The Saipan Fishermen’s Association will finally push through with its 18th Annual Mahi-Mahi Fishing Derby this coming Saturday after postponing it last month due to inclement weather.
SFA president Tony Scragg said the start of registration is tomorrow, May 13, from 4pm to 6pm at the Smiling Cove Marina.
The actual competition will be on Saturday, May 14, from 6am to 5pm in the waters around the Northern Marianas.
Scragg hopes the recent rise in fuel prices won’t affect their expected turnout for the 18th Annual Mahi-Mahi Fishing Derby.
“We’re expecting 40 boats…I hope [the increase in fuel prices] won’t have too much of an effect,” he said.
The 18th Annual Mahi-Mahi Fishing Derby’s prizes include $2,000 cash for first place, $1,500 for second place, $1,000 for third place, and consolation prizes for fourth and fifth places. The registration fee is $100 per boat, including one captain and one angler, and $25 for each additional angler.
Last year, captain Alvin Iglecias and his crew of five aboard the boat Trophy won the 17th Annual Mahi-Mahi Fishing Derby after reeling in an 18.9-lb mahi. Iglecias’ team included Ivan Ilmov, Keith Torres, Brandon Echalico, John Jimeno, and Phil Babauta
CAT-SIKA of captain Jesse Sablan landed an 18.2-lb mahi to win second place, while rounding out the Top 3 was Kingfisher 2 of captain Jun Azarcon with their 17.9-lb catch. The 18th Annual Mahi-Mahi Fishing Derby’s main sponsor is Budweiser.