The Rooster Shootout hopes to reel in local anglers.
After being postponed earlier this year, the tournament will look to re-energize fishing in the Cayman Islands between Oct. 4-6. The competition, in its 10th year, will see fish weighed at Harbour House Marina each day between 4 and 6 p.m. More than $25,000 in prizes are on offer with an awards banquet planned for 7 p.m. on Oct. 12 at Red Snapper (formerly Brickhouse) in Grand Harbour.
Registration is slated for 6 p.m. on Oct. 2 at Guy Harvey’s restaurant. Sanctioned by the Cayman Islands Angling Club, the local governing body for game fishing, the Rooster Shootout figures to be the final tournament this year.
The 2012 edition saw more than 130 anglers on 33 boats reel in 27 yellowfin tunas, 25 wahoo and seven dolphin. Additionally, nine blue marlin and three white marlin were caught and released. Albert McLean had the biggest single catch in a 72.8-pound tuna on Too Lucky.
Other big winners included the Blue Diamond crew, which saw captain Chris Kirkconnell catch the tournament’s largest wahoo at 47.6 pounds and Jordan Hartmann reel in a 38.2-pound dolphin. Katrina Ebanks was the top female angler with a 62.5-pound tuna and three released marlins.