Wahoo and tuna offer best catches

Cayman anglers are bracing for one last hookup.

The Cayman Islands Angling Club will be staging its second annual All Tackle Tournament this weekend, 3-4 November. Fishing action will take place on Grand Cayman waters.

Angling club president Franklin Thompson states he is looking forward to large wahoo and yellowfin tuna catches.

“I think it will produce great catches of wahoo and tuna and close the yearly tournament calendar with a bang,” Thompson said. “I believe wahoo and tuna will bring the largest catches, with the highest catch numbers coming from Pickle and 60 Mile bank but the largest wahoo will be caught around the Island.”

To Thompson’s point, the biggest catches in last year’s tournament were of wahoo. Leon Dilbert, fishing aboard Miss Nyha with Joel Francis, had the heaviest catch with a 38.6 pound wahoo. Vaughan Smith, on Miss Nicole, had a 32.8lb fish and Shelly Ware’s wahoo, caught on Run Things, was 32.3lbs.

Dolphin were also biting in 2011 as Ware had a 28.4lb catch, Dilbert’s fish was 26.2lbs, Samara Persaud, on Morning Spirit, caught a 21.8lb dolphin and Melissa Rewalt, on Bahari, had a 14.5 catch. Andrew Schirn of Deep Thought was the top junior angler with a 24lb dolphin catch.

For 2012, the Barcadere Marina in George Town will serve as the weigh station for both tournament days with spectators catching a glimpse of the catches from 4pm to 6pm.

The awards ceremony is slated for 6 November at 7pm at Sunset House. Fisherman can take home a number of cash prizes. The heaviest dolphin, wahoo and tuna catches earn $2,000. The second heaviest catch of each species earns $1,500 and the third heaviest fish garners $500.

Additional prizes are on offer for teams with the most billfish releases and the lady angler with the heaviest eligible fish.

Registration was set for Thursday at Sunset House. There was an entry fee of $250 per team for up to four anglers. Tournament sponsors include the angling club, the Barcadere Marina and Tomlinson Furniture.

The All Tackle tournament is the last competition by the angling club for 2012. Cayman’s next fishing event is in February 2013, in the form of the Barcadere Classic.

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