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Calendar of Events for May, 2015

  

 
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May 01 to May 03 in Islamorada
A tournament honoring the memory of Nick Sheahan, a Florida Keys student, funds from this event benefit a namesake community scholarship fund, distributing nearly $90,000 to date. Hosted at Tavernier Creek Marina, cash prizes and $25,000 to the angler with the dolphin that beats the state record. Hosted at Tavernier Creek Marina, entry fee for adults is $150, $35 for juniors.
Contact: Marcia Panse 305-393-3733
Email: bernicedionne@gmail.com
May 01 to May 03 in Marathon
Marathon Offshore Bull and Cow Dolphin Tournament
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A $10,000 first prize awaits the angler with the largest bull and cow combined, as well as prizes awarded to anglers catching the largest dolphin, wahoo, tuna and tripletail, grouper and snapper.
Contact: Jack Carlson 305-481-0495
Email: carlson.jack@ymail.com; bigtimetackle@comcast.net
May 03 to May 06 in Marathon
Tarponian Tournament
For enthusiastic tarpon anglers, silver kings mean springtime. This high-energy, three-evening tournament mandates that teams fish with a different captain each evening. Teams also rotate among the three major bridge channels in Marathon, so any potential "hot spots" are shared among all anglers.
Contact: David Breznicky at 215-542-1492
Email: dbreznicky@breznickyassociates.com
May 08 to May 09 in Marathon
This is a fun and festive one day fishing tournament for the heaviest dolphin. $15,000 in cash and prizes. Three entry levels: Pro, Weekend Warrior and Jr. Divisions. Come join us and "Fish for a Cause." All registration fees are tax deductible as allowable by law and will be used directly to build two new affordable homes in Marathon. Tournament proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity of the Middle Keys.
Contact: 305-743-9828
Email: execdirector@habitatmiddlekeys.org
May 15 to May 17 in the Florida Keys
This Keys-wide dolphin challenge allows anglers to fish one tournament from Key Largo to Key West, and weigh in at five locations. An unlimited number of anglers can join a team, in this boat/team event. Visit website for more details.
Contact: Mike Weinhofer 305-395-3474
Email: fishnkw@aol.com
May 16 to May 17 in Islamorada
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Designated to be an annual event (established to be the first Saturday after Mother's Day each year), this weekend is to be dedicated to statewide lionfish removal and awareness activities. Coastal counties around the state will be harvesting lionfish in an attempt to remove as many of the invasive critters as possible. The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is encouraging all divers to remove as many lionfish on the weekend of May 16-17, no matter where they are in Florida. REEF joins the Postcard Inn at Holiday Isle to host a removal event, May 16. More details on Facebook.
May 17 to May 20 in Islamorada
Golden Fly Invitational Tarpon Tournament
Special flies, accurate casts and a bit of luck are the recipe for winning this prestigious challenge, using only a tournament-furnished tippet not greater than 16-pound test. Eligible tarpon must measure at least 48 inches in length to earn release points, and weigh at least 70 pounds for weight points.
Contact: Betsy Bullard 305-587-1460
Email: fishnfever@bellsouth.net
May 22 to May 23 in Key West
Yamaha Dolphin Masters Invitational
In this challenge headquartered at Conch Republic Seafood Company, more than $15,000 awaits the angler scoring the highest total combined weight of three dolphin catches. Many additional prizes await other top anglers, and there is no limit on the number of participating boats. Registration is Friday, at Conch Republic Seafood Co.,631 Greene St. Fishing Saturday from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Contact: John Stuempfig 305-304-7674
Email: wave.whacker@hotmail.com
May 30 in Key West
Female anglers can vie for $10,000 in cash and prizes during the 2015 Mercury Marine Ladies Dolphin Championship. Scheduled Saturday, May 30, the event offers prizes for the winning boat team and top five individual anglers. The angler who catches the heaviest dolphin during the daylong tournament earns a $3,000 cash purse. The second-place angler is to receive $1,500 cash, while $500 awaits the third-place finisher and prizes reward the fourth- and fifth-place participants. Proceeds are to benefit the Jose Wejebe "Spanish Fly" Memorial Foundation.
Contact: Lee Murray 305-296-0364
Email: lee@murraymarine.com
May 31 to June 05 in Islamorada
The world's top fly-rod anglers endure a five-day test of patience and finesse, fishing Keys waters using fly tackle and either a 12- or 16-pound tippet. Named for the late fly fisherman and conservationist Don Hawley, the tournament benefits the Guides Trust Foundation, assisting professional fishing guides and supporting backcountry fishery conservation programs.
Contact: Betsy Bullard 305-587-1460
Email: fishnfever@bellsouth.net