Local anglers can look forward to another fishing competition this month.
The first annual Kirk Slam Dolphin fishing tournament takes place 16-17 April. The waters around Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac will see fishing crews in action from 6am to 4pm on both Saturday and Sunday.
The Barcadere Marina in George Town will be the site of weigh-ins from roughly 4pm until about 6pm. Anglers will be motivated to cash in on a number of prizes. The heaviest fish, whether it is a dolphin, wahoo or yellowfin tuna, nabs $5,000. Second place earns a cool $2,000 while third takes $1,000.
From there the heaviest dolphin grabs $1,000. The heaviest fish reeled in by a lady angler gets $500 and the top junior angler catch earns $500. The awards ceremony will also see a rod and reel combo offered as a door prize.
Title sponsors for the tournament are Kirk Group, in particular Kirk Freeport, Kirk Marine, Kirk Beverages and Kirk Supermarket. Other sponsors include radio stations HOT 104.1FM and Cay-rock 96.5FM.
Rosalind Robinson serves as one of the marketing managers for the Kirk Group. She states the tournament is about stimulating the sport.
“The title sponsor for the event is Kirk Group and products that are represented from this group are Coca Cola, Shamano and Victorinox Swiss Army,” Robinson said. “The fishing season is for a short time usually March-May and we wanted to give our fellow fishing enthusiasts more opportunity to fish and enjoy the sport. We chose the time to fall in the middle of two other major fishing events so that we wouldn’t compete with dates.”
News of the Kirk Slam comes after last month’s Rooster Shootout. Captain Danny Ebanks, angler Robert Whorms and the crew of the Mustache Man grabbed highest honours.
They claimed about US$10,000 in prize money for the heaviest dolphin at 37.5 pounds, the heaviest yellowfin tuna at 49.2lbs and the grand slam award for the most pounds of fish caught by one crew.
May meanwhile sees two tournaments in the Cayman Brac Jackpot fishing tournament and the biggest of them all, the Cayman Islands International Fishing Tournament.
The entry fee for the Kirk Slam tournament is $250. For more information e-mail [email protected]