Marina Varadero, Aruba: The
team, captained by Ruben "Bincho" Mansur, Jr, led the Varadero Aruba Caribbean Cup nearly wire to wire this year, scoring 2,400 points in three days, including a Grand Slam bonus on Day Two. They had two blue marlin, five
white marlin and two sailfish releases in three days of fishing. This is the second time that the team has emerged victorious in this event. "We had a great tournament," Mansur reports. "My crew caught nearly everything they saw and we worked well together. And congratulations to Yilson for his Grand Slam!" Indeed it would be Yilson Iriarte in third place in the angler standings thanks to his personal Grand Slam of a blue marlin, white marlin and sailfish on the Naira on Day Two of the tournament.
In second place was Eric Mansur's
1,900 points. They had two blues, four whites and a sailfish for the tournament. Mansur also reported great fishing. "We hooked up with a blue [marlin] and the
came in behind us and
hooked four white marlin-the ocean just came alive with bait and marlin." The
scored 1,500 points from two blues and three whites to place third.
In the Top Angler category it was Bancho Mansur from the
Naira in first place with 900 points. He's followed by Odemaris Parades, an outstanding lady angler representing the
Amazing Grace team, also with 900 points but falling just short based on time of release. In third was the
Naira's Yilson Iriarte with 800 points.
As with all Presidential Challenge events, the Varadero Aruba Caribbean Cup provides financial support to the many conservation projects currently underway by The Billfish Foundation, both around the world and right here in the Caribbean.
For the event there were 67 billfish releases: 17 blue marlin, 37 white marlin and 13 sailfish, all on 30-pound test line and non-offset circle hooks. There were two Grand Slams, both on the second day of fishing. For more information on the Presidential Challenge Conservation Series, please visit www.preschallenge.com.