Fishing tournament has Barkers abuzz

Participants and supporters of the annual Gressy Barkers Bay Fishing Tournament gather on Barkers beach in West Bay on Monday, April 17.

Barkers bay was filled with campers, participants and spectators at the second annual Gressy Barkers Bay Fishing Tournament on Easter Monday, April 17.

The catch-and-release tournament in West Bay is named in memory of fisherman Gressmon Ebanks, who passed away in April 2013. It is the second year in a row that the tournament has been held on Easter Monday at Barkers.

Tony Powell, Alice Jackson and Rudy Powery blew a conch shell to mark the start of the annual tournament.

Alvin Brown caught and released the largest number of fish – six – earning him a gift certificate from Carlos and Martin’s in Seven Mile Shops and a Stingray City tour from Oh Boy Charters.

Lavern Gould caught the biggest fish and won a gift certificate from Carlos & Martin’s.

In a poignant moment, Rudy Powery read out a 40-year-old newspaper article about the death of his brother-in-law, Calvard Ebanks, and Ronnie Ryan, who died after the boat they were on exploded off the coast of Africa.

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Mr. Ebanks was survived by his wife and eight children. Ronnie Ryan from Cayman Brac left a wife and young daughter. Mr. Calvard was 46 years old; Mr. Ryan lost his life on his 36th birthday.

“We then held a moment of silence for them and all seamen who died at sea,” said Zeta Bodden of West Bay, an organizer of the event. “We then sang ‘Let Your Lower Lights be Burning’ (A Seaman’s Hymn).”

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