The opportunities for sport fishing in The Marianas continue to grow with the staging of the 2018 Tinian Cliff Fishing Derby from Oct. 19-21.
The derby comes on the heals of the Marianas Fishing & Seafood Festival in June, the Saipan International Fishing Tournament, and Tinian Youth International Fishing Tournament in July, and Rota Cliff Fishing Derby in August. All are co-sponsored by the Marianas Visitors Authority as an opportunity to attract more fishermen to the islands. The MVA is taking the lead in reviving the October derby on Tinian.
“The Tinian Cliff Fishing Derby was shelved many years ago due to austerity,” said MVA Field Operations supervisor Vida Borja. “We’re happy to bring it back for local and visiting fishermen!”
The designated derby fishing sites for the Tinian Cliff Fishing Derby will be PuntanDiablo, Fleming Point 1, and Fleming Point 2. Registration is $25. Derby orientation will be at 5pm on Oct. 19, followed by the derby, which will end on Oct. 21 at 10am and will be followed by an island-style awards banquet the same day.
“At one time, sport fishing was a small but important niche market for The Marianas, and we would like to see that increase again,” said MVA Community Projects manager Martin Duenas. “We invite all fishermen from Saipan, Rota, Guam, and the area to enjoy a great weekend of fishing on Tinian in October. It’s a great excuse to visit Tinian for the weekend.”
Cash prizes will be awarded for the most variety, biggest fish, and total weight. In each category, the MVA will award $300 for first place, $200 for second, and $100 for third.
The weekend event is co-organized by the MVA, 16th Tinian Municipal Council, and Tinian Mayor’s Office with additional support from other government agencies, and MVA members.
For more information, visit The Marianas Calendar at www.mymarianas.com or contact MVA Field Operations supervisor Vida Borja at email@example.com or call 1-670-433-9365.
Commuter flights from Saipan to Tinian run throughout the day via Star Marianas. Accommodations are available at Tinian Ocean View Hotel, Lorrilyn’s Hotel, Fleming Hotel, Green Lion House, and Tinian Street Motel. Car rentals are available from Avis and Islander Rent-A-Car. (PR)