Anglers ready to tackle Cayman Swordfish Challenge

Anglers across Cayman and from
overseas will be baiting their hooks in readiness for the third annual Cayman
Swordfish Challenge, 9-10 April.

The tournament, which started off
as an experiment to determine the quality of swordfish around Grand Cayman, the
best time of year to catch the largest numbers and the best methods of catching
them, has grown into an event that attracts quality anglers, according to King
Flowers.

He said that the idea of the
tournament was spawned by what was later formalised into the event’s executive
committee: King and Richard Flowers, Captain Bouncer Smith, Davey Ebanks,
Buster McLean, Atlee Evans, Dorson Wright and Captain Steve Huddlestone.

This year’s offshore tournament was
initially scheduled for March, but was postponed for a few weeks due to
inclement weather, according to Mr. Flowers.

“We had to postpone it as did a few
other tournaments due to be held around that time,” he said. “It looks as if
we’re now in for some outstanding conditions on the first day of the challenge
and some great weather on the following day,” he added.

Usually Cayman’s premier swordfish
tournament attracts 20 to 25 boats. With up to four anglers per boat, this year
organisers are expecting up to 100 participants.

As well as a healthy complement of
local anglers bent on catching impressive hauls of the fish, including marine
scientist, conservationist and angler Guy Harvey, there will also be several
international participants.

“We’re pleased to be welcoming on
board some really top notch professionals and overseas anglers,” Mr. Flowers
said.

As well as Captain Bouncer Smith;
Arthur Mariano, professor of Meteorology and Physical Oceanography at the Rosenstiel
School of Marine and Atmospheric Science at the University of Miami; Captain Steve Huddlestone; full-time
commercial fisherman Alfred Mercier; and professional angler Raymond Abraham
would also be taking part in the Cayman Swordfish Challenge.

Mr.
Flowers said that the challenge would feature day and night fishing in North
Side, South Side and East End. “The technology’s changing now anglers can begin
at 4pm and finish at 2am on both nights,” he added.

The
Challenge’s registration and a bait and tackle rigging session, was held,
Thursday, 8 April at Kirk Marine.

With
$19,000 in prizes and several tempting categories up for grabs, it is hoped
that the contest will reel plenty more participants in.  The prize giving will take place at Morgan’s
Harbour, West Bay, on Monday, 12 April.

For
further information including a schedule of events, visit
www.caymanswordfish.com.

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