Burger King Cayman Islands hosted its inaugural fishing tournament, the BK Big Fish, from March 16–18 at the Barcadere Marina, in association with Cayman Islands Angling Club and the MS Foundation of Grand Cayman.
It was a well-attended event, with 53 boats and 211 anglers from all three Cayman Islands who participated in the hope of catching the heaviest dolphin, yellowfin tuna or wahoo, or catching and releasing the most blue marlin.
Burger King also partnered with angling club and the International Game Fish Association to host a family fishing clinic during the weekend. Hosted at the Barcadere Marina, this was attended by more than 150 children who learned the basics of fishing, knots and casting. It was the first time that the International Game Fish Association partnered on such an event outside of the continental U.S.
Tournament organizer Gary Rutty was delighted with the turnout. “As well as running a fun tournament for anglers on all three islands, we wanted to be able to give something back to the community too. Raising money for the MS Foundation of the Cayman Islands and hosting the free clinic for local kids to learn the basics of fishing was very rewarding for us, and we’re delighted with the results of our inaugural tournament.”
Fine weather all weekend ensured good conditions for the anglers and some great catches. Highlights included Cassandra MacDowell winning both Lady Angler and Heaviest Yellowfin Tuna with a 50 pound catch in the waters off Cayman Brac, and the Home Gas Team winning the $5,000 prize for the Heaviest Dolphin and promptly donating their winnings to the MS Foundation.