Local catch is world record breaker

| 13/11/2009

(CNS): Jonathan Doak has set a new world record, pending approval from the International Game Fishing Association, for catching an Escolar weighing in at 125 lbs. Doak caught the fish, which is known in restaurants as white tuna, on a 50-lb test line while aboard Run Things with Captain Charles Ebanks and Emil Terry on 3 Nov. Out fishing for swordfish off South Sound in approximately 1800 feet of water, Doak set his bait at 800 feet, and the fight reportedly lasted approximately 20 minutes. The official detailing and paperwork was conducted at Harbour House Marina on 4 November with members of the Cayman Islands Fishing Association, who officially weighed the fish and were provided with the leader used to catch the whopper.

All records will be sent to the International Game Fishing Association for final approval.

A Caymanian, Jonathan is a Corporate Administrator at dms. Commented dms Senior Manager Ronan Guilfoyle, “On behalf of the dms team, it is with great pleasure that we publicly acknowledge Jonathan’s record-breaking accomplishment and wish him continued success in the sport.”

Escolar (Lepidocybium flavobrunneum) is asnake mackerel, not a tuna.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    BREAKING NEWS: This record has just been broken!!!


    Sorry Johnny, it was good while it lasted!

  2. Lavonida says:

    Are you people for real? Arguing over a fish. Why don’t you all just settle it like men. Meet each other in George Town square at high noon, with guns on your hips and  the last man standing is the winner.

    The man caught a fish. He chose to bring it shore, last I heard its not against the law to line fish.

    I wonder if it had been a great white what would you all say? Geez shut up already. The fish was caught its now DEAD, bickering is not going to bring it back. Watch discovery channel when whales, sharks and dolphins are on a feeding frenzy. One mouth full is 2 tons of fish for a whale. Are you going stop the whale from eating 2 tons of fish?

    You all got bigger problems than a fish. Look how many people are unemployed, and maybe have to resort to fishing to feed their families for now. Are you all going to tell them the same crap? Come on man, you all argue over everything.

    People all over the world read these things, what they must think. I have hits on my site thatcome through CNS from all over the world.  Find something constructive to talk about, give constructive criticism, but please stop the bickering, over petty issues.

    Whoever want to answer me in what ever manner is fine, I will not be drawn into the bickering. I’m just trying somehow to make you all think, and see what you are doing.


  3. Anonymous says:

    Congrats Doakie!

  4. Fed Up... says:

    Congrats, well done… and for all you sport fishing haters "get a life" we in the Cayman Islands enjoy sport fishing! Stop trying to change us, we did not ask for your Devine intervention" We dont just Sport fish, we eat what we catch" And by the way dont believe everything you see on TV, do you not think that they tear up those fish mouths when they catch and release? Half of them released fish float right back up bellly first, its just that they dont show it on TV. We love fishing in the Cayman Islands!

    • Anonymous says:

      so as long as you enjoy sportsfishing and eat what you catch makes it ok???……. we’ve got an intellectual here!


  5. Megan Bodden says:

    Congrats to Johnny, Emil and Charles! RUN THINGS has done it again!

    Megan Bodden
    CIAC Member

  6. Anonymous says:

    wow… a simple story about a fish caught that get the world record.. Personally I think they should have taken a picture of the fish and let it go. but what gets me the most is somehow this turned into a x-pat , local bash areana. look what we are becoming.. hate, hate, hate.. You all have no idea what you are breading right now, the world that you are building that will be handed to our kids is more horrific than you can imagine. Im a x-pat,, lived here for 20 years.. Have invested millions of dollars here and love the people and the ocean.

      You want to see what you are getting ready to build by all this hate, Take a trip to my home town. South Central Los Angeles.. Belive me its not where you would want to spend the night. Its coming Cayman. Just keep the hate up, keep putting people down. Locals and Expats are both to blame.. Expats, if you dont like the way its done here then pick your ass up and leave. I have never seen a expat with a anchor tiedto his ass. You local guys and girls that just want to bash.. quit your bitching and get out there and show them what the locals can do. Locals you are living off the reputations of thoes that came before you. Ask any of thoes that you stake your reputation on how they think you are doing keeping up there very hard earned reputation. I am humbled by the hardships thoes that came before you went through to build Cayman as a place for its youth to thrive. Sure they did some things wrong but what is it exactally that is going on now ?? What will your reputation be in 20 years. Everyone needs to wake up and relize if we dont get our asses in gear and quit spending so much time building fake farms and whinning about who is treating us wrong we will never bring Cayman back to what it once was.

     by the way.. Just an idea. Bring in a team from the Los Angles Police Dept.  and give them the two week job of removing every gun from Cayman Shores. It wont take longer then that.


