Guy will reel them in

Guy Harvey hopes to gain a wider audience for Cayman fishing.

The noted conservationist is showing two short films this Saturday, 10 March. The first is being aired on American TV station NBC Sports Network, focusing on marlin fishing. The other will be at Camana Bay’s Hollywood Theatres and is titled ‘This Is Your Ocean: Sharks.’

Backing the films is Cayman Islands Angling Club President Franklin Thompson, who states it is about highlighting Cayman as a fishing destination.

“The NBC show is all about marlin fishing in Cayman and what it has to offer,” Thompson said. “Two more films are slated to be filmed in Cayman this year. The guys from sport fishing TV are coming down and George Poveromo’s crew will be coming back.

“All of this is good publicity for our sport, with the next fishing tournament being the annual Rooster Shootout on 23-25 March.”

Harvey’s NBC Sports show is slated to air at 12.30pm with the Hollywood Theatres film to be shown at 10am and 11.30am. The Camana Bay documentary, which is presented by the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, sees free admission and sponsorship from Foster’s Food Fair, Kirk Freeport, Tortuga, Dart and Hollywood Theatres.

Harvey has a presence on the local angling scene through things like tournament prize donations. His show will mark the second time in three months that Cayman fishing has received international publicity. Back in January, noted fisherman and TV personality George Poveromo featured local wahoo fishing on his ‘George Poveromo’s World of Saltwater Fishing’ show on NBC Sports Network.

Alongside marine artist Carey Chen, Poveromo nabbed 18 wahoo, four yellowfin tunas and had a blue marlin catch and release on a local 65-foot boat. The show also featured wahoo trolling and noteworthy factors such as bait and boat speed. Poveromo, 53, hails from South Florida and was in Cayman last November filming for the show.

This month’s Rooster Shootout will be the second fishing tournament of 2012. January’s Barcadere Classic started things off with Waylon Bush nabbing a 93.5 pound yellowfin tuna aboard I and I alongside crew members Franklin Kerr and Stephen Ebanks.