Jimmy Nelson helps publicize Cayman Islands fishing


A Floridian fishing celebrity intends to continue promoting the Cayman Islands. 

Jimmy Nelson was here for the Cayman First Insurance All Tackle fishing tournament last weekend. Sanctioned by the Cayman Islands Angling Club, the competition served as the final fishing competition for the 2014 season. Nelson, 35, played an active role as he fished with a local crew and filmed his experiences. He says Cayman will enjoy publicity for years to come. 

“We’ll be doing at least three TV shows a year here,” Nelson said. “We try to get an article out of every trip that we make here. Is that something that will continue as the years go on? Oh yeah, absolutely, for sure.” 

Nelson has been to Cayman on several occasions and is a television show host on American TV. He wrote an article for last month’s edition of Gaff Life magazine, which detailed a weekend fishing trip to Cayman from Florida. Nelson noted that he fished in Cayman Brac and caught a 40-pound yellowfin tuna, he reeled in tarpon in Little Cayman, and hauled in 70-pound tunas – along with a white marlin release – in Grand Cayman waters.  

The Floridian credits Jeff MacDowell of CaribSands Beach Resort, Brac Scuba Shack, Neil Van Niekerk and Chris Gough of Southern Cross Club, Gary Rutty and Chris Briggs for a successful sojourn. 

Nelson has now been to three tournaments in Cayman this year. The others were the season-opening Barcadere Classic in March and the Cayman Islands International Fishing Tournament in May. 

Nelson says the impressive results seen in the tournament speak to a wealth of fishing adventures available in Cayman as opposed to the United States. 

“It was a great time of year for wahoo and tuna. It was a little rough out there but we still got a few in. It seems everyone else got a few in as well. The yellowfin tuna and wahoo fishing, the marlins, we don’t get any of that in Florida as you do here. It’s far and few in between to fish like this in Florida, it’s completely different fishery.” 


Jimmy Nelson will be a regular face here for years to come. – PHOTO: MATTHEW YATES

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