Anglers brace for more catches

Fishermen in the Cayman Islands will have two chances to nab large fish and big prizes.

The Cayman Islands Angling Club recently confirmed it is sanctioning two tournaments to close out the year in the 10th annual Rooster Shootout this weekend, Friday through Sunday and the All Tackle Tournament, scheduled for Nov. 30 to Dec. 1.

The Rooster Shootout sees daily weigh-ins between 4 and 6 p.m. at the Harbour House Marina with anglers chasing more than US$25,000 in cash and prizes for reeling in 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 Bimini start gets the competition going at 8:30 a.m. on Friday.

Aside from fish being weighed, Harbor House spectators can look out for a cash bar, Al La Ke-Vroom and an open marina chandlery offering ice, fuel, sundries and a mechanic each day for competing boats.

Last year, the Blue Diamond crew, captained by Chris Kirkconnell, took home more than 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 were the top scoring boat for George Town.

This year’s awards banquet is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 12, at Beaches in Grand Harbour.

The All Tackle event will be the last fishing tournament during 2013. The angling club will hope to replicate last year’s showing when 16 boats registered to compete and anglers weighed in three dolphin, 17 tunas and 30 wahoo over two days. Azzan Sherieff nabbed the heaviest dolphin at 24 pounds aboard Lady Luck 2, Albert McLean of Domino Effect caught the heaviest tuna at 34.9 pounds and Kevin Wall of Sea Bird had the biggest wahoo at 40.7 pounds.