As someone familiar with baseball,
Dayne Brady is familiar with the phrase better luck next time in regards to
sports. However the George Town resident probably didn’t envision those words
summing up his latest fishing experience.
Brady was part of the Sweet Bizness
crew that competed at the 2010 Billfish catch-and-release tournament. The boat
captain could only watch as three blue marlins slipped in and out of reach over
the course of one weekend. Fittingly Brady was awarded the “hard-luck” prize of
Guy Harvey’s latest book on fishing in Panama at the tournament’s awards
ceremony last week.
As the Home Gas general manager
explains, the most notable of those missed catches was in the afternoon hours
off the coast of West Bay two Sundays ago.
“We were right off Northwest Point
in West Bay, actually not far from Northwest Point Road. First we spotted
flying fish by the boat and that’s when I knew there was some marlin around. It
was 2:20pm when we hooked one and it put up about a 20 minute fight with us
from start to finish. The first 10 minutes it was jumping around, really flying
out of the water. It was doing somersaults and putting on a real good aerial
show. Then the other 10 minutes it tried to run and went about 10 feet deeper.
I’d say it was about a 250lb blue marlin and it’s a shame it got away.
“We had one run off the day before
and the marlin I was telling you about was part of a double-header where we
were trying to catch two fish at the same time. We were using 50lb and 80lb
test reels to catch those marlins and I’m glad I was able to hook one of them
and fight it for awhile.”
in Brady’s misery was son Brandon, South African Greg Hall and Barry Bodden.
All were on Dayne’s 27ft Covia fishing boat. In spite of the mixed fortunes on
the water, Brady is happy that his son is now into the sport. “My son is hooked
now. He’s 25 and it was the first time he had hooked up a billfish. It wasn’t
the first time he fished with me and now I know it will not be the last.”
Dayne has a strong link to baseball
in Cayman. He recently served as head coach for the Cayman travel team that
competed in the Caribbean regional qualifiers for the 2010 Little League World
Series. The team was made up of 11 and 12 year-olds from Cayman and competed in
Humacao, Puerto Rico. In addition he plays for the Home Gas co-ed softball
team, which has won about seven straight titles in the top division.
Brady, 46, is quick to say his
enjoyment of both sports is roughly equal.
“My passions are for little league
baseball and fishing. I put a lot of time into them as I want to perpetuate my
experiences in both disciplines. I do it for the smiles. There’s nothing like
seeing the look on kids’ faces when they get their first base hit or when they
get their first bite.”
Interestingly the Maryland native
stated of the two fishing had the biggest role in his decision to come to
Cayman and work in the propane gas business. “Back in the States I was a
commercial fisherman. In fact I came from three generations of charter boat
operators. Fishing was something I did all my life starting from the ditches
around my house and the farm ponds in the area. I broke the chain when I
stopped commercial fishing roughly 13 years ago and got into the propane business.
When I came here I started out as a truck driver for $5 an hour. But I worked
my way up, it was a long hard road and here I am today.”
the billfish tournament was Brady’s first major fishing competition in recent
times, he states he intends to be more active in the future. Among the first
events he’ll compete in is the second annual Lions and Rotary Club Fishing For
Charity event this Fall (last year’s competition took place at Camana Bay).
“Yeah, you’ll probably see me there
at that event. I guess I better start hitting the local fishing tournament
circuit. You got to understand fishing is a passion of mine. I have saltwater
in my veins. I love to be out on the water trying to catch the fish. Also I
like seeing the youth get involved in it as well.
“With fishing you never know what
you’re going to get. It teaches patience and discipline and once you get that
first bite you’re hooked for life. It’s a great past-time and the best part of
it is that you don’t have to be a professional to get lucky.”