A one-of-a-kind event whose anglers span out in search of seven species, the Herman Lucerne Memorial Backcountry Fishing Championship is set for Friday through Sunday, Sept. 20-22, in Islamorada waters.
Lucerne spent nearly 40 years exploring the backcountry’s labyrinth of canals, water trails and mangrove mazes, earning the affectionate moniker “Mr. Everglades.”
The tournament distinguishes the overall grand champion as an individual angler who catches at least four of the seven eligible species: black drum, bonefish, redfish, snook, snapper, tarpon and sea trout.
Anglers of all skill levels are welcome and are certain to be tested as they enjoy the beauty of the Everglades.
The tournament kickoff, registration, silent auction and meeting for anglers and guides are set to begin at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, at the Islander Resort, mile marker (MM) 82.1 bayside.
Saturday and Sunday are fishing days from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and anglers must check in at either the Lorelei Restaurant & Marina at MM 82 or Don”s Bait & Tackle in Homestead, Fla.
Prizes recognize general, artificial and fly division champions as well as the overall grand champion angler, team champion and top male, female and junior angler. Also to be presented are largest species awards.
Registration fees are $450 per adult angler, $400 per young adult angler age 17 to 25 and $325 per junior angler age 16 or younger. Anglers can save $50 off their entry fee if they register before Aug. 15. The fee includes admission to the kickoff and awards dinners.
Tournament information: www.hermanlucernememorial.com
Islamorada visitor information: www.fla-keys.com/islamorada or 800-FAB-KEYS
Keys fishing information: www.fla-keys.com/fishing
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