Swordfish will be first challenge

Swordfish figure to be in focus for the next sportfishing season. 

The Cayman Islands Angling Club has announced a tentative list of 2015 fishing tournaments. The Cayman Swordfish Challenge is named as the first event of the year, slated for March 27-29. Five other competitions are mentioned: the Cayman Islands International Fishing Tournament on April 16-19, the Kirk Slam on May 2-3, the Brac Jackpot on May 15-17, the angling club junior event on Sept. 26 and the Cayman First Insurance All Tackle on Nov. 28-29. 

News of next year’s offerings come ahead of the 2014 All Tackle tournament on Nov. 22-23. The club’s final competition this season is expected to see weigh-ins at the Barcadere Marina with over $10,000 in prizes on offer. 

Last year’s event saw a number of big catches. Tansy Maki of Hog Heaven, which featured celebrity angler Charles Ebanks and Tobias Marquardt as crew members, had the tournament’s biggest fish with an 86-pound yellowfin tuna. Leon Dilbert of Dolphin King was second at 76 pounds and Jimmy Nelson – from an American TV show – of Strikeforce was third at 51.9 pounds. 

Justin Ebanks and the Blue Moon crew 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. 

Other notable catches included Samara Persaud’s 36.4-pound tuna, Darren Kelly weighing a 33.4-pound tuna to claim the junior angler prize and Josh Ebanks of Knotty Buoy having the most blue marlin releases.  

Over the weekend, the angling club also played host to fishing celebrity Tred Barta. A resident of Islamorada, Florida, Barta was here to promote local fishing and compose articles for media outlets like the Big Game Fishing Journal and Sports Illustrated. Barta, 62, is a noted angler, writer, philanthropist and television personality. 

Swordfish

Anglers like Charles Ebanks, Curtis White and Adrian Briggs have caught huge swordfish in recent years.

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