Dolphin lovers should be rejoicing.
The third annual Kirk Slam fishing tournament is slated for this weekend, 13 and 14 April. The all-dolphin competition, sanctioned by the Cayman Islands Angling Club, has some $8,000 on offer.
The heaviest dolphin earns a $5,000 cash prize, with second place taking home $2,000 and third place nabbing $1,000.
Fishing hours are from 6am to 4pm each day with the Barcadere Marina serving as the weigh station. Anglers will weigh in on Saturday and Sunday from 4 to 6pm.
A number of anglers did well in 2012. John and Tom Sperandeo, a father-son tandem, were the overall winners by nabbing 129.4 pounds of dolphin aboard Reel Crazy II. They would finish ahead of 2011 top fishermen Eric Rivers, Jenny Elvidge, John Lawrus and new recruit Karen Vulcani of Liquor Box, who produced 77 pounds.
John Sperandeo, a teenager, would be named the top junior angler for his 21.6-pound catch. The heaviest fish was Al Parsons’ 39.2-pound whopper aboard Ragga Muffin. Melissa Rewalt, on Lackamulah, was the top lady angler with a 36.2-pound catch. In all, 50 boats and 192 anglers registered with three boats trying their luck in Cayman Brac.
By comparison, the 2011 tournament attracted 55 boats and 228 anglers, with four crews fishing in the Brac. Julian Lee and his High Maintenance Crew had a 56 pound, one ounce dolphin while the crew of Jah Bless, featuring angler Cachas “Super C” Stewart, would reel in a 34.1-pound catch.
The Kirk Slam is known for offering plenty of activity around the weigh station. Last year, fishermen sold their catches to Kirk Group for about $8 per pound while chefs grilled mahi-mahi on the premises.
Registration for the 2013 Kirk Slam took place on Thursday at the George Town Yacht Club. The awards ceremony is slated for Tuesday, 16 April, at 7pm at the yacht club.