2021 WAHOO FISHING DERBY
The six-man crew of Lucky Harvest made use of their luck and skill in last Saturday’s 2nd Annual Wahoo in the Marianas student-led fishing tournament, held by the non-profit Tasi to Table’ Youth Fishing Club with support from the Saipan Fishermen’s Association.
Lucky Harvest snagged a 36.1-lb wahoo, winning the grand prize of $2,000 during the awarding ceremony which took place later that day at the Smiling Cove Marina of the American Memorial Park. Lucky Harvest captain Cecilio Raikuilipiy and his crew members shared their excitement for winning and happiness for having the opportunity to encourage the youth of today as future fishermen.
Coming in at second place was the crew of Borrow Fan, who brought in a 33.7-lb wahoo earning them the $1,500 prize. Third place and $1,000 prize went to the fishermen aboard Sesa which reeled in a 32.6-lb wahoo. And in fourth, earning the $500 prize was the J&MJ crew who managed to bring in a 27.7-lb wahoo.
A total of 51 boats set off that early Saturday morning.
Organized by committee co-chair Dahn Miguel Robles and Blake Mister, the 2nd Annual Wahoo in the Marianas tournament started at 6am at the Smiling Cove Marina of the American Memorial Park.
The main sponsors of the fishing tournament were IT&E and Mobil Oil Marianas. This is their second time sponsoring this event.
TTT president Gene Weaver told Saipan Tribune that this year, both registration and the tournament went much smoother thanks to a lot of returning students who were familiar with everything.
“I strongly encourage parents in the community to become more involved in your children and get them to join any of the activities available out there such as ours,” said Weaver.
Tasi to Table Youth Fishing Club is an SFA youth program that teaches the islands’ youth the art of deep-drop fishing for sustenance living as well as responsible fishing.