Team Likeke Wins HIBT

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Kona, HI – (HIBT) Team Likeke Club hit the leaderboard in second place on Day Two, grabbed the top spot on Day Three and didn’t let go. “Tears were streaming down my face as we pulled into Kailua Pier today,” said Rich Wilson, this year’s HIBT champion. “I was the youngest HIBT angler back in the ‘60s. We moved away, but I never lost my passion for HIBT fishing. Hawaiian fishermen have the deepest passion for fishing.”Wilson continued, “I was told I wouldn’t make another Christmas and I knew I had to come back. And we did and gave her one last hurrah!”

Australia’s Sunshine Coast Game Fishing Club took second place followed by Japan’s Kona Game Fishing Club – Kusatsu. Illusions, captained by Tim Hicks with crew members Chris Kam and Jordan Kilkenny, was the top boat scoring the highest number of points over the five days of tournament fishing.

“This was a memorable year at the 56th Annual Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament,” said HIBT Founder Peter Fithian. “All 31 teams and every charter boat in the fleet put points on the board. I’d say that is pretty close to perfect.”

2015 HIBT Final Leaderboard
Team Likeke Club – 2296
Sunshine Coast Game Fish Club – 2289
Kona Game Fishing Club Kusatsu – 2114
Mermaids Anglers Club Team Kalaoa – 2100
Nanhai Lang Tao Club – 1700
New Britain Game Fishing Club – 1700
2015 HIBT Boat Final Leaderboard
Illusions – 2445
Northern Lights II – 2000
Ihu Nui – 1764
Hooked Up – 1658
Kona Blue – 1550
Topshape – 1450
About Hook

Hook Harmeling is the Co-Founder of Billfishreport.com and Granderwatch.com, the only daily international fishing report on all billfish species. Hook travels the world in search of the best fishing areas and is recognized as a billfish expert. Follow him on Facebook under "Marlin Billfish", Twitter @billfishreport or email hook@billfishreport.com

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