It is time to dust off those rods and reels and get boat engines prepped and ready for the 8th Annual Kirk Slam Dolphin Tournament, happening on Saturday and Sunday.

The tournament is a two-day single species team event, and just in case you think we’re talking about Flipper, don’t be alarmed – this is all about the dolphin fish, sometimes known as mahi-mahi. It is a very popular sports fish in the Caribbean and the Cayman Islands is no exception.

The total combined weight of up to five dolphin per team/boat (minimum weight 15 pounds each) will determine the winners and there will also be an award for the heaviest overall dolphin, the heaviest eligible dolphin caught by a registered junior angler (under the age of 17) and female angler.

Tagging

Even if a team doesn’t bring in the heaviest catch, there is still a chance to win some money. A $1,000 cash prize and a piece of Guy Harvey artwork are being offered for any white tip shark held for the Guy Harvey Foundation tagging team. The Guy Harvey Foundation is also offering $1,500 for any tiger shark or mako held for its tagging team, which will be out on both days.

Schedule of events

The weigh station is located at The Barcadere Marina and is open from 4-6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

  • April 14: Fishing day:
    7 a.m. start;
    4 p.m. lines out
  • April 15: Fishing day:
    7 a.m. start:
    4 p.m. lines out
  • April 16: Awards:
    6-8 p.m. at The George Town Yacht Club

Boats

Any type of boat may be used in the tournament. All participating boats shall have adequate safety equipment on board and must comply with the Port Regulations (2007 Revision), or any amendments thereto. For safety reasons, all boats must have a minimum of two people on board for the duration of all fishing hours.

Entry Fees

Prizes are given for the highest combined weight of up to five dolphin per boat.

The fee is $250 per boat (this includes a captain and up to three registered anglers). Additional anglers may be registered at a cost of $50 per angler. Boat entry entitles all registered anglers to participate in all categories. Billfish are not eligible for entry into the tournament and should be released unharmed. Any angler bringing a billfish into the weigh station shall forfeit any claim they may have to tournament prizes.