Bruce Bush has bragging rights and some extra cash thanks to a big catch.
Bush, aboard Cut N Rum, hooked a 79.4-pound wahoo off Pickle Bank in the 2013 Barcadere Classic last weekend. It was the biggest fish of the tournament – Cayman’s first of the year – and earned Bush $6,000.
It was well off the local record, which stands at 146 pounds, 2 ounces, set by Elvet Conolly in 2007. Breaking the record would have earned Bush an extra $10,000.
Samara Persaud on Miss Nicole landed the second heaviest wahoo, at 59.6 pounds, off Pickle and took home $3,000. In third was Stephen Ebanks on Who’s Ur Daddy with a 49.9-pound catch, around Grand Cayman waters, that earned him $1,000.
Vaughan Smith weighed many fish at the Barcadere Marina, but his 60.1-pound yellowfin tuna, caught off Pickle, proved to be the heaviest. For his efforts, the Miss Nicole crew member took home $2,000.
The second heaviest tuna belonged to Desle Francis of Ms Nyah, who nabbed a 55.8-pound catch off Pickle to take home $1,000. While he did not take home a prize, props should still be given to Emil Terry of Disco Fever. He nabbed a 46.6-pound tuna off Pickle.
Andrew Ward of Outrageous ran into good luck in the dolphin category. With no other catches in the tournament, his tiny 16.4-pound fish caught around Grand Cayman earned him $2,000.
Thanks to Smith and Persaud, Miss Nicole had 277 pounds of fish over the tournament’s two days and earned a $500 fuel voucher from Scott’s Landing for the boat with the most cumulative weight.
Leon Dilbert of Ragah Bruddah had the event’s lone blue marlin release and received Guy Harvey artwork. Persaud’s catch made her the top female angler and resulted in a free spa treatment.
The next fishing competition sanctioned by the Cayman Islands Angling Club will be the Rooster Shootout between 8 and 10 March.