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100-plus Weight Angler Location Date
Ulua 122 lbs 8 oz John Jerry Balucan South Point, Hawaii 02/16/2021

At first light, we caught a few akule to use for bait and immediately sent a live one out. Then we sat around all morning and waited. Finally, at around 10:30 a.m., I heard a short, loud run of the ratchet. Not really knowing what was going on, I scanned the water to see where the floater was. I was interrupted by another run, so I hurried to my pole and took a couple of fast cranks on the handle. The reel just took off! The fish and I waged a back-and-forth battle for about 14 minutes. It finally broke the surface, and we were able to see that it was a big ulua (122 lbs, 8 oz). I slowly maneuvered it to the cliff where we were able to gaff it just before the hook popped out. We definitely got lucky this time! 



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