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Getting to know Rob Arrington

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ROB Arrington, famously known for his YouTube channel, “Deer Meat for Dinner,” shared a few insights about his Marianas trip during a meet-and-greet event hosted by the Saipan Fishermen's Association or SFA on Saturday, July 11, at the Minachom Atdao pavilion.

He said in Washington in 2018,  he met a young Chamorro who told him about the island of Rota and its Sambar deer. Arrington decided to travel to Rota.  For his part, Gov. Ralph DLG Torres invited Arrington to Saipan.

Arrington believes that his YouTube channel, which has 2.5 million subscribers, could help expose the CNMI, including its Northern Islands, to the rest of the world.

“I feel it’s my honor and duty to tell the entire world about these beautiful hidden gems,” he said, referring to Northern Mariana Islands.

Arrington announced at the event that he was  donating $1,000 to the Table to Tasi program of the SFA for children so they could buy equipment and go fishing.

“This is a big thing,” Arrington said. “This is your livelihood, this is your future. When you could take a fishing pole, a hand line, a hook and a bait, go to the water and catch a fish, you have a connection to that fish because you caught it, cook it and ate it. I call that being connected. And if I could get more people connected to the outdoors, the ocean and the food that you eat, I feel like I would have done a good job. I'll do everything in my power to help the CNMI.”

Arrington said he also learned a new fishing technique from the locals — the handline fishing technique. “That is one thing I try to do when I travel. Learn something new,” he added.

Gov. Ralph DLG Torres speaks during a meet-and-greet event with Rob Arrington at the Minachom Atdao pavilion on July 11, 2020. Photo by James F. Sablan Jr.

 

A child asks Rob Arrington a question during a meet-and-greet event at the Minachom Atdao pavilion on July 11, 2020. Photo by James F. Sablan Jr.

The handline technique involves using an inner-tube as a stretching device which creates a “drag” or “give.”

“It’s very unique and I plan on using it with a couple of other fishing techniques back home,” he said, adding that he plans to make a video highlighting the handline fishing technique while he tries to catch a 500-pound grouper.

In his remarks during the meet-and-greet, Gov. Ralph DLG Torres recalled that when he was a child,  “my dad had two jobs, but in the evening we would go fishing and whatever my dad caught, it was our breakfast the next morning. When you go fishing it's really different…to be out there in the water. So one thing I like about Rob Arrington and his show is that he shows his appreciation for our ocean and the need to preserve our environment. Getting to know him personally is an honor. It’s also an honor for us to have someone like him bring in his family to share something that we have. I want our kids and the next generation and the following generation to always have what we have today, and to preserve it and enjoy it.”

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