Strang crew hooked up well

The Strang family is one of the
most prolific families in the world of Cayman fishing. The group added another
accolade last weekend in winning the annual billfish competition.

Sandy, Scott and Keith Strang
nabbed US$3,000 as the winners of the 2010 Billfish catch-and-release
tournament. The Strangs were on the boat Bahari along with crew members John
MacFarlane and Mark Jewell. Jewell was the angler to hook and release a blue marlin
last Sunday afternoon. The group encountered another marlin that day but could
not reel it in.

For the Strangs the billfish
tournament is the second major event where a member of the family has won a
prize for nabbing blue marlin. At the 2010 Cayman Islands International Fishing
Tournament Keith Strang won the Bill Rewalt memorial trophy for the most blue
marlin releases with four.

The Strangs were given their prize
along with two other fishing crews on Tuesday night at Sunset House on South
Church Street. The other big winners were the Strikeforce crew consisting of
Chris Briggs, Al Parsons and Rob Jones. With Jones at the reel, the crew also
caught a fish on Sunday but it was later than the Bahari crew. Nevertheless the
group earned US$2,000 for second place and an additional US$500 for having the
last catch of the tournament.

Local little league stalwart Dayne
Brady and the crew of his boat Sweet Business won the hard luck award for
fighting three marlins but failing to reel in none. Their prize was a
personally autographed book about Panama from Guy Harvey.

Cayman Islands Angling Club
President Franklin Thompson hosted the awards ceremony and presented the
winning crews with cheques. He stated it was a solid competition.

“It was a good tournament as we had
nine boats come out. At this point I’d like to thank our tournament sponsors
for their support of local fishing: Nicky Papadakis, Harbour House Marina,
Barcadere Marina (it should be noted that they offered a fuel discount of five
cents per gallon to registered boats), Guy Harvey, Sports Supply and Divers
Supply. The last tournament for this calendar year is the Lions and Rotary Club
event and for more information on all local fishing the public can log on to”


Thompson, left, presents a cheque to the Bahari crew of Sandy Strang, John MacFarlane, Scott Strang, Mark Jewell and Keith Strang.
Photo: Matthew Yates

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