A 413-pound marlin and a 101.7-pound yellowfin led two of the five categories on Saturday at 6 p.m. in the inaugural Greg D. Perez International Sportfishing Tournament at Agat and Hagåtña marinas.
Derby manager Anjelica Perez, stationed at Marina Gregorio D. Perez in Hagåtña, said the results were not yet final as the rankings did not include any fish weighed at Agat Marina.
There were 100 boats entered in the 12-hour derby, said Carol Perez, one of seven children of the namesake derby, Greg D. Perez. Her father, she said, raised a fishing family and he still holds the record – 1,153 pounds – for the largest marlin caught in Guam waters.
Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three in each category, said Carol Perez, and a $ 50,000 bonus was ready for any angler who broke his father’s record.
At the end of the day, the case was safe and sound.
But that didn’t stop boat captain Edgar Orallo and his crew on the Queen Rhoda, who caught the 413-pound marlin off the Rota Banks in waters north of Guam.
“We were hoping for something small today because it’s our first derby. We weren’t expecting anything really, really big, ”Orallo said. “We caught a really small marlin first, then on the way back we magically hit it, I guess the bigger one here.”
Along with crew members Mervin Angulo and Erwin Davis, the team took about two and a half hours to bring back the monster fish. Ed Orallo said the “really little marlin” weighed about 100 pounds, maybe less.
It took just under an hour and 20 minutes for the first marlin of the day to weigh. Samuel Enano arrived at 7.20am with a 194.9 pound marlin. Before noon, Island Girl I, along with Captain Joseph Palacios, landed a 147-pound marlin. They headed the board of Hagåtña at the time of publication.
Here are the leaders of the other categories:
- Stone silver: 101.7 pounds