Students gear up for new fishing tournament

Posted on May 06 2021

The time of the annual Shoreline Casting Tournament has come and gone, postponed by the most recent flare-up of COVID-19 here on Saipan, but the Tasi to Table fishing club won’t stop casting around for a good event.

Instead of the regular shoreline competition, typically open to adult and youth competitors, the Tasi to Table fishing club will be putting on a Shallow Bottom Youth Tournament for its junior members.

This Saturday, May 8, a total of 22 of TTT’s youth members, from all four of Saipan’s public high schools, will gather early in the morning at Smiling Cove Marina.

The tournament begins at 6an, when they launch from the transient dock, ready to spend the day fighting the sea, and hopefully bringing home some delicious trophies of their victory. The tournament will conclude by noon, when the Tasi to Table fishing club will return to shore. The day’s catch will be weighed, and awards handed out to the most successful of the young fishers.

Wayne Pangelinan, TTT vice president and organizer for the event, can hardly wait. “There’s a 48-footer that’s going to be taking the kids out, they’re all going to compete on that boat,” he told me. “It’ll be perfect. You’ll get some first-hand experience—and hopefully some fish as well!”

Pangelinan will be following in a service vessel—safety first, after all!—while club advisors from the high-schools will manage the event on-site.

This year’s Shallow Bottom Tournament is sponsored by Fishing Tackle and Sporting Goods, and the Marianas Visitors Authority.

Cody Race
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