Odds are the Blue Diamond crew will gain more props on Cayman’s waters.
The 2012 Cayman Islands International Fishing Tournament is taking place this week, 3-6 May. Organized by the Cayman Islands Angling Club, action takes place in the waters around Cayman from 6am to 4.30pm.
In 2011, Blue Diamond earned some US$7,000 in the dolphin category. Angler Jordan Hartmann came first with a 44.8 pound catch while crew-mate Chris Kirkconnell came second with a 38.13lb fish. Both men have had strong showings in 2012, with their latest catches coming in the 2012 Kirk Slam all-dolphin competition.
The 2012 international tournament sees crews split up into two main categories: boats 26 feet and under and those over 26 feet. The eligible species are billfish (catch and release), dolphin, wahoo and yellowfin tuna.
A Bimini start was slated to take place on Thursday. Anglers are expected to weigh their catches every evening 4.30-6.30pm at Grand Cayman’s Barcadere Marina and Cayman Brac’s Carib Sands Dock.
There are over $200,000 in cash prizes, with an additional jackpot of over US$100,000. The captain of the boat that releases the most blue marlins wins a Rolex watch compliments of Kirk Freeport.
For the record, the tournament’s major sponsors are the Cayman Islands Government, the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism, the Barcadere Marina, Butterfield, Cayman Airways, Cayman National, CICO Rent-a-car, Guy Harvey, Harbour House Marina, Kirk Freeport, Queensgate Bank and Trust and Scott’s Marine.