Local anglers will be heading offshore in droves chasing big catches.
The 17th annual Cayman Islands International Fishing Tournament is taking place this week. The action gets under way in earnest with the Bimini start on May 29 at 7:30 a.m. Boats in Grand Cayman will be led out of the George Town harbour by lead boat C Money while Can Do paces anglers in Cayman Brac by the South Side channel.
Fishing takes place from May 29 to June 1 between 6:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. each day. The Barcadere Marina and the Carib Sands Dock in the Brac will serve as weigh stations daily from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Over US$200,000 in prizes is on offer and the awards ceremony is June 3 from 7 p.m. at the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort. An auction of Carey Chen and Guy Harvey artwork is planned for the evening with proceeds going towards the Cayman Islands Crisis Center.
At sea, fishermen will be looking to surpass last year’s top catches. Al Parsons topped the scales with a competition-best 73.3-pound yellowfin tuna he caught with the Strike Force crew, which included brothers Rob and Nicholas Jones as well as Chris Briggs and Rob Bouliane. Parsons took home some US$8,300 for his efforts. Cory Josack of Strokin had the second heaviest tuna at 61.2 pounds and earned US$4,300 as the top overseas angler. Tansy Maki of Hog Heaven had a 57.8-pound tuna to take home US$1,000, while Yuya Ki of Sea Bird had a 57-pound catch to earn a Finor Rod and Reel Combo.
For boats 26 feet and under, Shelly Ware of Disco Fever had a 54.4-pound tuna and beat out the 49-pound catch of Patrick Evans of Brasserie Catch.
Adroy Ebanks of Still Chasin had the tournament’s biggest dolphin at 46.3 pounds, earning US$6,000. Sydney Ebanks of Can Do was second with a 44.6-pound catch, earning US$3,000 and Keith Strang of Bahari was third at 42.3 pounds, good enough for US$1,000. Joshua Burke of Can Do placed fourth with a 39.8-pound dolphin.
Edward Azan of Blue Moon had a 38.2-pound dolphin, the biggest for boats 26 feet and under and he earned US$2,000. Kenny Ryan of Outrage was second at 37.8 pounds.
Justin Ebanks of Blue Moon had two wahoos, weighing 37.4 pounds and 37 pounds, respectively, that topped both classes and earned him US$11,000. Harriet Ebanks of Run Things III had a 36.7-pound catch that earned US$1,000. Adroy Ebanks of Still Chasin had a 36.1-pound catch.