I was having trouble finding a crew to go out with me on Saturday when at the last minute I got a call from an unknown friend of a friend saying he was in the Pearl Harbor tournament out of Waianae and he was short on crew himself after an unexpected cancelation. I immediately volunteered for the opportunity to fish in my first tournament and meet some new fishing buddies. Met at the harbor at about 3:30 and by the time we got through the paperwork and through the launch line it was about 5 a.m. by the time we got on the water. After a short debate we all decided to head north of kaena point to see what was happening up Haleiwa side. We ran the Thousand fathom past II to J buoy where we finally found some bird action. Unfortunately we found a bunch of aggressive boats that kept cutting us off whenever we made a pass at the buoy too. After an hour it was clear the boats were just pulling up smaller 5-10lb tuna anways, and since it was a biggest fish takes all no-bait tournament we didn't want to waste time jigging for anything smaller so we decided to try our luck in closer along the shelf. We ran the 500 back toward Kaena and just past Haleiwa around noon our port long rigger slams down and line starts peeling. We cleared lines and since the one guy was seasick as sin, I jumped on the reel while the captain took the wheel and we went to work. 35 minutes later the captain leadered and I sunk the gaff into this beautiful Ahi. He followed up and gaffed from the other side, and then heave, hoe, in the boat she goes. What a beautiful feeling to get that first Ahi of the year and get this monkey off my back and some poke in the boat! We headed toward home as the wind started howling. We made it around the point and picked up a decent Ono around 2:00 coming off the ledge. We fished without any more luck after that until the lines in call came at 3:00. The fish weighed in just shy of 137 which was just enough to take 6th place in the contest with the third biggest ahi for the day. (1st place was a 197lb Blue Marlin, biggest Ahi was 188lbs) All in all it seemed like a pretty good day for everyone. No real Gorillas coming in but not many white washes either with a lot of 100ish pound Ahi being weighed. Hopefully it's a good sign that things are picking up out west for the year! We'll have to see next week if I can keep this streak going. Until next time tight lines out there guys!