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Florida Keys Fishing Tournaments
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Calendar of Events for April, 2014


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April 04 to April 06 in Marathon
16th Annual Captain Leon Shell Memorial Sailfish Tournament
The 16th annual tournament offers two full days of sailfishing and a $25,000 cash purse. The winning boat team is to receive a grand prize of $20,000 cash (with 20 registered boats), and cash prizes to first and second runners-up. Trophies are to be awarded to the top boat teams and individual sailfish anglers. Proceeds benefit the Visiting Nurses Association/Hospice of the Florida Keys.
Contact: Matt Anthony 305-684-9799
April 04 to April 06 in Key West
Fifteen target species and $5,000 in cash prizes highlight this open-to-the-public event, heralding the beginning of more than eight months of exciting Keys fishing. Cash awards await individual participants who catch the heaviest dolphin, kingfish, cobia, blackfin tuna, mackerel, mutton snapper, wahoo, mangrove snapper and grunt, and for boat teams that score the most releases of tarpon, permit, bonefish, barracuda, marlin and sailfish. Junior anglers under age 15 can also fish. Entries in the kickoff also are eligible for the Key West Fishing Tournament, which runs through Nov. 30, 2014.
Contact: Rob Harris 305-587-6718
April 06 to November 30 in Key West
More than 40 species of fish are targeted during these months, with divisions for men, women, junior anglers (ages 10 to 14) and Pee Wees (under 10 years old). The Key West Fishing Tournament strongly encourages the release of game fish. All participating anglers receive certificates noting their catches and qualify for a variety of prizes.
Contact: Rob Harris 305-587-6718; Doris 305-295-6601
April 23 to April 27 in Key West
This four-day challenge is to offer up to $50,000 for first place prize, $15,000 and $10,000 to second- and third-place anglers, respectively. Early entry angler fee per angler is available. Visit website for details.
Contact: Mike Weinhofer 305-395-3474
April 25 to April 27 in Islamorada
One of approximately 30 events held each year whose proceeds benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Highlights include a kick-off welcome reception with cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and silent auction; daily continental breakfast and dockside lunch and beach buffet for anglers.
Contact: Susan Ellis 305-664-2002
April 30 to May 02 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