Franklin expects more catches

One of the surprising parts of the recent Barcadere Classic was the lack of dolphin. 

Only one catch made weight in a fishing tournament that saw loads of yellowfin tuna and wahoo. Cayman Islands Angling Club President Franklin Thompson expects that to change for the upcoming Rooster Shootout event. 

“I expect the Rooster Shootout will also have a high number of registered boats and anglers,” Thompson said. “The shootout should produce some excellent dolphin and tuna catches.” 

The Rooster Shootout takes place between 8 and 10 March. The 2012 edition saw more than 130 anglers reel in 27 tunas and seven dolphin, with Albert McLean reeling in a 72.8-pound tuna on Too Lucky. 

This month’s Barcadere Classic attracted 28 boats and more than 100 anglers. Andrew Ward of Outrageous had all the 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. 

Bruce Bush of Cut N Rum earned all the accolades with a 79.4-pound wahoo, the tournament’s biggest catch, which resulted in $6,000. Samara Persaud on Miss Nicole landed the second heaviest wahoo, at 59.6 pounds, and took home $3,000. In third was Stephen Ebanks on Who’s Ur Daddy with a 49.9-pound catch that earned him $1,000. 

One angler hoping for more fish next month is Craig Nixon. He caught a 30.6-pound wahoo off the northeast corner of 12 Mile Bank on Way To Go, with captain Wayne Kirkconnell and crew members Tom Kirkconnell and Matthew Leggett. 

Nixon said the crew is looking to take home more than $200 in the Rooster Shootout. 

“I only sell my fish to chef Thomas Tennant at Michael’s Genuine for a minimum of $6 per pound,” Nixon said. “Chef Thomas understands that our local fish is way fresher than any other supplier. 

“The tournament was truly first class and with the new George Town Yacht Club as the home, Cayman now really has a facility that stands out in the Caribbean,” he added. “Hopefully, the international tournament will attract more visiting boats to participate.” 

Vaughan Smith weighed many fish at the Barcadere Marina and his 60.1-pound tuna proved to be the heaviest. For his efforts, the Miss Nicole crew member took home $2,000. 

Desle Francis of Ms Nyah had the second heaviest tuna with a 55.8-pound catch that earned $1,000. While he did not take home a prize, props should still be given to Emil Terry of Disco Fever, who caught a 46.6-pound tuna. 

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. 

Thompson states aside from the Rooster tournament, locals can look for more fishing shows featuring Cayman. 

“Gaff Life will be on Island 25 February to 4 March filming a fishing show which will air on NBC Sports in 2014,” he said. “Additionally, George Poveromo will return to Cayman in May 2013 to film his second fishing show in Cayman.” 

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