Fishing reeled in many last month with the lure of substantial cash prizes.
The Cayman Islands International Fishing Tournament – the biggest fishing event on the local calendar – lived up to its billing with big catches and winners all over Cayman and the Sister Islands.
However, the fever caused from that action has not quelled and is set to spread further, especially in Cayman Brac.
This weekend sees the annual Brac Jackpot fishing tournament. The competition is centered in Cayman Brac with anglers looking to nab thousands of dollars for big fish.
An opening reception was held yesterday at 6pm at Captain’s Table restaurant in Cayman Brac and also at Sunset House in Grand Cayman.
The action gets under way today at the Carib Sands dock in Cayman Brac from 7am and continues until 4:30pm. From there fishermen will head back to the dock to assess the day’s catch at the weigh station at 6pm.
Anglers continue their pursuit for fish from 7am to 4:30pm with a weigh-in at 6pm tomorrow and conclude their hunt on Sunday at the same times.
A prize-giving ceremony is slated to be held at 7:30pm the Alexander hotel (which belongs to Cleveland Dilbert) after the final weigh-in at 6pm.
The tournament sees a number of stipulations. For starters all eligible fishing crews paid CI$300 for up to four anglers. Additional anglers paid CI$250 each.
For fish caught to be eligible for a prize they must meet minimum weight requirements. Blue Marlins must weight at least 300lbs, Wahoo and Dolphin must weigh 15lbs and Yellowfin Tuna must weigh at least 20lbs.
International Game Fishing Association rules are in effect and anglers are not permitted to fish with wire lines.
A plethora of cash prizes are on-hand for local anglers. The biggest of which US$4,000 for the heaviest eligible fish caught in the Sister Islands.
There is also a US$3,000 prize for any angler that breaks the Cayman Brac Blue Marlin record of 442lbs.
From there US$3,000 is on offer for the heaviest Blue Marlin over 300lbs. US$1,500 and the Captain Lawford Tatum Memorial trophy is awarded for the heaviest dolphin caught in the Sister Islands.
US$1,000 is on offer for the heaviest Wahoo, Dolphin and Yellowfin Tuna. Second and third heaviest in those categories receive US$500 and $300 respectively.
The heaviest fish caught by a lady or junior angler nabs US$300. The heaviest Grand Slam fish (which represents the largest combined weight for catching the three species of game fish) nabs US$1,000.
The tournament though is not strictly for the Sister Islands. The rules state anglers can fish in Grand Cayman but there are certain restrictions.
Anglers fishing in Grand Cayman are not eligible to win the prizes for heaviest fish or heaviest dolphin.
All the fishing action can be followed by tuning into radio channel 10 in Cayman Brac and channel 26 in Grand Cayman.
Tournament organizer Kenny Ryan is looking forward to this weekend.
‘I feel enthusiastic because of all the initial enquiries and positive feedback. I’m hoping it’s as good as last year when we had nearly 30 boats and over 146 anglers.
‘There are a lot of challenges this year with the after-effects of Paloma. But I’m confident all will come and have a good time. As any angler can tell you fishing is 85 percent luck and 15 percent skill.’