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March 27, 2006

2006 Florida Keys Fishing Tournaments

The updated Florida Keys fishing tournaments - update your calendar today.

March 28-31: Islamorada All-Tackle Spring Bonefish Tournament. Islamorada. All-release tournament featuring trophies and prizes. Contact Jim Bokor at (305) 852-1694, jabok@aol.com or write to P.O. Box 1144, Tavernier FL 33070.

April 1-2: Mercury Redbone @ Large Sunset Tarpon Tournament. Marathon. This event has been canceled. However, the related Island Walk for Cystic Fibrosis will take place as scheduled April 1. Other Redbone events in 2006 are unaffected. Contact Gary Ellis at (305) 664-2002.

April 18-22: World Sailfish Championship. Key West. World-class sailfish tournament that offers a guaranteed top prize of $100,000 cash. Proceeds benefit the Don Shula Foundation for Breast Cancer Research, Camp Boggy Creek for youngsters with chronic and life-threatening illnesses, the Guy Harvey Research Institute, the Key West chapter of Big Brothers/Big Sisters and the Rotary Club of Key West. Contact Mike Weinhofer at (305) 294-3399 or (866) 482-7529, e-mail fishnkw@aol.com, visit www.worldsailfish.com or write P.O. Box 2477, Key West FL 33045-2477.

April 26-29:  Key West Classic. Key West. The 2006 event has been canceled.

May 4-6: 40th Annual Marathon International Tarpon Tournament. Marathon. Release tournament limited to 12- and 20-pound tackle. Contact Dave Navarro at (305) 743-6139, e-mail wca@terranova.net or write to 5050 Overseas Hwy., Marathon FL 33050.

May 12-14: Big Boys Offshore Charity Dolphin Tournament. Key Largo. Benefits the International Game Fish Association, Keys Marine Conservancy and the Montessori Island Charter School. Up for grabs is $130,000 in prize money. Ocean Reef Club. Contact Capt. Kevin Clark at (305) 664-0560 or e-mail: clark@crittercontrol.com.

May 13-14: 30th Annual Ladies Tarpon Tournament. Marathon. All-release tournament for women only. Contact Dave Navarro at (305) 743-6139, e-mail wca@terranova.com or write to 5050 Overseas Hwy., Marathon FL 33050.

May 19-21: 20th Annual Coconuts Dolphin Tournament. Key Largo. Cash prize of $25,000 and trophies for largest dolphin caught. Contact Charles Mountain at (561) 741-1124 or write to P.O. Box 2648, Key Largo FL 33037.

May 20-24: 20th Annual Faro Blanco Invitational Tarpon Tournament. Marathon. Fundraiser for Ronald McDonald charities. Pick up an invitation at World Class Angler, MM 50. Contact Dave Navarro at (305) 743-6139, e-mail wca@terranova.net or write to 5050 Overseas Hwy., Marathon FL 33050.

May 22-24: 12th Annual Outback Steakhouse Golden Fly Invitational Tarpon Tournament. Islamorada. Prestigious fly tournament for large tarpon. Proceeds benefit the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America and college scholarships for Keys students. Contact Charlotte Ambrogio at (305) 664-2444 or csasun@aol.com, or write to P.O. Box 1063, Islamorada FL 33036.

May 27: Sixth Annual Dolphin Masters Invitational. Key West. Maximum 25 boats with a $15,000 first prize. