“THIS was pure luck,” said Rose 1’s Juan I. Tenorio after receiving the $3,000 grand prize and trophy during the awards banquet of the 38th Saipan International Fishing Derby on Sunday at the the Pacific Islands Club Saipan.

It may also be “beginner’s luck” as it was Captain Tony Tenorio, Juan I. Tenorio and the rest of the Rose 1 crew’s very first time to enter a fishing derby. They were also the only team to snag a billfish throughout the one-day tournament held on Saturday.

 “We caught it about 4 miles north/northeast of Saipan,” Juan I. Tenorio said.

When the crew got there, there were already six other boats trying to hook fish from two different schools.

“We had sailed 30 minutes northeast of Saipan and we waited where Captain Tony Tenorio said we should take out the big lures. Then after heading back about three miles from Saipan that was when I said, ‘Due west.’ ”

Rose 1 returned to shore before 10 a.m. with a 131.5-pound Marlin — the only Marlin of the day.

 Besides the grand prize of $3,000, Rose 1 also won a side bet amounting to $6,000.

Juan I. Tenorio said their victory is dedicated to Rose 1’s anglers for their hard work.

The other winner of the derby was boat 10-7 #2 which hauled in the only Mahimahi of the day. The fish was as heavy as a pineapple at 3.6lbs, but the crew also took home $2,000 — and an actual pineapple.

More results will be posted in the coming edition of Variety.

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