Local fishermen can soon leap back into action.
Registration for the 10th annual Rooster Shootout takes place at 6 p.m. on Wednesday at Guy Harvey’s Grill. The tournament is slated for this weekend, Friday through Sunday, with daily weigh-ins at Harbour House Marina.
More than US$25,000 in cash and prizes will be on offer as anglers hunt wahoo, dolphin, yellowfin tuna and marlin. In years past, the Rooster Radio 101 event was held in March. But the event 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 serves as tournament host for the second consecutive year. The competition will kick off with a Bimini start at 8:30 a.m. on Friday. Daily weigh-ins at Harbour House will have added fanfare as prizes will be given out to the public 4-6 p.m. with a cash bar and Al La Ke-Vroom on site.
The venue’s North Sound location was convenient 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. Among those hoping for favorable fishing conditions are 2012 winners Blue Diamond, captained by Chris Kirkconnell and Strike Force, captained by Chris Briggs.
The awards banquet is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 12 at Beaches in Grand Harbour.