The Kona sportfishing tournament scene is world-renowned and for good reason – our special fishery.  We have good numbers of small blue marlin and the occasional ones up to unlimited size, combined with the growing amounts of prize money up for grabs makes for very exciting fishing!  Tournament charter opportunities fill up very quickly as they are in high demand, contact us ASAP if you’re interested.

Tournaments

Jody Bright’s Hawaii Marlin Tournament Series consists of eight tournaments between March and September, with the majority of them in June and July. We also fish the Blue Marlin World Cup which runs concurrently with the Kona Cup (a locally run Kona sportfishing tournament, with the same format as World Cup). There’s also a few other stand-alone tournaments like the Rock & Reel, Marlin Magic Lure Tournament and the ladies-only Wahine Tournament which are all great events. Most of our tournaments are structured around rewarding big fish or “qualifiers” (marlin over 400lb) and/or Tag and Release.

Tournament fishing isn’t for everyone. It’s a serious investment to go across the board in these tournaments. Some would argue that the extra pressure it adds, takes the fun out of their fishing. For others with that little gambling streak, it brings a whole lot more fun and excitement to the fishing. The TANTRUM Sportfishing captain and crew love the opportunity to compete against the biggest names in our industry.

Omni Sonar

TANTRUM utilizes Furuno Omni Sonar which is imperative to compete against some of the best fishing boats in the world.  We have the boat and the team to compete at the very highest level and love to team up with avid anglers. Our team has hundreds of thousands of dollars in tournament earnings under their belt during their careers. Please contact us to discuss the finer details of our tournament structure and let’s make it happen!

TOURNAMENT DATES – 2024

HOST: HAWAII MARLIN TOURNAMENT SERIES

LAZY MARLIN HUNT

DATES: APRIL 5th, 6th, & 7th 2024
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HOST: HAWAII BIG GAME FISHING CLUB

ROCK ‘N’ REEL HAWAIIAN OPEN

Dates: June 8th & 9th 2024
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HOST: HAWAII MARLIN TOURNAMENT SERIES

KONA KICK OFF

DATES: JUNE 29th & 30th 2024
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HOST: HAWAII BIG GAME FISHING CLUB

MARLIN MAGIC LURE TOURNAMENT

DATES: July 1st & 2nd 2024 
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HOST: HAWAII MARLIN TOURNAMENT SERIES

FIRECRACKER OPEN

DATES: JULY 4th & 5th 2024 
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HOST: ROBERT “FLY” NAVARRO

BLUE MARLIN WORLD CUP

DATES: JULY 4th 2024
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NOTE: RUNS CONCURRENTLY WITH KONA FIRECRACKER OPEN TOURNAMENT

HOST: HAWAII MARLIN TOURNAMENT SERIES

THE KONA THROW DOWN

DATES: JULY 7th, 8th & 9th 2024
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HOST: HAWAII MARLIN TOURNAMENT SERIES

SKINS MARLIN DERBY

DATES: JULY 11th, 12th, & 13th 2024
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HOST: HAWAII MARLIN TOURNAMENT SERIES

THE LURE MAKERS CHALLENGE

DATES: JULY 19th, 20th, & 21st 2024
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HOST: HAWAII MARLIN TOURNAMENT SERIES

BIG ISLAND MARLIN TOURNAMENT

DATES: AUGUST 9, 10 & 11th 2024
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HOST: HAWAII MARLIN TOURNAMENT SERIES

IT’S A WRAP TOURNAMENT

DATES: SEPTEMBER 6, 7 & 8th 2024
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