Anglers will prep for All Tackle

The Cayman Islands is about to see its final fishing tournament for the year.

The Cayman First Insurance All Tackle competition takes place this weekend, Saturday, Nov. 30 and Sunday, Dec. 1. The Barcadere Marina will serve as the weigh station each day from 4 to 6 p.m. 

More than US$12,000 in prizes is on offer. The heaviest wahoo and yellowfin tuna catches take home $2,500 each, with the runners-up in both species earning $1,500 and third place for each category nabs $1,000. The biggest dolphin commands $1,000, the second heaviest earns $500, and third place claims a fishing tackle. Carey Chen artwork goes to the angler with the most blue marlin releases and the boat having the heaviest grand slam catches. 

The two heaviest fish caught by junior anglers results in a rod and reel combo and artwork, while the lady angler with the biggest catch earns a spa treatment and artwork. There are additional prizes for record-breaking fish. A whopping $20,000 is on offer for smashing either Cayman’s wahoo or tuna record, with $10,000 available for toppling the dolphin record. 

Adding to the excitement will be the presence of Capt. Jimmy Nelson as an observer and competitor. Nelson is the host of the “GAFF Life” fishing show, which airs on NBC Sports. Nelson and crew will be taking photos and producing an article on the tournament, which will be published in the February 2014 edition of GAFF magazine. 

Focus will also be on topping last year’s performances. 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. 

News of the All Tackle tournament comes after the 10th annual Rooster Shootout fishing tournament last month. Stu Forster and Jarrett Nicholson of Tuna Monster nabbed a 72.5 pound tuna, Vince Ramgeet of Fish-a-Holic had a 65.9-pound tuna and Randy Ebanks of Knotty Buoy had the heaviest wahoo at 57.5 pounds. 

The All Tackle tournament sees an entry fee of $250 per boat, for up to four anglers. Junior anglers can compete for free. The jackpot entry fee is $200. Registration is on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 7-9 p.m. at George Town Yacht Club. The awards ceremony is on Monday, Dec. 2, from 7 p.m. at the yacht club. 

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Stu Forster and Jarrett Nicholson hoisted up a heavy tuna. – PHOTOS: MATTHEW YATES