Local fishing gave fresh support to a Cayman-based organization.
The Cayman Islands Angling Club donated over $600 to the Cayman Islands Crisis Center after its recent Cayman First Insurance All Tackle fishing tournament. The funds were collected at the prizegiving for the competition through the auctioning of Carey Chen artwork.
The All Tackle competition served as Cayman’s final fishing tournament of the year and had over US$12,000 in prizes on offer. Tansy Maki of Hog Heaven, which featured celebrity angler Charles Ebanks and Tobias Marquardt as crew members, had the tournament’s biggest fish in the form of a 86-pound yellowfin tuna. Leon Dilbert of Dolphin King was second at 76 pounds and Jimmy Nelson of Strikeforce was third at 51.9 pounds. Nelson is the TV show host of Gaff Life and was visiting Cayman to compete in the tournament.
Maki said she enjoyed competing in the tournament.
“It went well, everyone had a good time and the sponsors did a great job,” Maki said. “It was truly a great weekend, lots of fun. It’s always a great experience being out on the water, we were drifting for tuna and the current was quite strong and it was a bit choppy to say the least, but the fish were biting.”
Justin Ebanks and the Blue Moon dominated the dolphin category. Ebanks had the heaviest and second heaviest catches, weighing in at 37 and 28.5 pounds, respectively. Ebanks would top the wahoo ranks with a 29.7-pound catch. Stephen Ebanks of Who’s Ya Daddy was second with a 26.1-pound fish and Chester Hurlston of Knotty Buoy was third with a 24.2-pound fish.
The Jackpot was split into two groups. In the first segment, Hurlston’s catch topped the wahoo ranks, Maki’s fish and crew mate Marquardt’s 50.5-pound catch topped the tuna ranks and Justin Ebanks’ dolphin lead the way. In the second division, Justin Ebanks topped the wahoo ranks with a 29.7-pound catch and his 28.5-pound dolphin was unbeatable and the tuna ranks were led by Charles Ebanks with his 38.4-pound catch and Samara Persaud, who landed a 36.4-pound fish.
Carey Chen artwork was handed out for a number of categories. Josh Ebanks of Knotty Buoy had the most blue marlin releases. Blue Moon won the boat grand slam prize for their 32.1-pound tuna, 29.7-pound wahoo and 37-pound dolphin. Maki was the top lady angler and Darren Kelly weighed a 33.4-pound tuna to claim the junior angler prize.
Those 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.