A total of 31 boats and more than 100 registered anglers took part in the 2016 Cayman Brac Jackpot fishing tournament over the recent Discovery Day long weekend.
The contest, held from May 13 to 15, saw 28 boats fishing around the Sister Islands, reeling in some impressive catches in a variety of categories. Considered to be the longest running fishing tournament in the Cayman Islands, the Jackpot is held annually on the Discovery Day weekend from Friday to Sunday, and the awards dinner is always the Sunday night after the tournament has concluded, this year held at the Cayman Brac Beach Resort on Sunday, May 15.
Anglers can fish on all three islands, and many anglers come over by boat from Grand Cayman for the weekend to support the event.
Event organizers noted the minimum weights for dolphin [mahi mahi] and wahoo were 15 pounds and 20 pounds for yellowfin tuna. A total of nine dolphin, 19 wahoo and 12 yellowfin tuna were weighed in a the tournament, with top prize of $4,000 for the heaviest eligible fish caught in the Sister Islands going to Lamar Jackson, on the Trouble Maker II team, for his yellowfin tuna which weighed in at 44.2 pounds.
The prize for heaviest dolphin caught in the Sister Islands at 40.1 pounds went to Nicholas Elliott on team Mangrove Run, and the prize for heaviest wahoo caught in the Sister Islands at 39.6 pounds went to Leon Dilbert on Whistlin-n-Ridin.
Other catches of note were made by 5-year-old Joshua Burke Jr., the tournament’s youngest angler, on team Nuff Badness, and Alston and Shawn Briggs on team Scarem Scarem came away with the Junior Angler prize for heaviest eligible fish.
The tournament’s overall heaviest dolphin and heaviest yellowfin tuna were both caught off Grand Cayman, by Katrina Stewart and Brandon Cunningham, respectively.