The catch-and-release event pits participating anglers against tarpon, permit and bonefish. Releasing all three on the same day is called a “flats grand slam.”
The S.L.A.M. is the first in an annual Florida Keys autumn tournament trilogy that benefits the fight against cystic fibrosis, a life-threatening chronic lung disease that is the United States’ leading genetic killer of children and young adults.
Scheduled celebrity participants are Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Wade Boggs, former Denver Broncos football player Mark Cooper and former NASA space shuttle astronaut Bruce Melnick.
Anglers and teams earn points by catching and releasing fish in the tournament’s fly, spin/plug or general/bait categories. Awards are based on the most points accumulated representing all species of a slam.
Preceding the main event is The Angling Company’s Superfly, a one-day, one-fly tournament based at Hurricane Hole Restaurant & Marina, mile marker 4.5 oceanside. Fishing is scheduled Friday, Sept. 6.
Registration for the S.L.A.M. is slated for 4-6 p.m. Friday at the DoubleTree Grand Key Resort, 3990 S. Roosevelt Blvd., followed by a kick-off reception, silent auction preview, rules meeting and live auction.
Fishing in the S.L.A.M. is set for 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 7 and 8. The public can join anglers and celebrities at dockside parties scheduled for 3-5 p.m. at Hurricane Hole.
The S.L.A.M. awards banquet is planned for 7 p.m. Sunday at the DoubleTree Grand Key.
Entry for the S.L.A.M., which includes two days’ charter fees with a professional guide, is $3,500 for a two-angler team. The Superfly entry fee is $350 per angler who also fishes the S.L.A.M. or $500 per angler who only fishes the Superfly.
Event information and registration: www.redbone.org or 305-664-2002
Key West visitor information: www.fla-keys.com/keywest or 1-800-LAST-KEY
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