Franklin loved 2012 hook ups

Competitive angling is one of many local sports hoping for a productive New Year.

As 2013 approaches, Cayman Islands Angling Club President Franklin Thompson states the goal is to capitalize on the enthusiasm seen this year.

“This year’s tournaments have been very exciting and have attracted anglers from all over the world,” Thompson said. “We hope to attract more overseas anglers to our tournaments next year and look forward to working with partners such as the Department of Tourism on this goal.”

Local fishing saw some seven major tournaments in 2012, with the last one being the All Tackle event earlier this month. The Sea Bird crew, featuring captain Kevin Wall and angler Jason Begg-Smith, had the heaviest catch in the form of a 40.7 pound wahoo.

This year’s other major catches were a 93.5lb yellowfin tuna in the Barcadere Classic from Waylon Bush of I and I; a 72.8lb tuna in the Rooster Shootout from Albert McLean on Too Lucky; a 39.2lb dolphin caught by Al Parsons, aboard Ragga Muffin, during the Kirk Slam; a 68.8lb tuna caught by Arthlee Evans on Brasserie during the Cayman Islands International Fishing Tournament and a 63.2lb tuna from Arthlee Ebanks in the Cayman Brac Jackpot.

All of those catches bode well heading into the next tournament, the Barcadere Classic on 9-10 February. The tentative schedule for 2013 sees the Roster Shootout on 8-10 March, the Kirk Slam on 13-14 April, the swordfish competition on 19-20 April, the international tournament on 25-28 April and the Brac Jackpot on 17-19 May.

Thompson states Cayman fishing will get added recognition in the New Year.

“The next tournament is the Barcadere Classic and is scheduled for early February. I’d also like to add that Sport Fishing Television filmed a fishing show in Cayman this past June. The show will air on NBC Sports in early 2013.”

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