     Say what you will but damn.. lets get on with it. Ok.

  7. Anonymous says:

    whats the relevance to the story of him being Caymanian please CNS?

  8. Anonymous says:

    According to Wikipedia, that species causes an oily diarrhea from all the waxy esters it ingests.

    I think I will pass.

    • Anonymous says:

      Anything not cooked properly can give you the runs!  I dont see where he was begging you to buy and eat it.

      Congrats young man, I hope you enjoyed your catch!  Seasoned and grilled they are great!

      • Anonymous says:

        Ok then…

        How do you cook this species properly so that you don’t get an oily diarrhea?

        I wasn’t talking about garden variety diarrhea from improperly or undercooked seafood, but rather a special diarrhea from the oily stuff this fish eats.

        I admire the catch, and sportfishing in general.

        I was just commenting that I don’t agree with the commenters who say "eat what you catch" etc.

        I was just saying that I wouldn’t eat that fish based on what I read.  (admittedly, wikipedia is not the world’s greatest authority, but still….)


  9. Anonymous says:

    75% water does not mean that we are NOT depleting our oceans. Whoever you are, I hope you’re not a fisherman because it shows precisely why we are in trouble!

    At any rate, overfishing is a serious matter and we should not take it any less seriously here in the Caribbean.

    Remember smart people – you can have 75% water that has nothing in it.


  10. Anonymous says:

    Congrats Dinky.

  11. O'Really says:

    Caymanians have a sea faring tradition and produce excellent fishermen. The day that they can’t fish without the politically correct brigade giving them pretentious crap is the day that the lunatics really have taken over the asylum. 

    Well done Johnny!

    • Anonymous says:

      yes great traditions and excellent fisher men that drove the turtles to near extinction…..

    • Smells like fish... says:

      "Seafaring tradition" is a silly verbal shield for someone who refuses to think. If one of our traditions is to keep killing something until it no longer exists, then we need some new traditions.

      Seriously, how incredibly stupid does one have to be to continue killing until it’s too late and the unfortunate targets of your fun are all gone? Please, learn something about the state of the world’s oceans. Marine life is in trouble, thanks to humankind. This is undeniable, both locally and globally. Ask old Caymanians about how much has changed around here. The fish are vanishing. And we are to blame. Giant ships with high-tech fish-finding devices and massive nets are emptying the oceans. Meanwhile, we celebrate the killing of individual large predator fish like it’s such a cool thing.

      I guess this sort of short-sighted craziness really is part of our "proud tradition", however. After all, Cayman waters were once filled with thousands of sea turtles. But our seafaring forefathers slaughtered them with no thought of tomorrow. Instead of copying their mistake, perhaps we should learn from it.

      • O'Really says:

        Well, I seem to be thinking because I recognise that the fish in question was caught using a rod with 50lb test line by a single fisherman. I seem to be able to tell the difference between this and " Giant ships with high-tech fish-finding devices and massive nets ( which ) are emptying the oceans."

        Cayman’s waters were once filled with turtle, but they were destroyed by what passed for commercial fishing in the past, not at all the equivalent of one man and his rod.

        It’s the lack of perspective which continually diminishes environmental arguments and your post is a prime example.




        • Smells like fish... says:

          You are still missing the point.

          It is madness to celebrate and find pleasure in the killing of large predator fish that we–humankind–are on the verge of wiping out forever.

          I suggest you give up the silly arguments and just be honest. Admit that you care nothing about the seas or your great grandchildren who are likely to inherit near-dead oceans.

          Don’t worry, my friend. You are the normal one here. To kill for fun and care nothing for tomorrow is the human way. I’m the odd one out, not you.

        • Anonymous says:

          what is your argument?

          people should not have the right to hunt and kill animals/fish all in the name of ‘sport’

  12. Scott Strang says:



  13. Anonymous says:

    "Maybe us fishermen will start hunting vegans when we finish killing all of the fish in the sea.

    I hate vegans! they’re worse than expats!"

    FI REAL!!!

  14. Anonymous says:

    The Escobar which Charles Ebanks caught weighed 150lbs and was an all tackle record whereas the fish is probably a line class record. The devil is in the detail!!

  15. Anonymous says:

    Of course this is a world record. The articles says so.

    Both fish were caught in Run Tings so who are you to question in the first place?

    And going by the pictures confirms the size as Charles stands at about 5’7" whilst Dinks stands at 7’1" being a giant of a man.

