|Story Coutesy of Maui Jim
Marlin Tournament Series
Veteran skipper Peter Hoogs went on a rampage this past tournament season., catching a total of 20 marlin in 11 fishing days. Three teams fished on the "Pamela" during the Maui Jim Series and each team placed in the money in at least one event.
Jeff Smith's 875 pound blue was the largest of any angler on "Pamela" in 2001 and it was caught during the course of catching a total of 7 marlin in the Okoe Bay Rendezvous.
Smith's 875 pounder was matched with 5 tagged and released blue marlin by his Dad, Larry. Jeff also brought an additional marlin in to tag.
The action was smoking hot just a little bit south of the beach house during Okoe, and the number of boats hooked up in close proximity that day is only occasionally rivaled on Linden Bank outside of Cairns, Australia.
|Earlier in the Series, Capt.
Hoogs and his now world famous wireman sonTeddy cleaned up big at the opposite
end of the fishery. On the "grounds" off the Kona airport during the Firecracker
Open, Mike House (of Sportfish Hawaii) and Ross Smilie shared angling duties on 6 blue
marlin tagged marlin in two days.
Jeff Smith tagged two more blues at the Skins, and Dad Larry let one blue go. At the Lahaina Jackpot, Scott Howe brought a troupe of fishermen from Majuro, Marshall Islands to fish with Hoogs. They took Fourth Place with a tagged blue, a tagged stripey and two boated blues."Pamela" anglers were Scott Howe, Ben Reimers and Bwiji Aliven.
Capt. Hoogs, Teddy Hoogs and Kerwin Matsumura led their various anglers to a total score of 6,310.5 points in the Maui Jim Series, a runaway victory as Top Boat at the end of the regular season and more than 2,239 points ahead of the nearest challenger.
MAUI JIM 2nd, IHU NUI 3rd
The cast of thousands who fished on board the "Maui Jim" boat during the course of the season also experienced great fishing. In fact, Capt. Tom Casey and Crewman Seth Kiezel led the Series in total points after participating in the Ho'olea Tournament on Oahu, one that Capt. Hoogs on "Pamela" sat out.
Tom Guthrie tagged a blue off Penguin Banks and after Oahu, "Team Maui Jim" led "Pamela" by a score of 2,971.49 to 2,750. Needless to say, statisticians of the Maui Jim Series had their hands full trying to keep up with the highest scoring season (read best fishing) in many years.
Walter Hester and Chip Bahouth tagged marlin at Okoe Bay, but the 875 pound blue by Jeff Smith on "Pamela" was the beginning of the home stretch and a pull to the tape. Both boats tangled again at Lahaina, and "Maui Jim" scored with a two tagged stripeys by TV show host Dave West, but Hoogs kept up his consistency with two boated and one tagged blue, and one tagged stripey.
Capt. McGrew Rice's "Ihu Nui" trailed "Pamela" by only a few points through the Skins Marlin Derby. Although their fishing was still good, their catching slowed. On Ihu Nui, Shigeharu Nakagawa of Japan tagged four blues in the Firecracker and Rick Rosa and Steve Stone teamed up for a tag apiece in the Skins. Charles "Okie" Helscel tagged a blue at Okoe with McGrew to add to his three tags at the BIMT to claim 5th place Series angler.
Mary Marten started off leading the Series fishing from "On Line" at the Kona Classic with a 722 pound blue and a tag. Mary held on to achieve Top Scoring Angler, even though hampered by an injury to her skipper. Bruce Cook landed a 724 blue with Capt. Mike Vidal to claim First Place in the BIMT and 2nd largest Series marlin.
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