Time to get hooked

Cayman’s best fishermen are set to be out in force today.

This evening marks the launch of the 2009 Cayman Islands International Fishing Tournament.

The biggest competition on the local angling scene, the tournament takes place for a week until April 28.

Many local crews are slated to go in search of the big catch all over the Cayman Islands. There are slated to be boats from across Grand Cayman competing while the Sister Islands launch into action around Cayman Brac.

In addition boats from Jamaica and the Key West are expected to compete.

A kick-off party and registration for the tournament is set for tonight from 6pm. The Barcadere Marina will see the band Wild Knights perform and the boat captains and anglers briefed on the rules.

At the same time over in Cayman Brac things get under way with a similar party at Captain’s Table. That is slated to run from 6pm until 9pm.

Anglers will be paying off the boat registration fee of US$500/CI$400 for up to four anglers.

From there the fishing gets going on Thursday April 23. The Bimini start at roughly 7:30am signals the start of the tournament as all the boats launch into the high seas from the George Town harbour.

After that fishing continues through to Sunday April 26 from 6am to 4:30pm. Everyday once the fishing hours are over all of that day’s catch are weighed at the weigh stations until about 6:30pm.

In Grand Cayman the weigh station will be at the Barcadere Marina while Carib Sands Dock will serve that purpose in Cayman Brac.

If that were not enough an optional cash jackpot is anticipated to exceed US$25,000 and be up for grabs for one lucky team.

One of the unique things about all of the action is its coverage. Angling enthusiasts can tune their radio dials on to VHF Channel 28 in Grand Cayman or Channel 10 in Cayman Brac for the latest results.

This year’s tournament is also being filmed by Reel Adventures Fishing Show and is set to be aired on Fox Sport Net Florida, Comcast Sports South and The Lone Star Channel.

The tournament comes on the heels of the first annual Barcadere Classic in late February which saw 19 boats and 55 anglers.

The crew aboard the ‘Blue Moon’, including angler Justin Ebanks and Captain Douglas Ebanks, caught the biggest dolphin which weighed at 25lbs.

The heaviest Yellowfin Tuna weighed 88.7lbs and was caught by Charles Ebanks aboard the boat ‘Run Things’.

Bill Edwards reeled in the heaviest Wahoo, which weighed in at 55.2lbs, aboard the boat ‘Still Chasin’ with Captain Gary Rutty at the helm.