Strangs hope rods stay busy

The next big fishing tournament in
Cayman takes place in about two months. One local fishing family hopes to make
another splash and nab a couple of catches.

Sandy Strang and sons Keith and
Scott Strang are slated to be among the dozens of local fishermen taking part
in the second annual Lions and Rotary Club fishing tournament 20-21 November.
The event launched last year at the Camana Bay dock and attracted a number of
spectators on each day of the tournament.

As Keith Strang, 35, states it’s a
tournament the family is looking forward to. “As far as the Lions event goes we
were talking about that at the billfish tournament prize-giving ceremony,”
Strang said. “We will take part in it, assuming everyone has time in their
schedule. We’ve all been fishing together for awhile. John (MacFarlane) has
bene part of the crew the last five to 10 years. Mark (Jewell) is a fairly
recent addition as he’s been with us since last year.”

The Strangs have been quite active
in fishing. Last month the trio 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. For the Strangs the
billfish tournament was the second major event this year where a member of the
family 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.

For Sandy Strang, 66, the highlight
of the year so far was the international competition in April.

“This year the international
tournament was the highlight for us,” Sandy said. “Personally I’m looking
forward to wahoo in the winter as they’re always interesting. I’m also looking
forward to mahi-mahi next year as they are good fish to eat.”

As Keith states the November
tournament is one of a number of competitions on their schedule in the coming
months.

“Aside from the local circuit of
tournaments we were invited to take part in the International Game Fishing
Association Off-shore Fishing Championships in Caibo, Mexico next year. We’re
hoping to go there and get a good result. All of our crew members from the
billfish tournament will make the Mexico trip and we’re all happy to represent
Cayman.”

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