rainey fishing on the Maui Jim weighed the only fish on day two, a 506 pound blue marlin, that was just enough to take the SKIN for the day. Despite not weighing a fish, the Crew of Humdinger Sportfishing lead the tournament in total points with five tags and 1,000 points at the end of day two.
The fishing stayed red hot on the Grounds during day three, but the Humdinger struggled to connect on a big fish. Hooking and losing a nice fish on day three just added to the crew’s frustration, but with such a strong showing on the first two days, the Humdinger hung on to win the total points category and the skin for day three as well, taking home $38,000 in prize money.
Fishing Trip Reviews
We took our first Deep Sea Fishing Trip. The Crew was very informative and made the trip enjoyable. We caught two different types of fish. Our four teenagers had a great time. I would recommend the Humdinger with Jeff and Brett on the boat for a wonderful experience.
heatherscholes68 Coalville, Utah Visited May 2016
An absolutely wonderful excursion! There were 3 of us that booked a 4 hour charter on the Humdinger. One in our group had deep sea fishing on her bucket list and she is thrilled that Captain Jeff and his son Brett were the ones to see it through! At first it looked like it would just be a 4 hour boat ride but we were still having a great time. We got to visit with Brett and talked about everything from fishing to places for great local plate lunches. Brett is a very polite, professional and friendly young man. And if you get a hit you can watch him fly into action, an impressive sight! On the way back our bucket list friend got a hit and reeled in a 30 plus pound short nosed spearfish – a blast for all of us!! After tons of pictures Brett filleted the fish, packed it in bags and put it on ice for us. Fortunately, we were staying in a condo so we could enjoy the catch. We had it grilled, pan sautéed, lightly breaded in pano, etc. Definitely ate more fish in two weeks than we usually do in a year! We also shared some with a friend that lives on the island. Captain Jeff is a very pleasant and knowledgeable man but we didn’t get to visit much with him during the charter because he was upstairs piloting the boat. Before we left the mainland we called several charters for information and pricing. Having never gone deep sea fishing we were clueless about everything and had tons of questions. Captain Jeff very patiently answered and re-answered all of our questions. He was also the best priced charter of the ones we called. We highly recommend the Humdinger and it’s awesome father/son team to anyone looking for a great experience deep sea fishing!
chastikea Kailua-Kona, Hawaii Visited May 2016
My husband and I went deep sea fishing while in Hawaii last and went with Humdinger. They had a great set up and really knew what they were doing. The owner and his son were friendly and patient. My husband was thrilled to catch a short billed spearfish.
Tracy M Colorado Springs Visited April 2016
My 13 year one son and I spent a half day trip with Jeff and Brett on Humdinger. First time deep sea fishing for us and though the fishing was slow, we really had a nice time. Fishing is not always catching, but the guys worked hard and in the end we landed a nice Mahi Mahi. Would certainly come back again. Thanks guys!
Strany06 Oregon March 2016