ISLAMORADA, Florida Keys — Attracted by Islamorada’s “sport fishing capital” moniker, 30 of the world’s top fly anglers are soon to head to the region for the Outback Golden Fly Tarpon Tournament, May 19-22.
Limited spots remain available for the event, according to tournament organizers.
A mandatory rules meeting with dinner is to be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at the Islamorada Fishing Club, mile marker (MM) 82 bayside.
Fishing days are Monday through Wednesday from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Breakfast is to be served from 5 a.m. at the Lorelei Restaurant and Cabana Bar, MM 82 bayside.
All boats are to depart from the Lorelei and return to the Islamorada Fishing Club for an afternoon dockside gathering and weigh-in.
Anglers can fish only with fly gear, and participants are to use a tournament-furnished tippet not to exceed 16-pound test.
Tarpon must measure at least 48 inches in length to earn release points. To earn weight points, a tarpon must weigh at least 70 pounds. Anglers can enter a maximum of five fish for weight points. All fish must be released alive for an angler to score.
The tournament awards banquet is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday at Outback Steakhouse, MM 80 oceanside.
Entry fee is $1,100 per angler.
The tournament was founded by the late Billy Pate, a legendary angler who was inducted into the 2003 International Game Fish Association Hall of Fame and set a world record for catching a 188-pound tarpon on a fly rod in 1982.
Tournament information: Betsy Bullard at 305-587-1460 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Islamorada visitor information: www.fla-keys.com/islamorada or 1-800-FAB-KEYS
Keys fishing information: www.fla-keys.com/fishing
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