Hookup has big pot

With over US$200,000 on offer, Cayman’s biggest annual fishing tournament will also be its richest.

The 2011 Cayman Islands International Fishing Tournament is scheduled for Thursday 19 May through to Sunday 22 May. The event, which has taken place the last 13 years, sees fishing across Cayman Brac and Grand Cayman.

More than over US$200,000 worth of prize money is the main draw for anglers. The heaviest wahoo, dolphin and tuna nab US$5,000 each. Any of those catches that break the Cayman Islands record gets US$10,000. The second heaviest catch in each category fetches US$2,000.

There is also US$100,000 on offer for the heaviest blue marlin caught that breaks the Cayman record. A new initiative this year is the billfish release jackpot. The catch and release segment sees a pot of US$50,000. The team with the most release points earns the US$50,000. Second place takes US$7,000 and third place earns US$5,000.

Registration is next Tuesday 17 May at the Westin Casuarina hotel in Grand Cayman and at the Alexander hotel in Cayman Brac. The awards ceremony is slated for Tuesday 24 May at the Westin.

The competition comes after the first annual Kirk Slam dolphin tournament last month. That event saw 228 fishermen register including junior anglers like Azzan Sherieff.

Entry fee for the tournament is US$500. For more information, e-mail [email protected] or log on to www.fishcayman.com