The Cayman Islands’ latest entrant into international fishing tournaments, Cayman Billfish Rundown, will take place May 14–17, 2019, and offer one of the largest guaranteed purses of prize money in the Caribbean region’s competitive fishing circuit.
This inaugural, multi-day fishing tournament will attract international anglers from around the region as they compete for a guaranteed US$275,000 in prizes, including US$100,000 for the most billfish release points. Potential prize winnings are more than US$520,000, which includes the insured amount of US$250,000 for breaking the Cayman Islands blue marlin record weight of 584 pounds.
Unique to this event is the US$10,000 award to the captain of the boat with the most billfish release points. Eligible species for the tournament include billfish (blue marlin, white marlin, sailfish and swordfish), tuna, dolphin (mahi mahi) and wahoo.
The tournament is presented by Hurley’s Media, Dart and The Residences at Seafire. Dart Vice President Real Estate Marketing Sue Nickason said the sponsorship will provide an opportunity to introduce the new international visitors coming to participate in Cayman Billfish Rundown to Dart’s properties on Grand Cayman.
“The tournament headquarters and weigh station will be at Camana Bay and many of the optional activities on the free day will take place at The Residences at Seafire and adjacent Kimpton Seafire Resort & Spa,” she said.
Cayman Billfish Rundown is also teaming up with world-renowned marine artist and angler, Carey Chen, as tournament ambassador, to provide his expertise and ensure the event is executed to a high standard.
The land-based festivities planned for the event will begin in the late afternoon upon the return of the boats to Camana Bay Harbour, starting at 4 p.m. both days of the tournament.
The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation has partnered with the tournament to tag and release mahi mahi, tunas and ocean whitetip sharks. This will be a first in the Cayman Islands to have a tag-and-release of all these species in one tournament.
“Catch-and-release sport fishing, particularly for blue marlin, is sustainable in Cayman,” said Guy Harvey.
The tournament is timed to partially coincide with CayMAS Carnival, which takes place May 17-20. The hope is that the tournament will attract new, first-time visitors to Grand Cayman, said Hurley’s Media Managing Director Randy Merren.
“Cayman is a very attractive destination and we view this as an opportunity to attract visitors who spend their time off going on fishing trips and may not have had Cayman on the radar,” he said. “We have scheduled this tournament at a time of year when the fishing is plentiful, when there is a break with other tournaments and to coincide with the CayMAS Carnival street parade taking place the day after the award ceremony, as we want to showcase all Cayman has to offer, including our incredible entertainment.”
For more information about this event or to register, visit www.caymanbillfishrundown.com.