||Ka Lae, Hawaii
I sent a bait out on my flagline at around 10 p.m. and fell asleep as I waited for the sound. At about 5:30 in the morning, my friend heard a ratchet go off so he woke me up.
I fought the fish, thinking it was just another ulua on the line. When I brought it up the cliff, we realized it was a bigeye trevally. I took it to the tent, weighed it on our scale (19.1 lbs), took photos and gave the fish to my friend because he wanted it.
After we posted the catch, we got a few messages and comments from people saying the fish had topped the state record. Not believing what we were told, we had to check for ourselves. Sure enough, it was true.
My friend already had the fish in his cooler and was headed back to Hilo. We let him know about the record, and he stopped by J. Hara Store to get the bigeye officially weighed at 19.2 lbs.