Barbless Circle Hook Program Joins Two Fishing Tournaments

New Hope Hawaii Kai 3rd Annual Keiki Fishing Tournament

The Barbless Circle Hook project did outreach at the New Hope Hawaii Kai 3rd Annual Keiki Fishing Tournament on Saturday July 20.  This annual event is put on by Mike Kim – the church’s self proclaimed “Fishing Minister”.  This year the 136 keiki and parents were treated to a morning of fishing using bamboo poles with barbless hooks.  Pre-fishing announcements were made informing the congregation that it was to be all barbless fishing for the day (last year one girl accidentally hooked herself).  Information about the catch and release and safety first format of the tournament was highlighted.  This year a fair number of fish were caught and released, the park was cleaned, everyone was fed chili, rice and hot dogs for lunch with shaved ice for dessert, and all the keiki went home with prizes.  For more pictures visit

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  Kauai Kmart 16th Annual shoreline Tournament

The Kmart on Kauai held its 16th Annual shoreline Tournament on Sunday July 21.  This is the only Kmart in the US that hosts a fishing tournament like this one.  There were 152 keiki and 240 adults entered in this family and community tournament.  This tournament has its own barbless category as well as the NOAA “Barbless Challenge”.  This year along with the usual species caught using barbless there was an unusual catch of a kala.  This herbivore was caught using a barbless hook with seaweed for bait.  Looks like barbless hooks are being adopted for unexpected purposes.  There were lots of fish caught and the line was still very long even after the noon cut off time.  The largest fish at this tournament was caught on a standard circle hook.  The large ulua weighed in at 91 pounds and was caught on the west side of Kauai.  Reports from fishermen on Kauai say that there were approximately 5 ulua over 100 pounds caught on Kauai so far this year.  For more pictures visit

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