The general consensus among local
anglers is April is the prime time to hit the Cayman waters.
Proof of that could be seen the
amount and size of catches reeled in during the Rooster Shootout last weekend.
Some 63 fish were brought in to the
Grand Harbour weigh station over the course of
On each occasion a large amount of
spectators gathered to see the wahoo, dolphin and yellowfin tuna that was
caught and find out how much they weighed.
At the same time many enjoyed the
cash bar operated by tournament organizer while Z99 on-air personality JB kept the crowd entertained.
By tournament’s end a select few
stood tall above the rest and walked away with significant prize money. Rugby
coach Richard ‘Grizz’ Adams caught the biggest dolphin at 54.05lbs aboard
TopLess, which was captained by Larry Cayasso.
The second heaviest catch was 53lbs
by Jack Hunter aboard More Time, captained by Thom Guyton. Robert Puliusz had
the third biggest fish at 38.10lbs aboard the boat titled Raise ‘Em captained
by Andreas Marchen.
David Campisi had the heaviest wahoo
at 41.06lbs aboard the O’Reely Daddy boat captained by Bruce Bush. The second
biggest catch was 40.03lbs made by Joel Francis aboard Tub Too, captained by
Stephan A. Scott.
Third biggest catch went to Lincoln
Hurlstone at 39.08lbs while aboard Bare Assets, which was captained by Dean
Lastly in the yellowfin tuna
section, Samara Persaud reeled in an 85.06lb whopper aboard Waste’n Time
captained by Jason Brown. The catch doubled as the largest in the event.
Captain Robert Hurlstone of Black
Magic was second with a 69lb catch while Captain Jason Brown of Waste’n Time
had a 68.06lb catch.
First place for each fish category
nabbed a cool US$4,000; second place earned US$2,000 and third place took home
a trophy. All the categories had various sponsors as Dolphin Custom Cabinetry
backed the dolphins, Hew’s supported the wahoos and Cayman Imports sponsored
the yellowfin tunas.
The prizes were given out in glitzy
fashion on Wednesday night at the Doghouse sports bar in Grand Harbour.
The full list of winners can be seen at http://hurleysgroup.com/files/shootout/so-stats.htm.
All of the fishing action brought
out a number of notable community members to the weigh stations. From former
police chief Rudolph Dixon to East End
politician Arden McLean many came out to catch a glimpse of the fish.
Amongst the crowd was Carlos
Vargas, who came out on Saturday with his 16 month-old son Matthias Vargas.
A former player for Tigers Football
Club (and a current midfielder for the Cayman Free Press Buzz Crusaders five-a-side
team) Vargas says he was out to rekindle his old passion for fishing.
“It was good and I was just trying
to take my boy to see the fish,” Vargas said. “It was a nice little family
outing and gave some good father-son bonding time. I also had a few friends in
the tournament and I wanted to see what they caught.
“I did a little bit of fishing back
when I was younger actually. I don’t have the time now and I don’t have a boat
to go fishing with now.”