Brac Jackpot on hold

The excitement of last month’s epic
triplet of fishing action continues next weekend.

On Friday 21 May the annual Brac
Jackpot fishing tournament gets going on Cayman Brac.

Fishing days will stretch out to
Saturday 22 May and Sunday 23 May from 7am to 4:30pm. Onlookers can get a
glimpse of the day’s catches at the Carib Sands dock every evening 4:30pm-6pm.

Tournament registration gets going
on Thursday 20 May at the Alexander hotel 6-7pm. Anglers will see an entry fee
of CI$300 for boats with up to four anglers. Every additional angler pays
CI$250.

Fishing for the tournament will be
based primarily in Cayman Brac though this year Grand
Cayman will see some action. Tournament registration is next Thursday
6-7pm at Sunset House with the Barcadere Marina serving as the weigh-in station
4:30-6pm.

The public can catch the action on
their VHF radios. For Cayman Brac it is channel 10 and on Grand
Cayman it is channel 28.

Next weekend’s competition is the
fourth major event on the local angling schedule. Last month the Cayman
Swordfish Challenge, Rooster Shootout and Cayman Islands International Fishing
Tournament all took place.

All saw notable fish caught. Des
Francis aboard Tube II caught a 169.2lb swordfish, Samara Persaud of Waste’n
Time had an 85.06lb Yellowfin Tuna and Julia Hurlstone of Black Magic had a
74.7lb tuna.

Interestingly the Brac Jackpot was
postponed from taking place this weekend due to bad weather.

As tournament organizer Kenny Ryan
states the waves would be too choppy for fishing now.

“We’ve decided to move the
tournament back a week because of inclement weather,” Ryan said. “Basically it
was too bad out there with lots of breeze and rough seas. The boats shouldn’t
travel when it’s like that.”

Delays are a common theme among the
major fishing tournaments this year. Last month’s events were all postponed due
to weather. As Ryan says his event is following that precedent.

“This year is very unusual as every
fishing tournament has been postponed,” Ryan said. “Unfortunately we’re
following the trend. A lot of people lined up to come over from Grand Cayman and had booked hotels and such.

“It would have been really
convenient with the holiday Monday and all but that’s just the way things go
some times.”

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