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Calendar of Events for May, 2016


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April 30 to May 01 in Marathon
Over $30,000 is cash and prizes awaits the top anglers with the largest bull and cow combined, while other prizes are awarded to anglers catching the largest dolphin, wahoo, tuna and tripletail.
Contact: Jack Carlson 305-481-0495
May 01 to May 04 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
May 06 to May 08 in Islamorada
A tournament honoring the memory of Nick Sheahan, a Florida Keys student, funds from this event benefit a namesake community scholarship fund. 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 $185, $50 for juniors.
Contact: Marcia Panse 305-393-3733
May 06 to May 07 in Marathon
This is a fun and festive one day fishing tournament for the heaviest dolphin. Over $8,000 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 four new affordable homes in Marathon. Tournament proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity of the Middle Keys.
Contact: 305-743-9828
May 13 to May 15 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
May 14 in Islamorada
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Designated an annual event (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 14-15, no matter where they are in Florida. Join Key Dives for aa morning lionfish dive. The morning dive will cost $85 ($70 if you are a REEF member!) Check in is at 8 a.m.
Contact: Key Dives 305-664-2211; REEF 305-852-0030
May 21 to May 22 in Key Largo
Headquartered at Key Largo Fisheries, events include a Pirate's Treasure Raffle, music, silent auction, two days of fishing, and awards dinner. Cash and trophy prizes are to be awarded. Proceeds benefit the Long Walk Home Veterans Charity Community Outreach.
Contact: 305-504-3795
May 21 in Key West
Key West Ladies' Dolphin Championship
Cash and prizes totaling $10,000 are to be shared by the tournament's winning boat team and top five individual anglers. The angler who catches the heaviest dolphin during the daylong tournament earns a $3,000 cash prize. The second-place angler is to receive $1,500 cash, while $500 awaits the third-place finisher and prizes await the fourth- and fifth-place participants. In addition, $1,000 is to be awarded for the largest wahoo caught.
Contact: Lee Murray 305-296-0364
May 22 to May 25 in Islamorada
Loop 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