$100,000 hook

Fishing reaches its pinnacle with
Cayman’s most prestigious tournament this weekend.

The Cayman Islands International
Fishing Tournament started on Monday and ends on 4 May. This tournament draws
participants from around the world attempting to capture cash and prizes in excess
of US$100,000.

The tournament caters to many anglers
such as juniors (under 16), ladies, visiting anglers and rookie anglers.

There is also two boat classes
which help to spread the prizes around, these are for boats 26 feet and under
and boats over 26 feet. In each boat category there are prizes for first, second
and third heaviest wahoo, dolphin and yellowfin tuna. 

Prizes for breaking the Cayman
records for dolphin, wahoo and yellowfin Tuna will each be rewarded with $10,000
respectfully. $50,000 will be awarded for the heaviest blue marlin over 587
pounds.

Visiting judges for this year’s
event are George Poveromo, Buddy Davis and Craig Watson.  George is a fishing show host with ESPN and
will be filming a fishing show in Cayman later this year. 

Davis is a famous builder of custom
sport fishing yachts in North Carolina. 
Craig is a rarine biologist from Florida.

 The tournament this year has additional prizes
such as: lady angler releasing the most blue marlins $2,500, angler with the
most weight $1,000 and the angler with the most blue marlin releases has been increased
to $10,000.

Fishing days started on Thursday
until Sunday with the weigh station at the Barcadere Marina. Prize giving will
be held on Tuesday at The Grand Caymanian.

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