They’re eager to be reeled in

The last few days have been an
exciting time for fishermen. With one tournament finished and the year’s
biggest on the way, many are driven to comb Cayman’s waters for fish.

Among them is angler Eric Rivers.
The West Bay native is fresh off a solid showing in last month’s inaugural Kirk
Slam competition. His boat Liquor Box produced the top female angler in
Canadian Jenny Elvidge and claimed third place overall with a 37.7 pound
dolphin. Rivers, 38, states his focus is on the 2011 Cayman Islands International

“The international is what’s next
for me,” Rivers said. “Granted I’ll need to get the time off work first.

“Jenny is a friend of mine and it
was great to have her out for the first time last month. It was nice. I’d say
it was a great, first-class tournament. It was well-organized. I had no
problems and it was fun.”

The international tournament comes
after the Brac Jackpot was held in Cayman Brac over the weekend. The
international tournament, in its 14th year, takes place this Thursday 19 May
through to Sunday 22 May. Registration is this Tuesday 17 May at the Westin
Casuarina hotel in Grand Cayman and at the Alexander hotel in Cayman Brac.

Awards will be handed out next
Tuesday 24 May at the Westin. More than over US$200,000 worth of prize money is
on offer. Those potential winnings are a draw to many anglers, except Charles
Ebanks. A local hero in recent weeks for helping Edward Azan foil a robbery
attempt of Blackbeard’s liquor store, Ebanks states the money is not important.

“It (the prize money) doesn’t
really matter when it comes to tournaments,” Ebanks said. “All you can do is
fish your hardest and see where you come out. There’s always a good chance of
catching fish. I respect all of the pros of the sport and I say good luck to
them and tight lines in the tournament.”

Azan took part in the Brac Jackpot
over the weekend with Blue Moon captain Douglas Ebanks. Crew mate Justin
Ebanks, who excelled in this year’s Barcadere Classic, states Azan is a force
to reckon with at sea.

“Douglas, Edward and I have fished
in the tournaments together the last three years,” Ebanks said. “I’m looking
forward to Edward fishing for us this year. He pulls his weight and we’re proud
to say that there are no amateurs on board.”