April is a busy month for local fishermen.
A trio of tournaments are being planned by the Cayman Islands Angling Club, in the Kirk Slam, Cayman Swordfish Challenge and the 2013 Cayman Islands International Fishing Tournament.
The Kirk Slam was slated to take place over the weekend, with attention now shifting to the Swordfish Challenge on 19-20 April. Some $20,000 in cash prizes is on offer, with the heaviest total weight of fish earning $5,000. The second heaviest gets $3,000 and the third heaviest takes home $2,000.
There are also for prizes for catches each day. The most releases on either Friday or Saturday evening earns $2,000 and the heaviest total weight of fish either day nabs $2,000. There is also $1,000 on offer for the single heaviest swordfish caught in Grand Cayman and $1,000 for the single biggest fish in Cayman Brac.
Emil Terry, aboard Disco Fever, and Brevon Elliott of Silver Fox were among the notable competitors last year.
The international tournament, in its 16th year, is slated for 25-28 April, with registration happening next Tuesday, 23 April. The awards ceremony is scheduled for 30 April. Some $200,000 in prizes is slated to be on offer.
In 2012, Arthlee Evans had the biggest catch in the form of a 68.8 pound yellowfin tuna on Brasserie. Gary Rutty’s Still Chasin crew, featuring angler Adrian Ebanks, had a 44.6 pound dolphin, which was matched by Douglas Ebanks, crime fighter Edward Azan and the Blue Moon gang. Perla Hatch produced a 42.2 pound wahoo on Down The Hatch, captained by Brian Phelps.