Charles Ebanks may have the nickname ‘small fish killer’ but his latest catch was far from tiny.
Ebanks was part of the winning crew for the Cayman First Insurance All Tackle fishing tournament over the weekend. Alongside Tansy Maki and Tobias Marquardt, the group would nab many yellowfin tuna including a 86-pound fish. For their efforts, the crew took home over $2,500 for the heaviest tuna.
A number of anglers competed and made weight at the Barcadere Marina. The Blue Moon crew of Douglas Ebanks, Justin Ebanks and Edward Azan were in contention for the heaviest dolphin prize. The Who’s Your Daddy crew of Matthew Leggett, Stephen Ebanks and Nicholas Powery had a large wahoo. The Knotty Buoy contingent, featuring Dwayne Lee and Joshua Ebanks, weighed a few large tunas; as did Joel Francis and his crew.
The competition, Cayman’s final fishing tournament of the year, had over US$12,000 in prizes on offer. Significant crowds attended the weigh station each day, with Cayman First business manager Kahlil Strachan among the spectators.
By most accounts, this year’s catches outdid the 2012 tournament which featured Kevin Wall of Sea Bird sporting the biggest catch in the form of a 40.7-pound wahoo. Azzan Sherieff nabbed the heaviest dolphin at 24 pounds aboard Lady Luck 2 and Albert McLean of Domino Effect caught the heaviest tuna at 34.9 pounds.
Heading into last weekend, there was talk of postponing the tournament due to inclement weather. Cayman Islands Angling Club president Franklin Thompson said in passing that the decision was made to go on as scheduled to capitalize on the latest full moon; which came on Monday. Thompson went on to say fish are generally plentiful near a full moon and is one of many factors, such as the changing of the tides and sea temperatures, to consider when big-game fishing.