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Samuel Atalig catches biggest fish in Rota derby

SAMUEL Atalig topped the “biggest fish” category in the 2018 Budweiser Cliff Fishing Derby on Rota, the mayor’s spokesman, Ivan Mereb, said.

Atalig, who received the $300 first prize, caught a 22.08 lb. barracuda at Pona Point.

Samuel Atalig caught a 22.08 lbs. barracuda in the 2018 Budweiser Cliff Fishing Derby on Rota.  Contributed photoSamuel Atalig caught a 22.08 lbs. barracuda in the 2018 Budweiser Cliff Fishing Derby on Rota. Contributed photo

The $200 second prize went to Johnny Mesngon who caught a 14 lb. red snapper at As Matmos while the third placer, Clayton Manglona, caught a 10.62 lb. skipjack also at As Matmos and received $100.

This year’s fishing derby was sponsored by Ambros Incorporated, the Marianas Visitors Authority, the Office of the Mayor of Rota, and the 16th Rota Municipal Council.

Mereb said 31 participants competed in the three-day event from Aug 3 to 5.

In the “most variety” category, Reynaldo Castillo won first place with 18 species of fish; second-third places were Johnny Mesngon and Adriano Taguibao, 15 species; and fourth place, Polly Manglona, nine species.

First place in the “most weight” category went to Johnny Mesngon with a total catch weight of 46.38 lbs;  Joaquin Fujihir was second with 28.24 lbs.; and Reynaldo Castillo placed third with 19.24 lbs.

The first placers received an Ugly Stik rod and reel and Bud hats; second placers, a Budweiser limited edition cooler; third placers, beach chairs and hats; and fourth placers, Bud hats and beer coolers.

Mereb said the derby officially began on Aug. 4 at 5 p.m. at the Guata’ Beach Pavilion after the participants registered and paid their entry fee.

He said Jim Atalig of the Division of Fish and Wildlife conducted an orientation which outlined the rules and designated the locations at the As Matmos and Pona Point cliff lines.

After the orientation, Shaw Taisacan of the Department of Public Safety and  Sgt. Clint Barcinas of the fire department briefed participants about safety and emergency procedures.

Mereb said the weather at Pona Point was a challenge to some fishermen as strong winds were followed by heavy monsoon rain. But at As Matmos, there was little to no rain or wind, he added.

On Aug. 5, the organizers and sponsors hosted a banquet at Teteto Beach Pavilion where the official scores were presented and the winners received their prizes.

This year’s event key officials were David Santos from the Rota Mayor’s Office, Esperansa Cruz from DLNR-Rota, Aubry Hocog, mayor’s office event coordinator, George O Hocog and Jim Atalig, official weight masters, DFW-Rota.

“On behalf of the 2018 sponsors we would like to thank all our participants and the respective Rota department staff who spent the weekend at the cliff sites,” Mereb said.