Presidential Aruba Caribbean Cup Goes to Naira

The popular team wins for third straight year

Naira team wins 2017 Aruba Caribbean Cup
A common sight after the the Presidential Aruba Caribbean Cup, the Naira team celebrates their big win.Richard Gibson

A Day Three grand slam clinched the 2017 Presidential Aruba Caribbean Cup — and a three-peat — for the Naira team.

The crew finished with 2,000 release points — earned from four white marlin, two blue marlin and one sailfish in three days of fishing on the 57-foot Paul Mann. A grand slam of the three billfish species — this year's only grand slam in the tournament — kept Naira owner Ruben "Bincho" Mansur and his crew ahead of the second-place Alina team, which finished with 1,700 release points from five sailfish, three blue marlin and one white marlin. The Tara team finished third with 1,500 release points. Eric Mansur owns and operates Alina, while Alex Mansur captains Tara.

Alina fishing team
The Alina team returns to the dock after a day of fishing. Their performance earned the team second place in the tournament.Richard Gibson

Marina Varadero, the host of the tournament, is the Alina team's home. However, the Naira team appears unbeatable in the Presidential Aruba Caribbean Cup. The crew has won three straight years.

Naira angler Yilson Iriarte won the tournament's top angler trophy with 900 points. Just Us angler Kanmar Kleinmodig also finished with 900 points but Iriarte won on time. Alina angler Christian Mansur scored 800 points and finished third.

captains meeting at fishing tournament
The captain's meeting kicks things off at the 2017 Presidential Aruba Caribbean Cup.Richard Gibson
sport-fishing boats at docks
The Caribbean Cup fleet sits at the docks, primed for three days of intense offshore fishing.Richard Gibson
blue marlin beautiful jump
The boats saw a lot of action, as 64 billfish were released during the tournament.Richard Gibson
Alina sport-fishing team
Alina, a 58-foot Paul Mann, heads offshore.Richard Gibson
Naira fishing Aruba Caribbean Cup
The Naira team returns to the docks after another successful day offshore. The crew continued its dominance in Aruba, thanks in large part to a Day Three grand slam.Richard Gibson

Despite rough seas and high winds, the 19-team field released 64 billfish: 24 sailfish; 23 white marlin; and 17 blue marlin, all on 30-pound-test line and non-offset circle hooks.