Changes Galore for 12th Annual Hoolea Jackpot Fishing Tourney

Water Ways
Honolulu Star Bulletin (8/29/98)
By Ray Pendleton

If you are one of the many anglers on O`ahu who has received an entry form by mail, then you already know there are a whole lot of changes in this year's 12th annual Hoolea Jackpot.

But, in case you aren't, let me be the first to pass along the details.

Organized by the Hawaii and Waikiki yacht clubs - and with sponsorship from Sea-Land Service, Amstel Light beer and Monkey Biz Charters - this year's Hoolea Jackpot is practically a brand new tournament.

First, it is being held at a new time of year. In the past it was one of the first fishing tournaments of the season, but this year, in hopes of finding more and bigger fish, the Hoolea will be held over Labor Day weekend, September 5 and 6.

Second, the tournament will have fewer and less restrictive rules. For instance, accidental mutilation of fish - prop cuts or shark bites - will not cause disqualification, and there will be no restrictions on line used.

A third change for the Hoolea will be the increase in the number of boats allowed to enter. This year the cap is set at 75 - up from 50 - which means if that number is met, with $500 per team, the jackpot's total purse will be a whopping $37,500, and $15,000 goes to first place.

"Giving all of the entry money back to the anglers in prizes is one thing that hasn't changed in the Hoolea," said tournament chairman Capt. Dudley Worthy. "And, of course, it would be impossible to do without the generosity of our sponsors."

For more information on the Hoolea Jackpot, or for an entry form, call 944-9666 or 949-4622.

Whether fishing, sailing, racing, or cruising, boating in Hawai`i can be one of life's greatest pleasures, but without the proper knowledge and skills, it can turn deadly.

In an effort to educate new or rusty boat operators on the art of safe boating, two volunteer organizations have announced up-coming courses that are free and open to the public. And, they both have the additional benefit of potentially lowering boat insurance rates.

The Honolulu chapter of the U.S. Power Squadron will be starting its six week safe boating course at the Waikiki Yacht Club on Tuesday, September 15, at 7 p.m.

This once-a-week class will cover all of the boating basics: terminology, sail and power boat handling, navigation, reading a compass, radiotelephone use, marine weather and charts, marine emergency procedures, basic knot tying and state and federal laws and regulations.

Enrollment is limited to 20 persons. Those interested should call William McGarry at 422-1963 as soon as possible.

On the windward side, the Kaneohe Flotilla of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will begin its seven-week, twice-per-week, Boating Skills, Seamanship, and Personal Watercraft Course on Tuesday, September 22, at Kalahaeo High School in Kailua.

The classes are scheduled from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and will cover essentially the same material as the Power Squadron's, with an additional section on jet ski operations.

Class size can be up to 50, but you should still call 247-3793 soon to register or for more information.

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