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Fishing tourney offering up $3,000 in fuel

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This weekend’s Ono Only Tournament is offering up a $3,000 in free fuel for the winning angler.

The monthly tournament series is sponsored by Tropidilla Productions, HFN Hawaii Petroleum and the Fuel Dock at Honokohau Harbor.

The format is that the biggest fish of any species (bigger than 100
pounds) would win $1,000 in free fuel from the sponsors, along with the jackpot from the entry fees.

The January tournament was won by a wahine angler weighing an 886 lb. blue marlin. However, for the past two months, no one has won the fuel prize and the sponsors have carried it forward.

Entry fee for this tournament is $350 per team. Fishing is Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22.

There will be a second tournament run concurrently for Ono with an entry fee of $200, but they will be ineligible to win the fuel.

Tropidilla Productions LLC was founded in 1987 by Capt. Jody Bright in response to angling clients lack of satisfaction with the tournaments being operated in Kona, at that time.

The Big Island Marlin Tournament was the first to pay cash for marlin Tagged and Release, a practice that is now an element in 90 percent of the cash awarded in The Series.

In 2001 a sister company was born and the national TV series “Pacific Expeditions” was born. The primary purpose was to provide TV coverage of the Hawaii Marlin Tournament Series across the country.

The TV audience grew as OLN – the Outdoor Life Network — expanded distribution from 35 million TV house holds to 78 million. OLN re-branded as the powerhouse now known as VERSUS Network – a part of the NBC Sports family.

As the TV audience grew, so did the Hawaii Marlin Tournament Series, and 167 teams caught/tagged and released 182 marlin in 2011, while competing for $1,035,070 in cash and various prizes.

With the addition of the Fuel Dock Fishing Series, Tropidilla becomes the only big game tournament company in the world to operate virtually year round, giving testament to the unique fishing opportunities of Kona.

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