The next big catch on the local fishing calendar is on the way. With a number of prizes on offer and the event historically producing big fish, there is plenty to reel one in.
The annual Rooster Shootout takes centre stage this weekend 18-20 March. As usual the Grand Harbour weigh station will be the sight of various game fish including yellowfin tuna, dolphin and wahoo.
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).
Most fishermen are looking forward to the event. Among them is Robert Whorms, 31, who nearly had a new record for an Atlantic albacore catch back in January.
Whorms, who caught a sailfish last year, stated he wants to catch dolphins this time around.
North Side native Justin Ebanks states the Rooster event is huge as he wants to claim the crown for having the heaviest dolphin catch.
The Rooster Shootout comes as the 2011 Cayman Swordfish Challenge continues to be delayed.
The tournament was put back once again, this time until 9 April.
The competition was slated to have taken place 9 March but, due to a lack of fish caught, there was supposed to be another staging of the event this weekend.
At press time the official statement from tournament organizers is as follows:
“The Cayman Swordfish Challenge would like to inform all participants that due to forecasted weather conditions the event scheduled for this Saturday 12 March has been re-scheduled for Saturday 9 April.
The same rules will apply with total cash prizes of $10,000. Those boats that registered for the last tournament earlier in February will not need an entry fee.”