George Town Yacht Club will reel anglers in to Barcadere

Competitive angling is putting out its first line for 2013.

The Cayman Islands Angling Club will be staging its annual general meeting this Saturday, 2 February, at 7pm. The newly-built George Town Yacht Club at the Barcadere Marina will serve as the venue.

Franklin Thompson serves as angling club president. Donal Burns is vice president, Heather D. Bodden is secretary and James G. Ebanks is treasurer. The other executive committee members are Len Layman and Clive Smith.

News of the meeting comes ahead of the year’s first fishing tournament, the Barcadere Classic. Slated for 9 and 10 February, the event offers numerous prizes.

Wahoo is the featured species, with $6,000 on offer for the heaviest catch and an extra $10,000 for the fish that breaks the local record. The existing record is 146 pounds, 2 ounces and was set by Elvet Conolly on a 130-pound test rod in 2007.

This year’s second heaviest wahoo earns $3,000 and the third heaviest nabs $1,000. The top two dolphin and yellowfin tuna catches earn $2,000 and $1,000. The boat with the most cumulative weight over the two fishing days gets a $500 fuel voucher/gift from Scott’s Landing. The heaviest fish each day results in Costa sunglasses and a voucher from Scott Marine.

Guy Harvey artwork is awarded for the most marlin releases. The top female angler gets a free spa treatment and the best junior angler receives a rod and reel combination. A raffle is on offer with the first prize being two tickets to any Cayman Airways destination, while a Samsung Galaxy phone is the second prize.

The 2013 Barcadere Classic is in support of the Guy Harvey Foundation and offers registration next Friday, 7 February, at the George Town Yacht Club at 7pm. There is a fee of $300 for each team of four anglers.