56th HIBT 2015 Awards List

Awards from the 56th Hawaiian International Billfish tournament

Governor’s Trophy

Team with the top points for the tournament

First place: Team Likeke, USA; Captain Rich Wilson; Angler Tony Crabb; 2,295.9 points

Second place: Sunshine Coast Game Fishing Club, Australia; Captain Brent Higgins; Anglers Barry Higgins, Peter Bain; 2,288.5 points

Third place: Kona Game fishing Club – Team Kusatsu, Japan; Captain Teruo Koshikawa; Anglers Hideyo Hoshino, Makoto Yaegashi; 2,214.3 points

Porter Dickenson Award

Angler boating the heaviest qualifying billfish on 50 pound test line. This trophy honors an HIBT founder.

Angler: Makoto Yaegashi (573.4 pounds)

Team: Kona Game Fishing Club – Team Kusatsu, Japan

Edward D. Sultan Award

Angler boating the heaviest qualifying billfish on 80-pound test line. This trophy honors an HIBT founder.

Angler: Darryl Bradly (408.2 pounds)

Team: Ahipara Game Fishing Club, New Zealand

Duke Kahanamoku Memorial Award

Angler boating the heaviest qualifying billfish. This trophy honors a Hawaii famed sportsman who participated in this tournament for many years.

Angler: Makoto Yaegashi (573.4 pounds)

Team: Kona Game Fishing Club – Team Kusatsu, Japan

Richard Boone Award

Top scoring boat based on a rating and ranking formula given by his teams on each of the five days of fishing

First Place: Foxy Lady; Captain Boyd DeCoito; Crew Kama DeSilva, Mark Schubert

Second place: Kona Blue; Captain David Crawford; Crew Mike Dakil

Third place: Northern Lights II; Captain Kevin Nakamaru, Crew Kyle Vanatta, Dana Boardman

Henry Chee Memorial Award

Captain and crew member of the charter boat upon which anglers have scored the highest number of billfish points. This trophy honors Kona’s world-renowned pioneer charter captains.

First place: Illusions, Captain Tim Hicks; Crew Steven Kilkenny, Jordan Kilkenny; 2,445.3 points

Second place: Northern Lights II; Captain Kevin Nakamaru; Crew Kyle Vanatta, Dana Boardman; 2,000 points

Third place: Ihu Nui; Captain McGrew Rice; Crew Carlton Arai, Jennifer Rice; 1764.3 points

Hawaii County Mayor’s Trophy

Team that traveled the farthest

Team: South Africa Protea Team

Captain: Philip Marx

Anglers: Casper Walker, Michel de Kock, Lizette Walker

PORF – Barry Bovee Tag & Release Award

First team to achieve the highest tag and release points

Team: Mermaid Anglers Club – Team Kalaoa, Japan

Captain: Sachiko Saegusa (2100 points)

Anglers: Kohichiro Saegusa, Shuji Koizumi

C.M. Cooke II Award

Team scoring the highest number of tuna points. This trophy honors an HIBT founder.

Team: Gold Coast Game Fishing Club, Australia (254.6 points)

Captain: Darryl Malaquin

Anglers: Ashleigh Haigh, Claire Duke, Glen Whitehead, John Hallam

Jim Harvey Memorial

Anglers boating the heaviest qualifying tuna. This trophy honors the eminent early day sportsman from Hawaii who for 25 years held the All-Tackle record for tuna

Angler: Claire Duke (191 pounds)

Team: Gold Coast Game Fishing Club, Australia

Desmond Stanley Award

Kane (male) angler not on a team placing first, second or third, scoring the highest number of billfish points. This trophy honors an HIBT founder.

Angler: Keiji Matsuba (1,029 points)

Team: Kona Game Fishing Club – Team Osaka, Japan

Dudley C. Lewis Award

Wahine (female) angler not on a team placing first, second or third, scoring the highest number of billfish points. This trophy honors an HIBT founder.

Angler: Cherekee Hill (400 points)

Team: Game Fishing Club of South Australia – Team Matai

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