Cassidy-Fanui's Mike Cassidy and Ray Flores, of Guam, along with their captain Mark Artero were declared the overall winners for the second consecutive year in this past Saturday's 6th Annual Marianas Apnea Spearfishing Club Tournament held at Smiling Cove Marina.
Meanwhile, The Thingz's San Roque duo of Ton Robert and Dave Camacho Jr., under captain Tony Scragg of Amazing Grace, dominated the Biggest Catch category.
Cassidy-Fanui bested 10 other competitors with a fruitful yield of 82.16 lbs and also claimed both runner-up and third place honors in the Biggest Catch category with their 8.54-lb and 6.20-lb single-weight entrants.
They received a pair of wooden latte stone trophies, $300 cash, a pair of waterproof cell phones compliments of IT&E and Docomo Pacific along with a $20 Shell fuel card for topping the field in addition to their Biggest Catch spoils, which included a pair of Beuchat Marlin spearguns, an Aeropec rash guard, and another fuel card.
As for The Thingz, they dominated the Biggest Catch field with a 35.56-lb Napoleon Wrasse, which undoubtedly stole the show at the event booth.
The local group also brought in an additional combined weight of 53.10 lbs that earned them third place overall.
The Thingz' Robert was credited with the catch officially and was presented with a hand-carved wooden fish trophy, an Omer Caymar speargun and a set of Cressi long fins. The group then shared third place combined weight prize package of $150 cash, a fuel card, and a lunch buffet for two at Fiesta Resort & Spa.
Meanwhile, Tinian's Joseph Cepeda and Luis Camacho, of the SS1, squeezed into second place with a combined weight of 56.04 lbs and received $200 cash, a Fishing Tackle gift certificate, a pair of Omer masks, snorkel sets, and a $20 fuel card.
They also ended up fourth place in the single-weight race with a 5.58-lb keeper, good for a Fanui gift certificate and an Omer shirt.
In addition, Luka & Ben's Derek San Nicolas and Frank Villagomez, representing Pagan, finished fourth overall with a combined weight of 52.88 lbs and received $50, a $20 Shell card, a pair of Omer shirts, and a Managaha gift bag. Bantalon Boyz's Mori Asai and Greg Sasamoto, captained by Rep. Ray Yumul (Ind-Saipan), rounded out the fifth spot with a combined weight of 50.16 lbs and won a $40 worth of Shell fuel and an IT&E grab bag.
In other results, Salty Boyz's Dave Lizama and Robert Norita, under captain Dave Pangelinan, settled for a pair of sixth place showings with a combined weight of 36.50 lbs and a 3.4-lb single weight entrant; Brown's Felix Sasamoto and Tony Tenorio came in seventh overall (27.16-lbs) and fifth in the Biggest Catch category (5.46-lbs); Luke & Ben's Villagomez entered as a solo act and finished eighth overall (10.34 lbs); Backside's Manny Torres and Jimber Marcelo finished ninth (3.62-lbs); Yamacho's Jun Yamagishi and Norman Camacho came in tenth (3.40-lbs); and Tinian's SS2 duo of Joe Mendiola and Evander Barcinas played the caboose in 11th (2.84 lbs).
The Top 6 Biggest Catch entrants received prizes, while the sixth through 11th combined weight finishers were presented with IT&E gift packs.
After the awards were handed out organizers closed the event by expressing their gratitude all of the participants from Guam, Tinian, and Guam and to Marpac, Shell Marianas, The Saipan Fishermen's Association and club president Gene Weaver, Joey and April Sablan of Marianas Island Style, IT&E, Aquasmith, Ray Flores and Fa'Nu'i Guam, Fishing Tackle, Micronesian Environmental Services and John Gourley, Rep. Ray Yumul, Richard Seman, Ray Roberto, and Mike Tenorio, the Department of Fish & Wildlife's Data & Fisheries section, the Department of Public Safety's Division of Boating Safety, Emergency Management Office, the Smiling Cove Marina staff, American Memorial Park, Rep. Ray Tebuteb, Jack Ogumoro, Necy and Tomoko Yamagishi, KKMP Radio station, Fiesta Resort & Spa and the Marianas Visitors Authority for sponsoring the event.