John and Tom Sperandeo will be all the rage in local fishing for weeks.
The father-son combination would win the 2012 Kirk Slam fishing tournament. The Cayman Islands Angling Club sanctioned event took place over the weekend, with the weigh-in at George Town’s Barcadere Marina.
The Sperandeos would nab 129.4 pounds of dolphin aboard the Reel Crazy II boat. They would finish ahead of 2011 top fishermen Liquor Box, as Eric Rivers, Jenny Elvidge, John Lawrus and new recruit Karen Vulcani produced 77lbs. The Escapade crew, who competed in Cayman Brac under captain Stewart Connolly, were third at 67lbs in the all-dolphin tournament.
John Sperandeo, a teenager, would be named the top junior angler for his 21.6lb catch. The heaviest fish was Al Parsons’ 39.2lb whopper aboard Ragga Muffin, whose crew members were Jeff Parsons and Garfield Ewers.
Melissa Rewalt, on Lackamulah, was the top lady angler with a 36.2lb catch, much to the delight of mum Margaret Rewalt (widow of local fishing legend Bill Rewalt). Run Things had the most dolphin releases.
In all 50 boats and 192 anglers would register for the Kirk Slam, which is in its second year. Of that number, three boats tried their luck in the Brac with the Escapade crew reeling in a 30.4lb dolphin on day one.
At the Barcadere, a number of things were going on outside of the anglers weighing in fish. Most notably, fishermen were selling their catches to Kirk Group for about $8 per pound while chefs grilled mahi-mahi on the premises.
From here, the next major competition is the Cayman Islands International Fishing Tournament on 3-6 May. Known for attracting international anglers and celebrities, this year’s event will see action around Cayman’s waters with weigh-ins at the Barcadere and the Carib Sands dock in Cayman Brac.