The Hoolea 2000 Fishing tournament, sponsored by CSX Lines (formerly Sealand), Jim Beam, Caterpillar, Dekuyper, Budweiser, and Murphys Bar and Grille, has received 61 paid entries, and more are coming in daily.
Also committing to the tournament are several additional sponsors including Penn Fishing Reels and Maui Jim Sunglasses, whose contributions to tournament participants are magnificent.
Hoolea success has come from a resurgence in popularity in the past two years, with a renewed attitude for fishing in a quality event along Oahus South Shore. With 77 entries in 1999, tournament organizers are expecting more for 2000, and encouraging anglers to enter soon in order to ensure mooring at one of the clubs.
Hoolea 2000 offers participants so many ways to win. In addition to paying an expected base entry purse in excess of $35,000 over five places with an anticipated first prize of over $15,000.00, Hoolea will pay $400.00 to the largest qualifying Marlin, Ahi, Ono, Mahimahi, and Aku each day. Combining these cash prizes with the Penn rod and reel combo, the many pairs of Maui Jim Sunglasses, and the free entries to the 2001 Ahi Fever and Hana Paa tournaments, Hoolea will be giving out prizes well into the evening at the banquet come labor day.
Hoolea 2000 is the sixth stop on the Maui Jim Hawaii Marlin Series, a statewide series of tournaments that will end up at a made-for-TV fish-off at South Point for the series top five anglers. Points are earned by participation in tournaments all around the state and additional points are earned by catching qualifying fish and/or placing in these tournaments. The qualifying Kona tournaments include the Kona Classic (May 13 and 14), the Big Island Invitational (June 15, 16 and 17), the Firecracker Open (July 1 and 2), the Skins Marlin Derby (July 7, 8 and 9), the August Moon Billfish tournament (August 6 through 12), and the Okoe Bay Rendezvous (September 7 through 10). The qualifying Maui tournament is the famous Lahaina Jackpot held the weekend before Halloween on October 27, 28 and 29.
The schedule is as follows: skippers meeting at 7:00 pm at Waikiki Yacht Club on the 1st of September, fishing Saturday and Sunday the 2nd and 3rd, awards banquet on Monday the 4th at the Hawaii Yacht Club located in the ocean heart of Waikiki.
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