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100-plus Weight Angler Location Date
Ulua 104 lbs Camden Arrand Kau, Hawaii 04/09/2021

I remember talking a few months back with a friend about whether Id release or keep a potential 100+ ulua if I ever got the chance to land one plugging. We both came to the conclusion that it would be a lot more epic to see a beast like that swim off, than be killed for the trophy. A recent Friday evening, when I was fishing solo, about 15 minutes after the sun had set, I hooked into something big on the topwater popper. After fighting it for five minutes, I knew it was over 80 lbs. I battled it for about 20 minutes, gaining foot by foot, hundreds of feet of line, and getting stuck on reef and thinking it would cut me off at any moment. I finally got the fish within sight, but it was so dark by then I could barely tell what was going on and I ended up slipping and falling into the water with my hat and GoPro sinking. I grabbed the GoPro and then free-spooled the fish as I scrambled back onto the rock ledge. After I finally got the fish right next to me in the water, I knew I had a potential 100+. As I struggled trying to get it out of the water, it kept sliding back off the ledge with every wave, but finally I got it up, got my headlamp on and measured. It was 53 inches. I remember talking a few months back with a friend about whether Id release or keep a potential 100+ ulua if I ever got the chance to land one plugging. We both came to the conclusion that it would be a lot more epic to see a beast like that swim off, than be killed for the trophy. A recent Friday evening, when I was fishing solo, about 15 minutes after the sun had set, I hooked into something big on the topwater popper. After fighting it for five minutes, I knew it was over 80 lbs. I battled it for about 20 minutes, gaining foot by foot, hundreds of feet of line, and getting stuck on reef and thinking it would cut me off at any moment. I finally got the fish within sight, but it was so dark by then I could barely tell what was going on and I ended up slipping and falling into the water with my hat and GoPro sinking. I grabbed the GoPro and then free-spooled the fish as I scrambled back onto the rock ledge. After I finally got the fish right next to me in the water, I knew I had a potential 100+. As I struggled trying to get it out of the water, it kept sliding back off the ledge with every wave, but finally I got it up, got my headlamp on and measured. It was 53 inches. Knowing I had gotten proof of the fish size, I tried sliding it back into the water. But I lost control of it and the fish ended up slamming hard into a rock on its way down. Back in the water it was floating and just barely kicking its tail. I knew it wasnt going to make it, so I foul hooked it and barely had enough strength to drag it up again. Its the first white ulua Ive ever kept/killed and probably the last! Big mahalo to my friend Daniel for hiking it half a mile back to the camp with me, at 2 a.m. through the aa lava fields. I was pretty humbled and tripping on the whole thing, but stoked that in the end, if Im gonna keep a big ulua, it might as well be my hundred plus! Thank you God for keeping me safe and giving me the chance to hook a once in a lifetime fish. Mahalos!!



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