A Wave Of Innovative Fishing Gear

Linda Dela Cruz
Wednesday - January 10, 2007
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Kevin Sakuda with his freedive float, spear gun and catch of the day
Kevin Sakuda with his freedive float,
spear gun and catch of the day

Go fish. That’s what Kevin Sakuda enjoys doing with his friends - especially freedive spear-fishing, surfing and hanging out. Little did he know that when he invented a speargun muzzle that it’d take off faster than a school of fish.

His two-year-old company, Hammerhead Muzzles, already has an international clientele- one that is eager to buy more products designed by the Punahou grad.

Sakuda’s first product, the muzzle, makes it easier and safer to spear fish. His newest product, the kapu stick, is a measurement tool that lets fishermen easily know to release the fish if it’s too small.

“I want to make sure there will be resources for many generations to come,” he says.

Another of his products is a spear gun. From his website, www.hammerheadmuzzles.com, his line of merchandise is being used in Russia, Australia, New Zealand, Dubai, Croatia, Italy, Japan and the Mainland, from Alaska to Florida.

His exposure on the TV show Hawaii Skin Divers and its web-site has been pivotal as well.

Locally, his fishing line is available at Hanapaa, Roy’s Fishing Supply, Maui Sporting Goods, Nanko’s in Kaneohe, and on the Neighbor Islands at J. Hara, S. Tokunaga Fishing Supply, Big Island Spear Gun, and Kauai Waipuli Variety.

Sakuda says he’s glad that entrepreneurs can bring new products to the market as he’s presently working on four patent applications. With residences in both California and Hawaii, this local boy also maintains a full-time job in hospital management.

The middle child of three siblings, Sakuda says he especially appreciates the help and hard work of all his family and friends.

In June, Hammerhead Muzzles sponsors a fishing tournament with the annual White Seabass Hatchery in California. Fish are raised in the hatchery, a chip is

put into them, then the fish are released into the ocean. Five to eight years later, they grow to 15 pounds. When a fish is caught, they search for the tag.

“I try to support projects like that to increase more recreational fishing,” Sakuda says.

For more information, log onto www.hammerheadmuzzles.com

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