Junior anglers can now hook up

A new competition for young fishermen will set sail in a few days.

The Cayman Islands Angling Club recently confirmed that it is putting on a junior angler fishing tournament. Titled ‘Family Ties,’ the event is expected to take place this Saturday 3 September around the waters of Grand Cayman.

The basic format sees fishing hours from 7am to 3pm on Saturday. For anglers aged 14 and under, all of the major big game species are eligible; namely wahoo, yellowfin tuna and dolphin.

As Angling Club President Franklin Thompson states there are also some additional fish youngsters can catch to earn prizes.

“Barracuda is another of the eligible species,” Thompson said. “There is also a release category for tarpon.”

The Barcadere Marina in George Town will serve as the weigh station for the catches. Residents can see fish being weighed 3-4pm on Saturday with prize giving scheduled immediately afterwards, starting from roughly 4.30pm.

Event registration takes place this Thursday 1 September from 6pm to 7pm at Sunset House. The registration fee is $25 per boat.

News of the Family Ties event comes after the 2011 Cayman Islands International Fishing Tournament back in May.

The last competition to feature loads of junior anglers was the inaugural Kirk Slam event. In April 228 fishermen took part, including 25 youngsters such as Aaron Ebanks.

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