Local fishing is turning its attention to big night-time catches.
The 2014 Cayman Swordfish Challenge takes place this weekend, April 11-13, around Cayman waters. The action begins on Friday night, with Saturday and Sunday seeing fishing hours from noon until midnight. The Barcadere Marina and Carib Sands dock in Cayman Brac will serve as the weigh stations.
The team event – which features a captain and at least one angler per boat – sees over $20,000 in cash prizes. The heaviest total weight, for one or two fish, fetches $5,000 while the second heaviest earns $3,000 and the third heaviest takes home $2,000. The most releases each night nabs $2,000. There is an extra $2,000 for the boat with the most weight each evening. The single biggest swordfish caught in Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac earns $1,000 each.
Last year’s competition featured nine boats and 35 anglers catching 10 fish. The catches averaged about 100 pounds. Disco Fever – Jonathan Doak, Emil Terry, Mark Soto, Edroy Ebanks and Jonathan Ebanks – had the heaviest total weight of 299.5lbs. More Time – Thom Guyton, Jack Hunter, Patrick Weekly and Dave Lockhart – were second at 199.6lbs and Another Scotch and Soda – Joel Slutsky, Brian Phelps and Mark Tomkins – were third at 122.2lbs.
Another major fishing tournament is coming up in two weeks in the form of the Kirk Slam. The primarily all-dolphin competition is slated for April 26-27.