West Bay native Arlon Powery may not be a heavyweight in the world of local angling. But his name should stand out after his showing at one of Cayman’s most popular fishing tournaments.
Powery had the biggest overall catch at the 2011 Rooster Shootout. He reeled in a 52.9 pound yellowfin tuna aboard Morning Spirit.
Joining him on the crew was a pair of emerging talents in local fishing including Edward Kerr and Omar Goff. For their efforts the crew nabbed US$4,000 for the heaviest tuna catch of the tournament.
The tournament, which was delayed due to bad weather, saw a modest turnout.
Though 37 crews registered, only about a dozen were present for the Bimini start on Friday and roughly 10 boats were able to produce fish.
The size of catches were also unimpressive as last year’s event saw many in excess of 55lbs, including Samara Persaud’s 85.06lb tuna.
In fact Persaud did land a tuna this year. But she would go home empty-handed as the fish was not among the top three in size.
The second heaviest tuna was 49.2lbs and came from Roger R. Wood of Mustache Man. For his efforts Wood took home US$2,000.
Katrina Ebanks had the third-heaviest tuna on Outcast with a 48.5lb catch.
Like with all big fish, restaurants are quick to land the big catch.
Among them was Tukka restaurant as chef Ron Hargrave purchased a yellowfin tuna.
Hargrave, who hails from Australia and has been in Cayman 11 years, paid roughly $600 for fish nabbed in last year’s event when he worked at Deckers restaurant.
Over in the wahoo category, Katrina Ebanks would nab US$4,000 for the heaviest catch. Her 39lb fish was nearly 10lbs heavier than second place.
Taking up that spot and going home with US$2,000 would be Justin Ebanks of the Blue Moon crew with a 29.2lb wahoo.
Third place would be Albert McLean of Mustache Man with a 23.1lb catch.
Junior anglers would dominate the dolphin category.
Johann Wood of Moustache Man had the heaviest catch at 37.5lbs.
John Sperandeo of Reel Crazy II was second at 27.1lbs while fellow crew member Melissa Rewalt (an adult) was third at 24.5lbs.
There were also a pair of blue marlin releases in the tournament.
Those releases came from Joshua Ebanks of High Maintenance and Roberto Jackson of Mt. Zion.