Kirk Slam hooks up

The next notable event on the local fishing scene is on tap.

Cayman sees the first annual Kirk Slam Dolphin fishing tournament this Saturday and Sunday 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 awards.

A top prize of $5,000 will be awarded to the crew that produces the heaviest total weight of dolphin catches. If the boat used for those catches is a Evinrude brand, an additional $1,000 will be given. Also on offer is the Barcadere prize, which is $5,000 for the team that breaks the Cayman dolphin record. The current mark is 58 pounds and was set years ago.

From there $5,000 is on offer for the first place angler, $2,000 for second place and $1,000 for third place. 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.

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.

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.

The entry fee for the Kirk Slam tournament is $250. For more information e-mail [email protected]