Hooked up for more big catches

A number of notable catches have surfaced to start the New Year. Now local anglers have a pair of events to attend to officially get fishing for 2011.

First up is the annual general meeting of the Cayman Islands Angling Club. The Wharf restaurant will host the session on Saturday 15 January at 6:30pm. All members and prospective members are encouraged to attend. Annual membership fees will be collected and refreshments will be provided.

One of the most interesting parts of that meeting will be the election of the angling club’s president. Franklin Thompson has served in that capacity the last few years. In addition to being a notable angler in his own right, Thompson comes from a family of fishermen and has helped the sport increase its public appeal.

From there comes the annual Barcadere Classic 22-23 January. The year’s first major fishing tournament has been moved up from its usual February start. The Barcadere Marina in George Town will once again be the site of weigh-ins on both Saturday and Sunday.

It will be interesting to see if Nicholas Jones can catch another big tuna. Last year he nabbed the tournament’s biggest catch in the form of a 67-pound yellowfin tuna. He was aboard the Pura Vida boat. Another man hoping to gain more accolades is Lincoln Hurlstone and the Bare Assets crew. He had one of the heaviest dolphin catches of the year with his weighing in at 26.8lbs.

Some 27 boats and 108 anglers took part last year, producing three dolphins, five yellowfin tunas and 23 wahoos above the minimum size. In all some CI$21,000 was made available in cash prizes, courtesy of about 10 sponsors. Adding to the excitement was a catboat race put on by the Cayman Catboat Club. Kem Jackson, Cayman’s expert on catboats, came out on top aboard his white and blue Captain D boat in a field of 10 catboats.

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