The 10th annual Rooster Shootout hopes to attract fishermen with its numerous awards.
The fishing tournament, to be held Oct. 4-6, features more than US$25,000 in cash and prizes in numerous categories as anglers hunt wahoo, dolphin, yellowfin tuna and marlin. In years past, the Rooster Radio 101 event was held in March but has now been moved to October to coincide with the beginning of wahoo season.
A popular element introduced at the 2011 tournament, the District Cup, will again be up for grabs. This category rewards the Cayman district that earns the most points from their top three scoring boats. George Town has proven to be the home of the winning team the first two years.
Other award categories this year include: individual prizes for top weight wahoo, dolphin and tuna; heaviest combined weight per angler; top lady angler; rookie boat of the year; and the elusive Grand Whopper sponsored by Burger King. Kirk Freeport will again sponsor the Captain’s Prize for the heaviest combined weight per boat.
Harbour House Marina is host of the tournament for the second consecutive year. The competition will kick off with a Bimini start on Friday, Oct. 4 at 8:30 a.m. Each afternoon anglers will return to Harbour House for a weigh-in of their day’s catch.
The venue’s North Sound location was convenient, comfortable and welcoming to returning fishermen last year. To duplicate those sentiments, the marina chandlery will be open with ice, fuel and sundries and a mechanic will be on site each day to assist boats that may need a repair before heading back out.
The 2012 tournament saw the emergence of the Blue Diamond crew. Captained by Chris Kirkconnell, Blue Diamond took home over US$10,000 in prize money. They were closely followed by Strike Force, captained by Chris Briggs, who won the captain’s prize, the jack pot and top scoring boat for George Town.
Registration this year is on Wednesday, Oct. 2 starting at 6 p.m. at Guy Harvey’s Grill. This year’s sponsors include: Harbour House Marina, Kirk Freeport/Kirk Market, Beaches restaurant, Al La Kebab, Rossborough C.I. Ltd, Watler’s Metal Products, Reflections, Yamaha, Bob Watler Development, Burger King, Guy Harvey’s restaurant and bar.
This year’s awards banquet has been moved to Saturday, Oct. 12 at Beaches in Grand Harbour. That fact is pleasing to Rooster sales manager Cheryl Birch.
“Guy Harvey’s Grill provides an ideal backdrop for preparing this year’s event and reminiscing about past tournaments,” Birch said. “Moving the banquet to Saturday night gives us the flexibility to make a full evening of it, starting with dinner at 7 p.m., followed by the awards presentation and other entertainment as the anglers continue to tell their latest fishing tales.”