Local fishing hopes to end the year with big catches.
The Cayman Islands Angling Club will be putting on its final competition for 2014, the Cayman First Insurance All Tackle fishing tournament, next month. The Barcadere Marina is expected to see weigh-ins on Nov. 22-23, with more than US$10,000 in prizes on offer.
This year’s tournament hopes to improve on last year’s offering, which donated more than $600 to the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre from funds collected at the 2013 prizegiving ceremony through the auctioning of Carey Chen artwork. 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.
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’s 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.