Big upcoming fishing tournament

Fishing in Cayman is alive and well and another big tournament is on the horizon.

The Cayman Islands Angling Club would like to inform the public of its upcoming 2009 Billfish release tournament.

The schedule of events for the competition goes in motion next Thursday.

Registration is slated to be held at Oasis in Grand Pavilion from 7pm to 8:30pm. Prospective anglers are reminded that the registration fee for the tournament is CI$200.

The tournament is set to span two days as fishing takes place next Saturday and Sunday around the water of Grand Cayman.

Prize-giving for the tournament takes place on Monday 24 August 2009 at Oasis in Grand Pavilion from about 7pm to 8:30pm.

A number of great prizes will be on offer for Cayman anglers. The most notable prizes are US $2,000 for first place, a 50 Penn International Rod and Reel combo for second place and a Carey Chen art piece for third place.

Special prizes will also be on offer for Lady and Junior anglers with an optional jackpot also in effect.

For the sake of clarity the tournament is a Billfish release only event. That is all fish caught must be a type of billfish and must be released back into the water. The qualifying species are Blue Marlin, White Marlin, Sailfish, Spearfish and Swordfish.

International Game Fishing Association and Cayman Islands Angling Club release rules will apply in all phases of the competition.

The process behind recording a catch is a bit involved. Each boat will have a set of numbers between zero and nine. When a hooked fish is identified as a Billfish the boat captain will contact Tournament Control to obtain a release number.

The team must take a photo of the Billfish at boat side with the fish and the release number in the same photo.

The assigned numbers are chosen randomly by Tournament Control.

Each team releasing a Billfish must complete a release form and turn the form and associated pictures into Tournament Control at The Barcadere Marina between 4:30pm and 5:30pm on each of the fishing days.

The Angling Club anticipates over 25 teams to enter the tournament and encourages the public to come out to the Marina in the evenings when the catches are submitted.

At this point there is no indication that this tournament will be filmed. The 2009 Cayman Islands International Fishing Tournament was filmed this year by Reel Adventures out of Florida.

The Angling Club has just learned that the film crew’s video will be aired as part of the Reel Adventures show on Fox Sports Net Florida this Saturday morning at 7:30am.

Locals can catch the show on channel 654 on Direct-TV or on channel 423 on the Dish network.

Alternatively the Angling Club will display scenes from the show at the billfish tournament registration next Thursday.

For more details on all things relating to fishing in Cayman persons can log on to www.fishcayman.com.

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