The first big fishing event of 2011
is taking place in a few days.
The third annual Barcadere Classic
will kick off the 2011 fishing tournament schedule on 22-23 January at The
Barcadere Marina, located at the historic George Town Barcadere.
Interestingly the tournament was
originally the “Naul Bodden Wahoo Classic” when Mr. Naul Bodden caught a record
105 pound, 10 ounce wahoo on Pickle Bank in February 1987. Formerly a
wahoo-only tournament that ran every February, Mr. Bodden’s record stood
uncontested until June 2007 when Mr. Elvet Conolly caught a Wahoo weighing
146lbs 2oz on board Mike Ebanks’ boat “Ms. Michelle” just off the coast of the
North Side. June is typically a slow time for catching Wahoo, for that reason,
Mr. Elvet’s catch was that much more remarkable and has since been unchallenged
and remains the record to beat.
The “Naul Bodden Wahoo Classic”
evolved into the “Barcadere Classic” on 21 February 2009 where yellowfin tuna
and dolphin were added as eligible species to sweeten the prize pot. Wahoo
continues to be the emphasis for the tournament. This year’s event will see the
addition of marlin to the list of eligible species.
In addition this year’s Barcadere
Classic is supporting the Cayman Islands Diabetes Charitable Trust which works
to educate and assist those less fortunate that are living with the disease and
The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation to promote responsible sport fishing in order
to preserve our oceans for future generations. The Barcadere Classic and The
Cayman Islands Angling Club are proud to support both causes.
The schedule of events for the
tournament starts with registration on Thursday 20 January at Guy Harvey’s
Grill 7-9pm. The entry fee is CI$300 for a boat with up to four anglers. Each
additional angler is CI$100. Fishing Days are this Saturday and Sunday January
from 6am to 4.30pm. Weigh-in takes place at The Barcadere Marina 4:30-6pm with
snacks provided by Cracked Conch and a cash bar available by Barnes Bartender
Service. Catboat rides will be provided by the Catboat Club at the Barcadere on
Sunday from 3pm. The awards presentation is on Monday 24 January in the
Macabuca area of the Cracked Conch at 7pm.
A number of awards will be on offer
for the tournament. CI$10,000 is on offer for the wahoo that breaks Mr.
Conolly’s record. Aside from that the three largest wahoos nab winnings of
CI$5,000, $3,000 and $1,000. The heaviest and second-heaviest yellowfin tuna
and dolphin catches earn $2,000 and $1,000 respectively. The heaviest fish
caught by a lady and junior angler gets a prize with the most marlin releases
also earning honours.
There will also be a raffle draw
with the first prize being two Cayman Airways tickets, sponsored by The Cayman
Islands Department of Tourism and Cayman Airways. Second prize in the raffle is
a gift certificate for boat detailing (a $400 value) sponsored by Boats and
Butlers. All proceeds will be donated to The Cayman Islands Diabetes Charitable
Trust and Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation. Tickets will be sold during all events
up to and including the evening of the awards presentation.
Last year’s winners were as
follows: the heaviest dolphin (26.8 lbs) was caught by Lincoln Hurlston aboard
Bare Assets and the second heaviest (25.7 lbs) by Royce Ebanks aboard Strike
Force. The heaviest yellowfin tuna (67 lbs) was caught by Nick Jones aboard
Pura Vida while brother Will Jones nabbed the second heaviest (60.3 lbs) on
Pura Vida as well. The heaviest Wahoo (54.3 lbs) was caught by Al Parsons
aboard Strike Force with crew member Des Ebanks had the second heaviest Wahoo
(52.1 lbs). The third heaviest wahoo (50.4 lbs) was caught by Billy Pennington
aboard Deep Thought. Samara Persaud was awarded the Lady Angler prize for
catching a yellowfin tuna weighing 56.4 pounds aboard Wastin Time. Curtis
Hester was awarded the Junior Angler prize for catching a 42.8 pound Wahoo
aboard Yorkshire Rose.
The Barcadere Marina and The Cayman
Islands Angling Club would like to thank all of the sponsors and supporters of
The Barcadere Classic: Scotts Landing, ValvTect Marine Fuel, Scott’s Marine,
BCQS International, Scotia Bank, Guy Harvey, Cayman Islands Department of Tourism,
Cayman Airways, Vibe 98.9FM, SPIN 94.9FM, Boats and Butlers, Cracked Conch and
the Catboat Club.