The Crew: Chris Hall
Chris, one of the crew on Magic, began his sport fishing career on the 38' Bertram charterboat fishing out of Kewalo Basin in Honolulu, Hawaii. His first trip on a charter boat was at the age of 8. His exposure at an early age to deep sea fishing chasing after blue marlin, striped marlin, yellowfin tuna (Ahi), dolphin (Mahi-mahi), wahoo (Ono), and skipjack tuna (aku), set the stage for a lifetime of fishing for a living.
Knowing that this was his chosen career, Chris set out to get his U.S. Coast Guard certified 100 ton Masters license which is not an easy task. After gaining his license in 2000 Chris began running a few of the charterboats out of the same harbor as Magic, and still works as a captain part time on one of those boats when Eric (the other crew on Magic) is working. You can tell where his interests lie due to the fact that he fishes on Magic and has a Captains license.
After proving himself as a competent fisherman and a solid person to have on a boat, Captain Russell asked Chris if he would like to work as crew on Magic. Not wanting to miss an opportunity to fish with and learn from Captain Russell, Chris accepted the job and hit the ground running.
His largest fish so far is a 768lb blue marlin caught with Captain Russell on October 22, 2004, and another 735lb blue marlin caught on July 20, 2004 again with Captain Russell. Some of his outstanding days include a pair of blue marlin weighing 538lbs and 425lbs in the same day, followed by 4 blue marlin that weighed between 180-287lbs the next day in March 2004. He has had multiple days with 20 Mahi-mahi in the boat. A 600lb blue marlin was also brought in with Chris as crew in 2004, and another weighing 502lbs in February 2004.
A very humble guy, Chris is a very competent crew. Many boat owners would gladly have Chris run their boats because he takes his job seriously. This means taking care of the customers, the boat, and producing as much fish as possible to ensure a good trip is had by all that board Magic to chase their dream of catching a trophy.