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Bloodbath: 902 invasive lionfish removed from reef in CULL tournament

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Cayman’s most avid lionfish cullers spent the weekend in the water, rounding up as many of the long-spined invasive predators as possible.

Ten teams of cullers, diving on scuba or even free diving for lionfish on a single breath, rounded up a grand total of 902 lionfish from reefs all over the island. Once they were all de-spined and measured for weigh in, they came in at a whopping 429 pounds.

So which teams tasted glory at Cayman United Lionfish League’s 18th tournament?

Nameless speared their way to prize money, almost $1000 from four fish alone, bucketing the first and third biggest fish, and the second and third smallest fish in the tournament.

Neptune’s wenches, an all-female team affiliated with Neptune Divers, put up big numbers and weight, but couldn’t hold back Las Tortugas for the top spot for most lionfish.

Las Tortugas’ Orniel Galbraith told Cayman 27 all its lionfish were caught while free diving at an undisclosed hunting hole in the North Sound.

Ambassador Divers, historically one of the best performing teams in CULL history took back the heavyweight title with more than 27 pounds of lionfish per diver.

Foster’s Food Fair, CULL’s Gold Sponsor, provided the $3,200 in prize money for the tournament.

CULL #18 RESULTS:

Biggest lionfish:
1st – Nameless 310mm
2nd – Ambassador Divers 302mm
3rd – Nameless 302mm (lost tiebreaker)
Smallest lionfish:
1st – Jeff’s Guesthouse 26mm
2nd – Nameless 29mm
3rd – Nameless 29mm
Most lionfish (per culler):
1st – Las Tortugas 64
2nd – Neptune’s Wenches 51
3rd – Rave Cave 48.3
Most total weight (per culler)
1st – Ambassador Divers 12.5kg
2nd – Neptune’s Wenches 11.25
3rd – Ask us about our sponsors 6.32kg

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Joe Avary

Joe Avary

Joe Avary has been with Cayman 27 since 2014. He brings 20 years in television experience to the job, working hard every day to bring the people of Cayman stories that inform the public and make a difference in the community. Joe hopes his love for the Cayman Islands shines through in his informative and entertaining weather reports. If you have a story idea for Joe or just want to say hello, call him at 324-2141 or send an email to josephavary@hurleysmedia.ky

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