Jim Rizzuto has written about Hawaii fishing since 1964. In addition to “The Kona Fishing Chronicles” series, he is the author of “Modern Hawaiian Gamefishing” (The University of Hawaii Press) and the three-volume “Fishing Hawaii Style” series (published by Hawaii Fishing News). His weekly column appears in the Kona newspaper West Hawaii Today, and his monthly column in Hawaii Fishing News. Since he began writing for magazines, his articles have appeared in BlueWater (Australia), Field and Stream, Salt Water Sportsman, Sport Fishing, Marlin, Western Outdoors, Fishing World, Sport Fishing, New Zealand Fishing News, Modern Fishing (Australia) and Pescare Mare (Italy), among other journals.
Jim has been making lures and catching fish on them since the mid-1940s. His interest in Kona-style skirted big-game lures began in the early-1950s when they were still secret weapons used only in Hawaii by a few experts, and he began finding ways to make them in the early 1960s. Over the last 55 years, Jim's instructional materials and in-person lessons have taught thousands of fishermen all over the world to make their own and experience the joy of catching fish on their own creations.