Ebanks is a reel Knotty Buoy with big tuna at Brac Jackpot

As local fishing prepares for its biggest event, Sister Islands action is in focus. 

In particular, Cayman Brac, which saw a bevy of sizeable fish caught at the 2014 Brac Jackpot fishing tournament. Put on by the Cayman Islands Angling Club, the competition attracted 21 competing boats with 19 of them trying their luck over in the Sister Islands. 

Randy Ebanks, aboard Knotty Buoy, had the heaviest eligible catch with a 72.2-pound yellowfin tuna. Kendall Massias of White Foam won the Lawford Tatum Memorial prize for the heaviest dolphin caught in the Sister Islands with a 25-pound fish. Larry Cayasso of Kirk Clipper had the biggest wahoo at 38.4 pounds. Kodie Scott of Nuff Badness was second in the wahoo class at 34.2 pounds and Richard Jacobs of Knotty Buoy was third at 33 pounds. 

John Alban of Blue Diamond nabbed the heaviest dolphin at 30.4 pounds. Massias was second overall with his fish and Sidney Ebanks of Can Do was third at 23.2 pounds. Ebanks topped the tuna class ahead of fellow Knotty Buoy crew member Richard Jacobs, whose catch weighed in at 71.6 pounds. Dean Walton of Good and Tight was third at 63 pounds. 

Samara Persaud of Miss Nicole was the lady angler with the heaviest eligible fish, namely a 59.8-pound tuna. The junior angler award was jointly claimed by Cassandra MacDowell and Andrew Cayasso. 

News of the Brac Jackpot comes ahead of the annual Cayman Islands International Fishing Tournament from May 29 to June 1. Tournament registration starts on May 26 in Cayman Brac with the kick-off party taking place on May 27 at the George Town Yacht Club.  

There is a registration fee of $500 for boats with up to four anglers. The Barcadere Marina and the Carib Sands Dock in the Brac will serve as weigh stations. The awards ceremony is June 3 at the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort. 


Samara Persaud is no stranger to big tuna catches. – PHOTO: MATTHEW YATES

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