Rough seas throw off Classic

Anglers in the Cayman Islands will have to wait to reel in fish for 2012. 

The first fishing tournament for the year has been postponed. The Barcadere Marina in George Town was slated to host the annual Barcadere Classic over the weekend. 

However rough seas cancelled those plans. The Cayman Islands Angling Club, the tournament organizers, issued a statement stating the competition should go off this weekend. 

“Due to the forecast for last weekend calling for less than ideal conditions and last Saturday morning having a small craft advisory, we postponed the tournament. Registration and the Annual General Meeting were also postponed. Having reviewed the most recent weather forecasts we will proceed with the Barcadere Classic this weekend,” the statement reads. 

The tentative dates now see the tournament registration on Thursday, 26 January, at the Grand Pavilion courtyard at 6.30pm. Entry fee is $300 and fishing days are Saturday and Sunday, 28-29 January with weigh-in each day at roughly 3.30pm. Prize-giving is slated for Monday, 30 January, at Macabuca (Cracked Conch) at 7pm. 

It will be interesting to see if young Azan Sherieff competes. Over the weekend, he caught a cobia (also known as a black salmon or lemonfish) weighing some 37.2 pounds on Lady Luck II off East End. 

A new executive board for the club is slated to be voted on this week. The current board features Franklin Thompson as president, Donal Burns as vice president, Heather D. Bodden as secretary/administrator and James G. Ebanks as treasurer. The rest of the governing committee has Lee Foster (advisor), Len Layman (website administrator/photographer), Mark Bothwell, Graham Peck, Donna Sjostrom (chief radio control), Tania Smith (assistant secretary), Michelle Ebanks-Barnes (assistant treasurer) and Kenny Ryan (Cayman Brac representative). 

The next major tournament on the club calendar is the Rooster Shootout on 23-25 March. Last year the event was dominated by the Mustache Man crew with a 37.5 pound dolphin and a 49.2lb yellowfin tuna. Arlon Powery reeled in a 52.9lb tuna but it was eventually disputed and disqualified.  

From there comes the Kirk Slam (14-15 April), Cayman Islands International Fishing Tournament (3-6 May) and the Cayman Brac Jackpot (18-20 May). The date for the Cayman Swordfish Challenge is yet to be determined though last year it took place in mid-March. In addition to the tournaments, the club also intends to maintain its usual presence at the Miami International Boat Show on 16-20 February.