Billfish will get many hooked

After a short break local fishing
is active again as another big tournament is on the way.

Thursday 19 August marks the
deadline to register for the annual billfish catch-and-release tournament
taking place 21-22 August around the waters of Grand Cayman. Prospective
anglers can sign up at Sunset House 6-8pm.

There is an entry fee of CI$300 per
boat. There are no limit on anglers this year although all competing fishermen
are required to be angling club members. Anglers will be looking to nab various
species of billfish including blue marlin, swordfish and spearfish.

A number of prizes are on offer for
the most catches. First place nabs US$3,000 while second place earns $2,000 and
third place gets $1,000. Junior and lady anglers are eligible for special
awards. Prize-giving is slated for next Tuesday 24 August at 7pm in Sunset

As Cayman Islands Angling Club
President Franklin Thompson states the hunt for billfish has a unique place in
local fishing.

“Marlin and billfish fishing is its
own sport. If I had to make a sports analogy it’s like baseball’s World Series.
When people fish in Cayman they generally fish for meat fish, something they
can take home and eat or sell. With this tournament it’s strictly catch and
release. Charter boats are the main ones that fish for billfish though they
tend to do so during the tournament (unless one of their customers want to especially
fish for them).”

“Between dolphin slowing down and
the tournaments slowing down anglers usually turn their attention to snapper
fishing. You’ll see people do more fishing at the end of September because
that’s when the wahoo come around. Any time from November to February is
usually a good time for wahoo.”

August is historically a good month
to catch billfish. Last year’s tournament saw the Strike Force crew, featuring
angler Chris Wight, haul in a massive 400lb blue marlin. Not too far behind was
Yorkshire Rose. With the help of angler Reece Hester the crew caught and released
a 150lb blue marlin.

This year’s tournament hopes to get
more participants and more catches. Last year 11 boats registered and only
three managed to catch fish.

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