Team Likeke Club, Illusions Take Home HIBT Wins
Team Likeke Club snatched the top spot on the top of the leaderboard in the middle of the week and never looked back.
Captained by Rich Wilson, Team Likeke Club captured the Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament, scoring 2,296 points, taking a slim victory over Sunshine Coast Game Fish Club.
Illusions was the top boat over the five-day fishing tournament. Captained by Tim Hicks with crew members Chris Kam and Jordan Kilkenny, Illusions finished ahead of Northern Lights II and Ihu Nui.
Friday’s final weigh-in featured one of the top catches in the tournament, a 543.7 pound marlin brought in off of the boat Rod Bender. It was the only catch brought back to the Kona Pier, as everything else was tagged and released.
Shortly after the marlin was brought ashore, a heavy downpour of rain crashed the party of volunteers, fisherman, and interested spectators. There was even a flash of thunder and lightning, forcing many to look for shelter.
“This was a memorable year at the 56th Annual Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament,” said Peter Fithian, HIBT Founder. “All 31 teams and every charter boat in the fleet put points on the board. I’d say that is pretty close to perfect.”
2015 Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament
Team Likeke Club – 2,296
Sunshine Coast Game Fish Club – 2,289
Kona Game Fishing Club – Kusatsu – 2,114
Mermaids Anglers Club – Team Kalaoa – 2,100
Nanhai Lang Tao Club – 1,700
New Britain Game Fishing Club – 1,700
Illusions – 2,445
Northern Lights II – 2,000
Ihu Nui – 1,764
Hooked Up – 1,658
Kona Blue – 1,550
Topshape – 1,450