Escolar catchers will hook up

Emil Terry and Charles Ebanks grabbed headlines earlier this month for a record escolar catch. Both hope to earn more acclaim in one of the year’s last fishing tournaments.

The duo are slated to take part in the Cayman Islands Angling Club’s upcoming All-Tackle fishing tournament. Slated for 5-6 November, fishing hours are 6am-3pm in Grand Cayman waters with weigh-in at the Barcadere Marina 3pm-4.30pm.

Ebanks states when it comes to fishing he’s always in the mix.

“Am I competing next month? Of course I am,” Ebanks said. “Anything to do with fishing I’m there.”

Ebanks and Terry have caught record escolar (commonly called snake mackerel or butterfish) in recent weeks. At the end of September, Terry caught a 173lb escolar on a 50lb test aboard his 24 foot Scarab boat called Disco Fever. Terry would captain the same boat this month as Charles Ebanks nabbed a 169lb escolar on a 30lb test.

Both catches are Cayman records and possible world records, pending notification from world governing body the International Game Fish Association.

Terry states outside of the big escolar catches he often has a presence in fishing competitions.

“We’re always in the tournaments,” Terry said. “We fish the whole time. We put in the time and now it pays off. It’s all fun and games between me and Charles. We do it for good times while fishing. We go almost everyday, sometimes we catch and sometimes we don’t. What matters is we have the spot.”

For the all-tackle tournament, the three major species (dolphin, yellowfin tuna and wahoo) will be the focus with awards for billfish releases. The heaviest tuna, wahoo and dolphin will fetch $2000 each with the second heaviest in each category earning $1000.

Additional prizes will be on offer for the most billfish releases, the heaviest eligible fish, and the heaviest fish caught by a junior and a female angler. The minimum eligible weight for all catches is 15 pounds.

Entry fee is slated to be $300 per boat for up to four people, with each additional person paying $100. The Rendezvous bar at the Grand Pavilion courtyard will host registration on Thursday, 3 November from 6pm to 8pm and prize-giving on Tuesday, 8 November at 7pm.