ISLAMORADA, Florida Keys — Anglers yearning for some midsummer fishing fun can find it at the fifth annual Islamorada Dolphin Tournament. The boat tournament is set for Friday through Sunday, July 12-14, with a characteristically flexible format for simply catching fish.
A minimum of $10,000 in prize money is to be divided among the top three boat teams based on each team’s aggregate weight of three dolphin fish. A new outboard division has been added this year, awarding a $1,000 cash prize to the angler who scores the largest fish caught on an outboard-powered boat.
The cash prize for this outboard division is sponsored by Yamaha and Caribee Boat Sales.
An unlimited number of anglers per boat can participate in the challenge, and all anglers in a boat do not have to fish the same day. Some can fish on day one and others on day two. Two fish can be weighed per day, although the three biggest fish will secure a win.
Prizes also are to be awarded for the largest dolphin, largest blackfin tuna, yellowfin tuna, bonito, wahoo and kingfish.
Kickoff and final angler registration is scheduled for 5-8 p.m. Friday, July 12, at tournament headquarters at the Smugglers Cove Bar, Restaurant, Resort & Marina, mile marker 85.5 bayside. Fishing days are Saturday and Sunday, and an awards ceremony follows the 5 p.m. weigh-in Sunday.
Entry fee is $150 per angler or $650 per boat with an unlimited number of anglers. After June 22, entry fees increase to $175 per angler and $700 per boat.
To register: www.islamoradacharterboatassociation.org , 305-852-2102 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Islamorada visitor information: www.fla-keys.com/islamorada
Keys fishing information: www.fla-keys.com/fishing
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