40 to take part in Spearfishing Tournament

Posted on May 14 2009

Forty of the region’s top fishermen will take part in tomorrow’s 3rd Annual Spearfishing Tournament organized by the Marianas Apnea Spearfishing Club.

MASC president Morito Asai aside from defending weight division winners Scott Russell and Pete Houk also in the mix are veteran spearfisherman Felix Sasomoto and his brother Greg and Guam’s Myles Driscoll and Mike Genereux and brothers James and Ken Borja.

Asai said he is expecting an exciting spearfishing tournament this Saturday with the 20 pairs duking it out for the top prize.

He said categories to be contested are biggest fish (first prize only) and total weight, which includes individual (first to third) and team (first to 10th places). To minimize the time for weigh-ins, Asai said there would be no fish category this year and MASC will only accept a catch that is at least 11 lbs.

The 3rd Annual Spearfishing Tournament starts at 6am and last until 4pm with no limitation on the area of coverage. The spearfishing area includes Tinian or Goat Island, except sanctuary and dive spots, and the Banzai Cliff area.

Asai reminded participants that the tournament’s entry fee per person is $50.

For more information about the 3rd Annual Spearfishing Tournament, contact Asai at dive@aquasmith.com.

Last year, Genereux and the tandem of Russell and Houk topped the individual and team categories respectively of the 2nd Annual Spearfishing Tournament.

Genereux earned the top spearfishermen award after catching 47.4 lbs. of fish, followed by Jess Hapdei (47 lbs.), and Russell (45.22 lbs.).

Russell and Houk, meanwhile, dominated the team competition after hauling 72.92 lbs. of fish back to shore. Genereux and Driscoll came in a far second (62.7 lbs). while Borja brothers finished third (45.22 lbs.)

In other prizes, Brian Fitzgerald won the parrotfish category (4.66 lbs), Mike Lizama the trivally (4.66 lbs.), Cliff Sabo the rudderfish (3.14 lbs.), Felix Sasamoto the black snapper (1.5 lbs.), Anthony Roberts the sweetlips (4.44 lbs.), Nick Gross the unicorn fish (5.14 lbs.), Dan Repeki the grouper (2.64 lbs.), Frank Pangelinan the emperor (3.26 lbs.), and Roberts again in the goatfish category (1.08 lbs.).

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