East End gets exclusive hook-up

It is not everyday that Cayman sees district-specific fishing competitions. That will soon be the case in East End.

The Stanford Rankine Memorial fishing tournament is slated to take place next Saturday, 28 April. Anglers will be able to fish from 6am to 4pm with weigh-in taking place 4-6pm at the East End Heritage Field.

Delmira Bodden is the East End community officer and one of the organizers for the event. She states the tournament is only for East End natives.

“For the tournament you have to be an East Ender or live in East End,” Bodden said. “We have great togetherness and fishing is part of our rich history. The tournament is meant to be a very beneficial event for the East End community.

“We had over 100 participants in 2011 and Gary Rutty was among the winners. We had 70 plus boats with participants like Arden McLean and it was very well supported, which tells the story of East End.”

As with most angling competitions, focus will be on fishing around Grand Cayman’s waters. The three main categories are deep-sea, bottom and shore fishing. Expect anglers, including those in the junior ranks, to target big-game species like dolphin, yellowfin tuna and wahoo and traditional catches like snapper.

Bodden states there is an emphasis on young fishermen.

“The shore fishing is designed for the kids. In the past, Ernie Sherieff (a notable fishing enthusiast alongside daughter Brandi and son Azzan), Kendall Connor, Nick Elliott and I have done presentations for the schools, giving free lines to the kids.”

The tournament is not listed as a Cayman Islands Angling Club-sanctioned event for this year. However, some 13 prizes are on offer, including $1,500 for the heaviest fish. A number of companies are supporting the event including Burger King, Pirate’s Cove Bar and LIME.

There are no line class restrictions (any size line can be used including wire) and the actual fishing area is between the Frank Sound Channel and North Side Channel. A maximum of four anglers are allowed per boat with each paying a $5 entrance fee that includes a T-shirt.

Tournament registration is slated for next Friday, 27 April, at the East End Heritage Field from 6pm to 8pm. Saturday’s event will see free refreshments on offer like fish tea and fritters and prize-giving at 6-8pm.

For more information, call 925-5543 or 927-8649 or e-mail [email protected]