Dolphin assault ready to launch

Inclement weather stalled the Kirk Slam initially but organizers are now expecting a fishing frenzy.

Cayman’s only all-dolphin tournament now takes place this weekend, 21-22 April. Anglers are expected to troll Cayman’s waters 6am-4pm each day and weigh their catches at the Barcadere Marina in George Town at 4-6pm.

Rough seas and unfavourable conditions postponed the competition’s start last weekend. A sanctioned event by the Cayman Islands Angling Club, the Kirk Slam offers $5,000 cash for the heaviest dolphin caught with $2,000 and $1,000 on offer for the second and third heaviest catches.

The competition is in its second year. In 2011, the inaugural edition attracted 55 boats and 228 anglers. Four crews fished in Cayman Brac with 25 junior and 30 female anglers in the mix.

Julian Lee and his High Maintenance Crew had the most props thanks to a 56 pound, one ounce dolphin and a combined weight of 129.7lbs from four fish.

The other big winners would be the crew of Jah Bless, featuring angler Cachas ‘Super C’ Stewart, for nabbing a 34.1lb catch and three fish weighing 74.9lbs. The Liquor Box crew, featuring lady angler Jenny Eldridge, had a 37.7lb dolphin and two fish with a combined weight of 67.30lbs.

Registration took place on Thursday at Royal Palms. Prize-giving takes place next Monday, 23 April, at Royal Palms from 7pm.

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