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Naira Repeats as Caribbean Cup Champions Fishing Report - October 28, 2016

Date of trip: October 28, 2016
Posted October 28, 2016 by FishTrack Member
  • Winning team Naira. Photo by Richard Gibson. 1 of 1
For the second year in a row, Ruben “Bincho” Mansur Jr. and his highly competitive team aboard the 57-foot Paul Mann, Naira, have emerged victorious in the Presidential Aruba Caribbean Cup. The tournament, presented by the Aruba Airport Authority and hosted by Varadero Aruba Marina and Boatyard, quickly became one of the hottest “must-fish” tournaments in the southern Caribbean region, thanks to not only the tough but friendly competition but also the entertaining dockside parties each evening. It’s one of those rare tournaments where friends gather to fish against friends, as much for bragging rights as for the first-place trophies, prizes and cash.

Mansur and company found the fish on Day One, releasing a grand slam of a blue marlin, white marlin and sailfish, to also earn additional bonus points for the slam. They added two more white marlin just before lines out to wind up their day with 2,200 points and a commanding lead. The second-place team, fishing on Driftwood, released a pair of white marlin to score 1,000 points. The team on Living Easy also had two whites and 1,000 points for third place.

Day Two saw the Naira team battling with Living Easy for the lead. The Living Easy team had one blue marlin and five white marlin for the day to close the lead, but Naira still remained firmly in command for the second day with a grand slam of a blue marlin, white marlin and sailfish, their second of the tournament. The Picanteteam was third going into the final day. They also scored a grand slam on Day Two of fishing.

And in the end, Naira was not to be denied. In three days of fishing, Bincho Mansur and company scored a total of 4,900 points with three blue marlin, six white marlin and two sailfish releases, plus two 100-point bonuses for the grand slams on Days One and Two. In second place was Herbert Merryweather and the Living Easy team with 3,000 points. They had one blue marlin and five whites for the tournament. The Alina team rebounded nicely after not scoring any points at all on the first day of competition; they released a grand slam on the third day and placed third overall with 2,300 points.

In the Top Angler standings, Carlos Isaza from Naira was first with 2,600 points, which included an impressive personal grand slam. Anthony Pinzon from Living Easy was second with 2,500 points and Jose Guanipa on Alina was third with 1,600 points.

For the event there were 70 billfish releases: 13 blue marlin, 43 white marlin and14 sailfish, all on 30-pound test line and non-offset circle hooks. There were four grand slams: two for Naira and one each for teams on Alina and Picante.

For more information contact tournament coordinator Joan Vernon via email at
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