HIBT Day 4: Team Likeke Club holds on to slim lead

Claire Duke, angler with Gold Coast Game Fish Club, boated the largest ahi (yellowfin tuna) of the week so far, tipping the scales at an impressive 191 pounds. (Photo courtesy of HIBT)

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The world’s most competitive anglers gathered in Kona for Day Four of the 56th Annual Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament and succeeded in tagging and releasing another 16 Pacific blue marlin and one spearfish.

Claire Duke, Gold Coast Game Fish Club angler, fishing aboard Vixen, caught and boated the largest ahi (yellowfin tuna) of the week so far, tipping the scales at an impressive 191 pounds.

With one more day of tournament fishing remaining, all but one of 31 teams have posted points on the scoreboard.

Team Likeke Club, on a bucket list quest, held their 207 point lead over Australia’s Sunshine Coast Game Fishing Club.

“The fish have been hungry all week and who knows what tomorrow will bring? The teams are very aware of how close the standings are and what it will take to win the tournament,” HIBT founder Peter Fithian said. “HIBT anglers and the highly skilled captains of Kona’s fishing fleet will tackle tomorrow’s final day of fishing with everything they’ve got.”

HIBT fishing wraps at 4:30 p.m. Friday.

2015 HIBT Day Four Results

LEADERBOARD

Team Likeke Club 2,195

Sunshine Coast Game Fishing Club 1,988

New Britain Game Fishing Club 1,700

Kona Game Fishing Club – Kusatsu 1,614

Nanhai Lang Tao Club 1,600

TOP BOATS

Hooked Up 1,658

Illusions 1,645

Northern Lights II 1,600

Ihu Nui 1,564

Kona Blue 1,550

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