Local fishing will start the New Year with a new tournament.
The Cayman Islands Angling Club has finalized its 2015 schedule of fishing tournaments. Leading things off will be the Harbor House Wahoo Shootout, slated for Feb. 7-8. Harbour House Marina is no stranger to anglers, having hosted the Rooster Shootout in years past.
Focus will then shift to the Barcadere Classic, scheduled for March 7-8 (with March 14-15 listed as emergency dates in case of inclement weather). The 2014 event, which started this year’s sportfishing season, featured three big catches – a 58.9-pound yellowfin tuna caught by Carolyn Paffenroth on C Money, a 56.5-pound wahoo by Denise Begg-Smith on SeaBird and a 46.8-pound dolphin by Josh Ebanks on Knotty Buoy.
In all, the angling club will be staging eight tournaments next year. The other competitions are: the Cayman Swordfish Challenge on March 27-29, 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.
Local anglers closed out the 2014 season by competing in the Cayman First Insurance All Tackle event last month.
A number of big catches were seen as Craig Janeck of Tunacious had the tournament’s biggest fish and the heaviest yellowfin tuna with a 86.8-pound catch. Allan Kerr and the Scotch Bonnet crew had the second and third heaviest tunas, which weighed in at 59.4 and 57.6 pounds. Scotch Bonnet crew member Justin Thompson grabbed the heaviest wahoo at 47.6 pounds.
Nick Jones of Chasin’ Broads had the second heaviest wahoo at 44.5 pounds and Clayton Ebanks of Who’s Your Daddy was third at 43 pounds. Samara Persaud of Liquor Box was the top female angler for landing the heaviest dolphin at 30.5 pounds. Trent Riggins of Anna Maria was second at 16.2 pounds and Cameron Ebanks of Who’s Your Daddy was third at 12.8 pounds. Tobias Marquardt of Days Dream had the most marlin releases. The competition attracted fishing celebrities Carey Chen and Capt. Jimmy Nelson.