ISLAMORADA, Florida Keys — A one-of-a-kind event whose anglers target seven species, the Herman Lucerne Memorial Backcountry Fishing Championship is set for Friday through Sunday, Sept. 21-23, in Islamorada.
The tournament is named for a man known affectionately in fishing circles as “Mr. Everglades.” Lucerne spent nearly 40 years exploring the backcountry’s labyrinth of canals, water trails and mangrove mazes.
To earn the grand championship in the unique tournament, an individual angler or team needs to catch at least four of the seven eligible species: black drum, bonefish, redfish, snook, snapper, tarpon and trout.
Anglers of all skill levels are eligible and are sure to find their skills tested. As Lucerne did, however, they also are certain to enjoy and appreciate the beauty of the Everglades.
Kickoff and registration for anglers is set for Friday, Sept. 21, at World Wide Sportsman, mile marker 81.5 bayside. Saturday and Sunday are fishing days and anglers must check in at either World Wide Sportsman or Don’s Bait & Tackle in Homestead, Fla.
An awards dinner is set for 6:30 p.m. Sunday at World Wide Sportsman.
Prizes are to be awarded in the general, artificial and fly divisions.
Registration fees are $400 per adult angler, $350 per young adult angler age 17 to 25 and $275 per junior angler age 16 or younger. Social tickets are additional. Anglers can save $50 off the entry fee if registered by Aug. 15.
Tournament information: www.hermanlucerne.com
Key Largo visitor information: www.fla-keys.com/keylargo or 800-822-1088
Islamorada visitor information: www.fla-keys.com/islamorada or 800-FAB-KEYS
Florida Keys fishing information: www.fla-keys.com/fishing
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