Strike Force angling for kudos

The Strike Force crew should be all the rage in local fishing.

After dominating the recent Rooster Shootout, the team have their sights on this weekend’s Cayman Swordfish Challenge. Slated for Friday and Saturday, 30-31 March, action takes place each day from 3pm to 2am.

Crew member Nicholas Jones states the plan is to continue their form at sea.

“Right now team Strike Force is prepping for the Swordfish Challenge this weekend,” Jones said. “We are hoping to continue our hot streak and put some good fish on the scales once again.

“Our crew was on fire for the Rooster tournament. Our Captain Chris Briggs found the fish every day of the tournament and anglers Kim Briggs, my brother Rob and I were able to make the most of every opportunity that presented itself.

“Our three day tally was 10 yellowfin tunas, six wahoo, two dolphins and three blue marlin releases. We ended up with the second place dolphin and we won the Captain’s prize for the most fish weighed. We also took down the Jackpot for the most points and were awarded the District Cup, which us South Sounders are most proud of!”

The Rooster Shootout attracted roughly 34 teams and 136 anglers. Over $20,000 was on offer in cash prizes. Strike Force indeed nabbed big fish as Rob Jones (Nick’s brother) reeled in a 30.6 pound dolphin. The heaviest dolphin belonged to Jordan Hartmann of Blue Diamond with a 38.2lb catch. Strike Force’s other big fish was a 53.5lb tuna caught by Rob Jones.

The other notable catches weighed at the Harbour House Marina dock included a 72.8lb tuna caught by Albert McLean on Too Lucky and 47.6lb wahoo hooked by Chris Kirkconnell on Blue Diamond.

For the Swordfish Challenge, teams had to consist of a captain and at least one angler. The entry fee was $500 for a team of up to four including the team captain. There was a $100 charge for each additional angler. In all there are $20,000 worth of cash prizes.

The breakdown for the prizes see $5,000 for heaviest total weight (one or two fish), $3,000 for second heaviest total weight with third place fetching $2,000. Each evening, the most releases nab $2,000 and the heaviest catches earn $2,000. The single heaviest swordfish caught in Cayman Brac and Grand Cayman is worth $1,000 each.

Prize-giving take place on Monday, 2 April, at Morgan’s Harbour in West Bay from 6pm.

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