Vic-Vic boats giant marlin for RP Mark

June 30, 1999

Victor V. Villavicencio, commodore of the Subic Bay Yatch Club and president of the Triple V Group set a new Philippine record for a Pacific Blue Marlin (Makaira nigricans) that weighs exactly 522 pounds (236.84 kg.) caught on 130-lb line in the billfishing mecca at the south china sea in Sta. Ana Cagayan.

Villavicencio, at the forefront of supporting and promoting RP sportsfishing tourism and marine conservation for over a decade. proved that the Philippines has a world class fishing grounds up north. He took about 30 minutes before noon of June 30 to boat the thropy game fish with a double hook door knob lure, a 130-lb test Maxima line and a Penn 130 rod and reel aboard his sportfishing boat Dad's Toy, a Revierra 48-38.

A three-time Philippine Game Fishing Foundation (PGFF) president 15 years ago, Villavicencio is also founder-chairman of the Asian Game Fishing Federation composed of fishing clubs in Japan, Thailand, Hongkong, Singapore and Philippines. He said if enough interest could be generated amoung Asian Anglers, PGFF may host the 22nd Asian GameFishing Championship in May 2000. The Philippines hosted the Asian Angling events in Palawan in 1990 and at Sta. Ana, Cagayan in 1995.

The 47-year old restaurrateur/ marina country club developer, is also RP's permanent representative to the International Game Fishing Association. The IGFA establishes ethical international angling regulations and serves as central processing center for world record catch data. The week-long fishing safari includes Jimmy Chua and Rene Ligon. The trio caught two other blue marlins, a 300 and a 138 pounder aside from several sailfish, dorado, and other big game fish. The Marlin hotspots is about 3 miles east of what local fisherman called "Susay" Rock. "Susay' is local name for sailfish prevalent in the area during the billfish season from April to June.