Cameron Ebanks had plenty of luck in the Sister Islands.
Ebanks had the heaviest fish, a 76.2-pound yellowfin tuna, during the annual Cayman Brac Jackpot fishing tournament last weekend. He took home US$5,500 for the biggest fish caught in the Sister Islands and for having the largest tuna.
Ben Brooks caught a tuna weighing 67.7 pounds while Bruce Bush had a 60.4-pound catch. The fishermen walked away with US$750 and US$500, respectively. Brooks would go on to earn an extra US$1,000 for completing the grand slam as he landed a 17.2-pound dolphin and a 23.4-pound wahoo to go with his tuna.
Billy Pennington earned the Lawford Tatum Memorial prize and US$3,000 for reeling in a 31.2-pound dolphin, the tournament’s biggest dorado, in the Sister Islands. The runners-up were Ian Pairaudeau, at 31 pounds, and Michael Rivers, at 28.8 pounds. They earned US$750 and US$500, respectively.
Daniel Kirkconnell had the biggest wahoo at 45.2 pounds, good enough for US$1,500. Charles Ebanks Jr had a 27.8-pound catch and Christopher Kirkconnell followed with a 26.6-pound wahoo and they took home US$750 and US$500, respectively.
Samara Persaud won US$500 as the top lady angler prize for catching a 48.2-pound tuna. Ebanks Jr earned the top junior angler prize of US$500 for a 38.6-pound tuna.
In all, 24 fishing crews took part in the Brac Jackpot with 22 boats journeying to Cayman Brac. There were 36 dolphin, 14 wahoo and nine tuna catches made, along with two marlin releases.
The tournament sponsors were: Cayman Brac Power and Light, Cayman National Bank, CICO, Ernst and Young, Flowers, Gerry Kirkconnell, Home Gas, Jude Scott, Kirk Marine, LIME, Moses Kirkconnell, Paramont Carpets, Parkers, Scott Marine, The Alexander Hotel, Tortuga Rum Company, West End Texaco and Weststar TV.
News of the Jackpot comes after the year’s biggest competition, the 2013 Cayman Islands International Fishing Tournament. Al Parsons had the biggest fish in a 73.3-pound tuna.