Nicholas Ebanks should be a proud fisherman this week.
Ebanks hauled in a 95 pound, 11 ounce yellowfin tuna over the weekend during the 2011 Cayman Islands International Fishing Tournament. He was aboard Risky Business when he made the catch in the boats over 26 feet category. For his effort he nabbed US$5,000 for the heaviest yellowfin tuna in his section and an additional US$2,000 for the largest eligible fish caught in Grand Cayman waters.
Ebanks would be one of many winners in the tournament. In his segment he was followed by Chaz Phelps, Adrian Ebanks and Josh Bodden. Phelps had a 69lb 3oz tuna aboard Down the Hatch and took home US$2,000. Ebanks, aboard Still Chasin and Bodden, aboard Miss Nicole, both had 67lb, 5oz tunas and at press time it was not clear how the third place prize of Cary Chen artwork and electronics was split.
In the wahoo category Jason Powery earned US$5,000 and Cary Chen artwork aboard Morning Spirit for the heaviest and third-heaviest catches. One fish weighed 35lbs, 8oz while the other was 34lbs 11oz. Kristofer Thompson caught a 35lb wahoo aboard Deep Thought, which was good enough for second place and US$2,000.
The Blue Diamond crew earned US$7,000 in the dolphin section. Angler Jordan Hartmann came first with a 44lb 8oz catch while crew-mate Chris Kirkconnell came second with a 38lb 13 oz fish. In third place was Cory Burke aboard Mutual Fund with a 29lb 10oz dolphin.
For boats 26ft and under Simon Kilpatrick of Freespirits had the heaviest dolphin at 32lbs 3oz and earned US$5,000. Nabbing the US$2,000 second place prize was Justin Ebanks of Blue Moon with a 27lb 13oz catch. Cameron Ebanks on Who’s Ya Daddy had a 24lb 13oz catch.
Robert Whorms of Party Heat had a 64lb 10oz tuna, the heaviest in the 26ft and under category. Daniel Murphy of Lucky Devil was second at 63lbs 13oz with Edward Azan of Blue Moon third at 62lbs 6oz.