I left the harbor at 6:00 am on a solo run, turned right to troll along the 50 up to Makua, then did a 180 back toward Maili. As I passed Black Rock, I noticed a bunch of guys waving me down from their stranded boat. Ended up towing them back to port -- just a short 2 1/2 mile run. Back out at 8:00 am, motored to the 1000, then turned left. It was pretty dead out there, so I headed straight out to the 1500 hump outside Nanakuli where it was still dead. Turned right again and ran over the Maili pinnacle. Nada, but I did see two boats in the distance that appeared to be going in circles, so I headed over there. It was a nice pile of aku. The three of us stayed with it for a half hour or so, but they weren't interested in our lures. So, I made my run through what I call "marlin alley", a straight bee line from the pinnacle to R-buoy. Once there, I got my first (and only) bite of the day. It hit the short corner running the Archer Ruckus Raiser and immediately peeled 300 yards. A few more short runs and the battle was on. It was like a circus, heh, running from the rod to the helm and back to the rod at least fifty times near the end of the two hour fight. I finally got it to the side of the boat and made a tight left turn as I leadered it, then hit it in the head with a .44 Magnum bang stick. Finally, something big to gaff.......it's been a while. Thanks to the guys at the dock for lending a helping hand. It took three people to huli the fish over the gunwale. Also thanks to William Aila for letting me crash today's tournament weigh in. The fish dialed in at 378 lbs.