Headquartered at the Florida Keys Elks Lodge, mile marker 92.5 bayside, the action commences Friday at the lodge with a free fun day starting at noon.
Educational and entertaining events include casting contests, fishing seminars, tackle and bait rigging as well as a bounce house for youngsters. Events are open to the public.
A kick-off party and registration are scheduled Friday at 5:30 p.m., with a 7 p.m. mandatory captains meeting.
Fishing day is Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., when the weigh station closes. An awards banquet with cocktails and dinner follows.
The combined weight of each team’s three dolphin fish is to determine the winners. Cash prizes of $3,000, $1,500 and $1,000 are to be awarded the grand champion boat team, second- and third-place teams, respectively. A $1,000 prize is to be awarded the angler with the largest fish, among other prizes.
Entry fee is $125 per adult angler through June 1. After June 1, the fee increases to $150. Junior anglers under age 16 can register for $50 through June 1 or $75 thereafter. Teams of up to six anglers are allowed.
Event information and registration: www.floridakeyselks1872.com or 305-522-4868
Islamorada visitor information: www.fla-keys.com/islamorada or 1-800-FAB-KEYS
Florida Keys fishing: www.fla-keys.com/fishing
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