Stormy seas stall all tackles

Inclement weather has delayed the last hurrah for local anglers.

The Cayman Islands Angling Club has postponed its annual All Tackle Tournament to 24-25 November, due to choppy seas last weekend.

On its website, the angling club released a statement that read, “Due to the unfavourable weather forecast, the board has decided to postpone the All Tackle tournament. The tournament has been tentatively rescheduled.

“The forecast, from, said winds would be northeast 15 to 20 knots, seas would be moderate to rough with wave heights of four to six feet and a small craft advisory would be in effect.”

Fishing action is still slated to take place on Grand Cayman waters. The Barcadere Marina in George Town will serve as the weigh station for both tournament days from 4pm to 6pm.

Fisherman can still 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.

Last year’s tournament saw Leon Dilbert, fishing aboard Miss Nyha with Joel Francis, produce 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 14.5lb catch.

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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