Naira Wins in Aruba

Team makes most of home advantage to win Caribbean Cup for second straight year

Naira celebrates winning Aruba Caribbean Cup
Members of the Naira team celebrate their victory in the Presidential Aruba Caribbean Cup for a second straight year.Courtesy of Richard Gibson

Naira proved it is a tournament-fishing powerhouse in Aruba.

For the second year in a row, Ruben “Bincho” Mansur Jr. and his team aboard the 57-foot Paul Mann emerged victorious in the Presidential Aruba Caribbean Cup.

Naira fishing Aruba Caribbean Cup
Aboard a 57-foot Paul Mann, the Naira team had a successful three days of fishing.Courtesy of Regina Gallant

The Naira team released a grand slam of a blue marlin, white marlin and sailfish the first day. They added two more white marlin before the day ended to finish with 2,200 points and a commanding lead ahead of Driftwood and Living Easy.

The Living Easy team had one blue marlin and five white marlin the second day, when Naira caught another blue marlin-white marlin-sailfish grand slam to remain ahead of its top challenger.

The Naira team finished with 4,900 points — releasing two more blues and whites on the last day. Living Easy placed second with 3,000 points. The Alina team, which didn't score any points the first day, caught a grand slam on the third day and placed third overall with 2,300 points.

Living Easy second place at Aruba Caribbean Cup
The Living Easy team finished second in the tournament.Courtesy of Regina Gallant

In the Top Angler standings, Naira's Carlos Isaza 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 Alina's Jose Guanipa was third with 1,600 points.

The tournament, hosted by Varadero Aruba Marina and Boatyard, has become one of the hottest tournaments in the southern Caribbean region thanks to the tough-but-friendly competition and also the entertaining dockside parties each evening.

The tournament included 70 billfish releases — 43 white marlin, 14 sailfish and 13 blue marlin, all on 30-pound test line and non-offset circle hooks. There were four grand slams: two for Naira and one each for Alina and Picante.

Aruba Caribbean Cup awards
Naira accounted for two of the four single-day grand slams recorded during the tournament.Courtesy of Richard Gibson
Aruba Caribbean Cup awards
Living Easy scored 3,000 points and finished second in the tournament.Courtesy of Richard Gibson
Aruba Caribbean Cup awards
With 2,300 points and a grand slam, Alina earned a third-place finish in the Aruba Caribbean Cup.Courtesy of Richard Gibson
sunrise during Aruba Caribbean Cup
The sun provides a nice backdrop behind the fleet sitting at the dock.Courtesy of Regina Gallant
boats at dock of Aruba Caribbean Cup
The fleet tallied 70 billfish releases: 43 white marlin, 14 sailfish and 13 blue marlin.Courtesy of Regina Gallant
Aruba Caribbean Cup Top Angler
Naira's Carlos Isaza recorded a personal grand slam, which helped him win the Top Angler award.Courtesy of Richard Gibson
Aruba Caribbean Cup Top Angler
Anthony Pinzon, an angler from Living Easy, finished with 2,500 points and placed second in the Top Angler category.Courtesy of Richard Gibson
Aruba Caribbean Cup Top Angler
Alina's Jose Guanipa finished third in the Top Angler contest.Courtesy of Richard Gibson
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The Iliza crew prepares for the day's action.Courtesy of Regina Gallant
Aruba Caribbean Cup
Talika gets set to hit the water.Courtesy of Regina Gallant