Fishing has seen some great catches this year.
The 2009 fishing tournament calendar was kicked off on February 21-22 as anglers braved the sea to compete in the first annual Barcadere Classic Fishing Tournament.
The tournament was hosted by the Cayman Islands Angling Club and sponsored by The Barcadere Marina and McLaughlin Construction.
Tournament registration and prize giving was held at Guy Harvey’s Island Grill.
Eligible fish for the tournament were Wahoo, Yellowfin Tuna and Dolphin. Cash prizes for the tournament totalled CI$11,000.
Nineteen boats and 55 anglers participated in the fun-filled two-day event.
Despite challenging weather conditions on day one, nine Wahoos were caught and weighed in Grand Cayman while three were caught on Pickle Bank and weighed in Cayman Brac.
With improving weather on day two, anglers caught and weighed nine Wahoos, three Yellowfin Tunas and three Dolphins.
The heaviest and second heaviest Dolphins were caught aboard Blue Moon by angler Justin Ebanks and Captain Douglas Ebanks. The biggest catches weighed in at 25lbs and 23lbs respectively.
The heaviest Yellowfin Tuna was caught by Charles Ebanks aboard Run T’ings and weighed 88.7lbs.
The second heaviest Yellowfin Tuna weighed 58.7 lbs and was caught by Curtis White aboard Run T’ings.
The heaviest Wahoo caught also nabbed the Elvet Conolly prize. The lucky angler who set both marks was Bill Edwards who captured a 55.2lb Wahoo aboard Still Chasin captained by Gary Rutty.
The second heaviest Wahoo weighed 45.6lbs and was caught by Curtis White on Run T’ings with the boat captain being Charles Ebanks.
Omar Goff and the crew of Morning Spirit journeyed to Pickle Bank to catch the third heaviest Wahoo at 43.2 lbs.
This event will be followed by The Cayman Islands International Fishing Tournament, which will be held April 21-28 at The Barcadere Marina.
Registration is on April 31, fishing days are April 23 thru 26 with prize giving on April 28. This year’s tournament will be filmed by Reel Adventures Fishing Show and aired on Fox Sport Net Florida, Comcast Sports South and The Lone Star Channel.
Boats will journey from Jamaica and Key West to participate in this year’s CIIFT. An optional cash jackpot is anticipated to exceed US$25,000 and will be up for grabs by one lucky team this April. For more information visit www.fishcayman.com
The Cayman Islands Angling Club would like to thank The Barcadere Marina, McLaughlin Construction, Mr. Elvet Conolly and especially the participants, spectators and volunteers for making The Barcadere Classic a great success.