2000 Keiki Fishing Tournament Report
|Loads of young anglers attacked the waters outside Waikiki on Sunday the 16th of January, welcoming in the new year with a bunch of fish, food and fun. Every year for the past twenty or so, the Hawaii and Waikiki Yacht Clubs open their doors and welcome every single youngster under the age of 17 who likes to have fun into the club. At no charge, they are placed onto a volunteer skippers boat, taken out to the reef areas just outside the harbor for a few hours, and when they return they are greeted with a warm weigh-in team who records the length and weight of every fish.|
open up the new century, a total of 109 kids entered the 2000 tournament, and 148 fish
were caught. After the fish were recorded, a
speedy team on the computer sorts and processes the data, and categories from heaviest to
smallest to longest to most caught are tallied. And
the entertainment for the kids doesnt stop there.
While the all-volunteer crew does their job with the weigh-ins and cleans up
the Hawaii Yacht Club, the exuberant anglers are shuttled by boat to the Waikiki Yacht
Club where they are greeted by another team of friendly volunteers that feed them with all
kinds of goodies like hamburgers, hot dogs and ice cream.
Trading stories the whole time about the fish they caught, the boats they were on, and the neato turtles and dolphins that came by while they were fishing, the anglers further showed their love for the water by swimming and playing water games in the WYC pool. Meanwhile, Rocky Dunmire, one of Hawaiis top DJs kept them further entertained with fascinating trivia about Star Trek, Dr. Spock, and past presidents known for eating the most ice cream.
In order to make this wonderful annual event a success and keep it so the kids can play for free, it takes a huge cooperative effort requiring the assistance of some fifty volunteers from both yacht clubs, twenty to thirty boats whose skippers participate for free, and tremendous help from a group of super sponsors (including a substantial cash donation from Hilo Hattie). Its a joy to be a part of each year, but the joy truly is in watching the kids have fun.
Like every other year, there was no complaining on the dock, and nobody was left out of the prize parade. As always, there were prizes for the biggest fish, smallest fish, most fish, most total poundage, and a whole bunch of other categories. Even the youngest angler of the event, Jake House (yes, my son), a mere 23 months old, participated, caught a fish, and won a special bamboo fishing rod for it.
it was a little windy out, the boats didnt leave the dock until about 8:30 am. But because the winds were from the North,
the lee side of the island had fairly calm seas, making for a very enjoyable time for
everyone. A pod of spinner dolphins came
right through the fleet at about 10:00 to provide many of the anglers with a great aerial
show, contributing to the endless screams of delight.
Stop fishing was called at 11:00, and within an hour, almost 150 fish were
measured, weighed and recorded, and about 90% of them were released unharmed. Those that didnt survive were given away to
anyone who wanted to have some fresh fish for dinner.
The kids loved it. They knew these fish were caught for prizes,
enjoyment, and some dinner, and they gathered around the docks to anxiously watch as more
volunteers let the fish swim away. Once
again, the whole experience of watching released fish swim and preserving those that
didnt had a positive impact on the kids as they were taught some valuable lessons
about respect and not wasting precious resources.
|And the winners are:
Trophy and Prize Winners:
|Special Prize Winners:
Notable Mentions also Winning Prizes for Heaviest Fish:
Notable Mentions also Winning Prizes for Most Fish:
the tournament sponsors
(in alphabetical order):
the all the skippers
(in alphabetical order):
AJ Beaver Ty Pryne
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