Rota Cliff Fishing Derby set for July 28-30

by Christopher A. Concepcion
Marianas Visitors Authority

Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands (NMI) – Fishermen from throughout The Marianas are gearing up for the 2017 Rota Cliff Fishing Derby on July 28-30, 2017. Organizers say competitors from Saipan, Tinian, and Guam are anticipated to join fishermen from Rota for the annual event.

The designated derby fishing sites are As Matmos, Pona Point and Mt. Taipingo. Registration is $25. Derby orientation will be at 5 p.m. on July 28 at Guata Beach Park, followed by the start of the derby. The derby will end at 10 a.m. on the final day, followed by the awards banquet at 1 p.m.

“We’re pleased to again be preparing with the Rota Mayor’s Office to welcome fishermen for our cliff fishing derby later this month,” said Sandra Atalig, Rota Field Operations Supervisor at the Marianas Visitors Authority (MVA) office in Rota.

Cash prizes will be awarded for the Top 3 finishers in the categories of biggest fish and total weight. The Top 4 finishers in the most variety category will receive in-kind donations from Ambros Inc.

The weekend event is organized by the Rota Mayor’s Office with support from Rota Municipal Council, Rota Legislative Delegation, Dept. of Public Safety, Dept. of Fire & Emergency Services, Ambros Inc., and the MVA.

For complete rules or to register, contact Special Asst. for Programs and Grants Aubry Hocog of the Rota Mayor’s Office at 1.670.532.9451 or or Sandra Atalig of the MVA at 1.670.532.0327 or

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