Big dolphin catches bode well for busy month at sea

Local fishing is hitting its high point. 

A pair of tournaments are taking place around the Cayman Islands this month that will offer plenty of cash prizes. First up on the Cayman Islands Angling Club calendar is the Brac Jackpot on May 16-18. Over US$10,000 is on tap for large fish nabbed in the Sister Islands, the heaviest wahoo, dolphin and yellowfin tuna catches and the top junior and female anglers.  

Tournament registration is on May 15, 6-7:30 p.m., at Captain’s Table in Cayman Brac and the Barcadere Marina in George Town. Carib Sands dock in the Brac and the Barcadere will serve as weigh stations on each day of the competition from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. The awards ceremony is set for May 18 at 7:30 p.m. at The Alexander Hotel in the Brac. 

After that comes the year’s biggest event, the annual Cayman Islands International Fishing Tournament from May 29 to June 1. In the past, the competition has issued more than US$100,000 in prizes and attracted anglers from across the globe from locales like Serbia and Africa. 

Both events are coming after the 2014 Kirk Slam all-dolphin tournament. Sir Peanut – consisting of Gary Rutty, Angel Rutty, Nancy Siegel, Gannon Rutty and Raegan Rutty – was the top boat with 147.5 pounds of fish. The crew’s biggest individual fish, 37.6lbs, was caught by Siegel. Reel Crazy 2 – featuring Jack Hunter, Tom Sperandeo, Jakarta Hunter and Jimmy Germana – were the runners-up with 137.8lbs and Jack Hunter had the tournament’s biggest single catch at 43.1lbs. 

The I and I crew of Waylon Bush, Daniel Stewart Jr. and Douglas Ebanks were third at 128.9lbs as Bush produced the biggest fish at 39.8lbs. In all, there were 41 boats and over 160 anglers in the competition, along with six billfish releases. 

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Gary Rutty had plenty of nice dolphin. – PHOTOS: MATTHEW YATES
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