The Saipan Fishermen's Association will hold the 9th Annual Budweiser Mahi Fishing Derby on March 16 from Smiling Cove Marina. The derby will start promptly at 6am and will conclude at 5pm the same day.
Organizers expect between 30 to 40 boats and over 100 anglers this year. First to fifth place winners will be awarded. The registration fee is $100 for one captain and three crewmen, with $25 assessed for each additional angler. Pre-registration is set for March 15 from 4:30pm to 6:30pm at the Smiling Cove Marina weighing station. Derby officials from the SFA will briefly explain the rules and regulations of the competition.
Spectators are invited to see the day's catch as fishermen begin returning to Smiling Cove
Marina at approximately 4pm on March 16. Event organizers are reminding participants that no catch will be weighed in and entered after the 5pm deadline. The awards party will immediately take place after the derby at Smiling Cove Marina starting at 6pm.
Interested applicants may pick up registration forms, rules and regulations, and schedule of events at the Marianas Visitors Authority office or download via the MVA Calendar of Events under the event date at www.mymarianas.com.
For more information about the derby, contact Ed Diaz at MVA at 664-3200/01 or via e-mail at email@example.com. (MVA)