The final lines have been reeled in for the 19th-annual Cayman Islands International Fishing Tournament, the country’s largest fishing competition.
It’s the tournament that offers the most awards. We’ve posted all the winners below, but Uno Mas hauled in a big one. The crew on Uno Mas recorded the most billfish releases, meaning they get an invitation to the IGFA World Offshore Championship tournament.
Other top awards go to Charles Ebanks, fishing on Trading Time, who reeled in the heaviest wahoo.
The Heaviest Dolphin Award goes to Blue Diamond’s Chris Moore.
Nigel Ebanks reeled in the heaviest Yellow Fin Tuna while fishing on Bird Bandit.
Organisers say they’re pleased with the participation in this year’s tournament and stressed Cayman must focus on protecting its natural environment to keep these successful competitions going.
“That means putting on catch limits where they’re needed like the actions that the country has taken with the ban on fishing the grouper holes,” said Len Layman, who’s on the tournament’s organising committee. “Things like that are what it takes to make the the fishing sustainable over a period of time. I always like to say that fishing is a part of our heritage here in the Cayman Islands. And it can be a part of our future, but only if we treat the marine environment properly.”