  16. Anonymous says:



    Famous, who knew?

  17. Anonymous says:

    It’s probably the biggest on the 50# test line class.

  18. Anonymous says:

    disgusting… very well done for hooking an innocent fish, dragging it out of the water and killing it…. all in the name of ‘sport’

    what would the reaction be if it was a giant turtle in the photo instead of the escolar?

    • durrrr says:

      Different line class… Charles’ was on 80 lbs test

    • Sir Henry Morgan says:

      The fish that Charles caught was for a different line class. Charles Has the 80Lb test world record and Doaks fish was caught on 50lb test.

    • Anonymous says:

      Johnny’s fish weighs more regardless of size – and it’s kind of an illusion of a picture since Mr. Ebanks is probably a good 6 inches or more shorter.

      And to the other posters – sure it might be an outdated sport to some but it’s what’s in our human nature to do, it’s enjoyable to most whether it’s fishing off a dock with a handline or fishing out in 1800 ft waters. Regardless, this fish is by no means soon-to-be-extinct.  Especially considering the effects one can have if eating the fish prepared improperly leading to many countries to ban having it served.

      These fish are some of the closest species you can get to dinosaurs (along with reptiles and birds – mm thanksgiving is coming up. What do you think about the competitions for the fattest birds? Or the fact that so many are slaughtered between thanksgiving and christmas?) so if you think this is truly to affect their future, you’re dilusional.

      And while I think it necessary to protect animals who are endangered especially (and in general, I’m an animal lover), how we treat them barely affect their future.  Dinosaurs didn’t die because they ate everything in sight killing off their food supply; the world changes, ice ages happen and they’ll continue to happen.  Our world as we know will change eventually (global warming will help speed things up) and all of these tiny concerns for these animals who will mostly, I’m sure, outlive us when the world "ends" will be nothing but a drop in the metaphorical sea (pun intended).

    • Anonymous says:

      Yes it can be a record… it’s a 125lb fish caught on a 50lb test fishing line! Charles Ebanks fish may indeed be bigger… I have no idea… I also have no idea what pound test Charles was using!! But it was probably bigger than 50lb test or we wouldn’t be reading about Mr. Doak’s marvelousachievement now would we?! So to answer your question… you are wrong… it can be a record and indeed it very likely is…

    • Anonymous says:

      So I am 1/2 RIGHT AND 1/2 WRONG! Anyways the WR for "Largest Fish" belongs to Mr. Ebanks.

      Please correct me if I am wrong now?

  19. Sir Henry Morgan says:

    Good going Dinkster!


  20. Smells like fish... says:

    Not to pick on the person in the picture, but isn’t this whole hobby of killing big fish for fun a bit out of date? The seas are dying. We are overfishing them to the point of madness and we still celebrate the killing of big predator fish? Come on, let’s open our eyes and be honest. Yes, the primary problem is commercial fishing operations, not sport fisherman, but it’s still wrong, isn’t it? if habitat loss and dog attacks were the primary reasons for a declining Blue iguana population on Grand Cayman, that would not give me an excuse to kill them for fun, would it?

    What do these sport fishing guys plan to kill for fun when all the fish are gone? Can’t they find another hobby now while there are still a few fish left in the ocean?

    If I submit a photo of myself posing with a gorilla or an African elephant I shot, will CNS publish that too?

    Again, nothing personal against the people in this CNS report, I’m commenting on the entire concept of sport fishing in the context of severely depleted fish populations worldwide.

    • Anonymous says:

      Dont be silly!!!! There’s PLENTY of fish in the Sea. Remember the world is 75% water so there’s enough to go around. At least that fish is food on my table that i cant afford at the Supermarket.

    • Anonymous says:

      Oh for cryin out loud… If they don’t sell the fish to a restaurant, they’ll probably split it up between them and have a feast… These are edible fish.. geesh.

    • Sir Henry Morgan says:

      This comment is either made by a vegan or a hypocrite…

      Maybe us fishermen will start hunting vegans when we finish killing all of the fish in the sea.

      I hate vegans! they’re worse than expats!

      • Mr. Potato Head says:

        Thanks for sharing that Hank  I’m a vegan ex-pat and proud of it!! 

    • Anonymous says:

      If a fish is caught from a depth of 800ft and brought to the surface where it will probably have never been before, then for it to return to that depth id near impossible…does it make sense to throw a dead fish overboard or use it…..

  21. Anonymous says:

    Why not catch and release-as they do on the TV fishing shows nowadays? We can’t keep plundering the seas for these so called trophies.