February is almost over and that
means the next big fishing event is fast approaching. With two tournaments
slated to take place, March figures to be interesting for local anglers.
The annual Rooster Shootout takes
centre stage 18-20 March. As usual the Grand Harbour weigh station will be the
sight of heavy fish during the competition. A number of cash prizes are slated
to be on offer across some 12 categories.
Last year’s event was an epic one.
The event attracted 39 boats carrying 163 anglers and resulted in 63 fish
caught. There was even a competitor in David Henson McNabb that came from the
Bay Islands in Honduras to compete in his boat Caribbean Sport.
The biggest catch of the tournament
was an 85.06lb yellowfin tuna reeled in by Samara Persaud of Waste’n Time.
David Campisi of O Reely Daddy had the biggest wahoo at 41.06lbs while rugby
coach Richard “Grizz” Adams had the biggest dolphin aboard Topless at 54.05lbs
(four pounds below the Cayman record).
Sharing some of the Rooster
tournament’s spotlight will be a swordfish tournament (tentatively set for 9
March). Billed as an extension of the 2011 Cayman Swordfish Challenge, the
event will focus primarily on action in the Sister Islands. Tournament organizer
King Flowers stated in passing that a lack of catches in this month’s
competition was a big factor behind hosting an event in Cayman Brac.