West Bayer claims Brac Jackpot

A
lot of local anglers came to the fore in last weekend’s Brac Jackpot fishing
tournament. Among them was a young man originally from West Bay who earned
major props.

Edward
Kerr walked away with US$5,500 for his efforts in Cayman Brac. He won the top
prize of US$4,000 for the heaviest eligible fish in the Sister Islands and
US$1,500 for the heaviest wahoo in the tournament. Both prizes came thanks to a
33.4lb wahoo Kerr, a motorsports enthusiast, caught in the Brac aboard Morning
Spirit.

Another
big winner over the weekend was Jackie Ebanks. Aboard Can Do, Ebanks caught a
28lb dolphin that fetched him US$2,000. He won the Lawford Tatum memorial
trophy (and US$1,500) for the heaviest dolphin in the Sister Islands. In
addition he claimed US$500 for the third heaviest dolphin in the tournament.

The
biggest catch in the tournament actually came from Peter Wight in Grand Cayman.
Aboard Trouble Maker Wight nabbed a 72.4lb yellowfin tuna, which also nabbed
him US$1,500. He also grabbed US$500 for the third heaviest dolphin at 30.9lbs,
giving him a total of US$2,000 in prize money. Crew member Lamar Jackson
claimed US$750 for the second heaviest dolphin at 66.6lbs.

Another
Grand Cayman angler who did well was North Sider Douglas Ebanks. The captain of
Blue Moon had the second heaviest dolphin (28.1lbs) and the second heaviest
wahoo (25.3lbs). For his catches he walked away with US$1500. Ebanks was
actually second in the dolphin category to youngster Ryan Barnett and his
31.5lb catch aboard Taffy. Barnett earned quite a bit of spending money with
US$2,000 (he earned an additional $500 for the junior angler award).

The
other prize winner for the tournament was Kevin Carter who claimed US$500 for
the third heaviest wahoo at 24.8lbs aboard Morning Dream. Wayne Panton had a
marlin release aboard Hottarass but claimed no prize money. None of the anglers
claimed the grand slam prizes this year (which had US$2,500 on offer).

In
all some 17 boats and roughly 68 anglers registered for the tournament. Of that
number nine boats competed in Cayman Brac while eight crews hit the seas around
Grand Cayman. Interestingly only two female anglers took part in the event and
none of them won the female angler prize of US$500.

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Kerr caught the biggest Wahoo over the weekend.
Photo: Chevala Burke
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