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WITH a slew of fishing events happening in recent weeks, several organizers, participants and fans were given their fair share of action from the waters.
This past weekend, the Guam Marianas International Fishing Derby hosted by the Guam Fishermen's Cooperative Association kicked off its annual event. Although the derby was slated to be a two-day event, officials were forced to postpone the second day of action as Mother Nature dealt poor weather conditions for participants.
Largest fishing event
With 81 boats and more than 300 anglers on board, the event was marked as the single largest local marine community fishing event. According to event officials, a few participants from neighboring CNMI along with a contingent of anglers from around the region participated as well. Despite having to make up the second day, many participants were able to bring in their day's catches to be placed on the leader board.
Five different fish categories gave anglers many reasons to head out into the waters in hopes of reeling in the big one. With Captain Joe San Nicolas and company aboard the Lucky Lady, the team was able to reel in the biggest marlin of the day and maintained a first-place standing. San Nicolas and crew's catch weighed in an official 323 pounds.
In the Wahoo category, the team aboard the Ana Lea was able to reel in a 31-pound catch. The largest mahi-mahi caught on the day went to Captain Odinao Macaraeg and his crew aboard the Lole. A total of 19.48 pounds was good enough to give them a hold atop the category at the end of the day.
The other two categories that anglers vied for were the yellow-fin and Bonita. Maintaining first in the yellow-fin with an official weight of 14.65 was the crew aboard the Cassirinna, captained by Jesse Reyes. In the Bonita category, Captain Ben Francis and crew aboard the Blue Mosquito hooked in a catch that weighed 18.7 pounds.
An awards banquet will be held Tuesday, Aug. 28 at the Co-op starting at 6 p.m., which will end the nearly month-long schedule of the Fishing Community events.