Not even a hurricane named Ivan could sink the spirits of Cayman Islands Angling Club (CIAC) members.
‘The Angling Club is going ahead with its 8th Annual Cayman Islands International Fishing Tournament (CIIFT), set for 21-24 April, 2005,’ newly re-elected CIAC President and CIIFT Chairman Clive Smith announced.
‘Our members met and voted enthusiastically to have a special, smaller tournament that would benefit two local charities, the Cayman Islands Cancer Society and the Cayman Islands Crisis Center. Long time supporters Guy Harvey and Carey Chen have generously donated works of art to auction at the prize giving, and the money raised will go to those organizations,’ Mr. Smith said.
‘The Club has lost almost everything in the line of records and the tournament office, however, there’s a lot of support for CIIFT in spite of the lingering effects of Ivan therefore this year’s event will be four days instead of 10. We’re going to pack a lot of fun into that weekend and help some very worthy local causes. Anglers will also donate fish to The Pines Retirement Home and other NCVO facilities. We want to thank our sponsors and members for their support in keeping this tradition alive this year,’ the CIIFT Chairman added.
The Cayman Islands International Fishing Tournament (CIIFT) is Cayman’s top sportfishing event, organized and hosted by the Cayman Islands Angling Club. This year’s sponsors include the C.I. Government, Cayman Airways, CICO/Avis, and Harbour House Marina. Internationally acclaimed marine artists Guy Harvey and Carey Chen have generously donated artwork for a gala April 26 prizegiving auction to benefit the two charities.
This year’s tournament headquarters and weigh station will be at SafeHaven instead of the Cayman Island Yacht Club.
Kick-off party and registration for Grand Cayman anglers takes place on Tuesday, April 19 at Sunset House from 6 – 9 p.m. and will once again be hosted by the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism. The entry fee for CIIFT is CI$400 per boat up to four anglers and all anglers must be an Angling Club Member for a fee of CI$100 while Junior Anglers (up to 14 years and younger) are CI$25.00.
For anglers in the Sister Islands, the registration and kick-off party was scheduled for Tuesday, April 19, at the Captain’s Table Restaurant on Cayman Brac.
The prize-giving party and charity auction is set for Tuesday, April 26th at Grand Pavilion Courtyard on the West Bay Road.
This year’s CIIFT is offering guaranteed cash prizes along with ‘magnificent’ crystal trophies and other merchandise prizes.
Here is a rundown of the top prizes:
· Cayman Airways tickets & Guy Harvey prints to anglers of top 4 boats releasing the most Blue Marlin
· US$5000 each for Heaviest Dolphin, Wahoo and Yellowfin Tuna. Winners will also receive Carey Chen original tile artwork.
· US$2000 each for Second Heaviest Dolphin, Wahoo and Yellowfin Tuna
· Crystal etched glass trophy for Third Heaviest Dolphin, Wahoo and Yellowfin Tuna
· US $2000 for Angler Landing the Heaviest Grand Slam (one each of wahoo, yellowfin tuna and dolphin) and a rod and reel, donated by Capt. Harry’s Fishing Supply of Miami.
· US$1000 to the Lady Angler Landing Heaviest Fish and roundtrip Cayman Airways ticket.
· US$500 to Junior Angler Landing Heaviest Fish and prize donated by Capt. Pete Tyson
· US$1,000 and roundtrip Cayman Airways ticket for Visiting Angler landing heaviest eligible fish.
· Captain heaviest eligible fish: Rolex Watch donated by Kirk Freeport & invitation to enter the 2006 Rolex/IGFA Offshore Championship in Cabo San Lucas.
· Captain 2nd heaviest eligible fish: Everol 50 waterproof reel
The CIIFT tournament follows IGFA rules and carries minimum weights for all eligible species of 30 lbs. for yellowfin tuna and 25 lbs. for wahoo and dolphin.
The CIIFT 2005 Schedule of Events
April 21 CICO/AVIS Bimini Start (Hog Sty Bay, Grand Cayman and West End Channel, Cayman Brac)
April 21-24 Harbour House Marina Bluewater Sportfishing Challenge
April 24 Final weigh in at SafeHaven
April 26 Auction and prize giving presentation, Grand Pavilion Courtyard, 7:00 p.m.
The CIAC is a non-profit registered Cayman company founded in 1983.