MARATHON, Florida Keys — The 12th annual Tom Thumb Bull and Cow Dolphin Tournament is to challenge anglers Thursday through Sunday, May 3-6, in the Middle Keys, with cash and prizes up for grabs.
A guaranteed grand prize of $10,000 cash is to go to the team that catches the largest bull and cow dolphin fish combined. However, according to organizers, the top prize payout increases as more boats register.
With a field of 60-69 boats, the first-place cash award is to be $13,000, increasing incrementally by 10 boats. If a field of 100 boats is reached, the guaranteed first-place cash prize is $25,000.
Prizes are to be awarded for the largest dolphin fish, heaviest combined weight of three dolphin and for the largest wahoo, blackfin tuna and tripletail. Other awards await the top female angler, junior angler, participant who catches the largest dolphin on fly and more.
Final registration and captains meeting for the Bull and Cow is set for 7-9 p.m. Friday, May 4, at Faro Blanco Resort & Yacht Club Hyatt Place, 1996 Overseas Highway bayside.
Fishing is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 5-6. Weigh-in each day is from 4-6 p.m., and an awards banquet at Faro Blanco is planned to follow Sunday’s fishing.
Through April 18, the Bull and Cow Dolphin Tournament registration fee is $650 per team of up to six anglers. After April 18, the cost to register a team is $750.
Boats registered for the Bull and Cow Dolphin Tournament also can enter a separate Shelter Bay Pre-Fish Dolphin Tournament, a one-day fun fish event to be held Friday, May 4. Registration is $200 per boat. A kick-off party and final registration is to be held Thursday, May 3, at Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters, bayside at 11710 Overseas Highway.
Tournament information and registration: bullandcowtournament.com
Marathon visitor information: fla-keys.com/marathon or 1-800-262-7284
Florida Keys Fishing: fla-keys.com/fishing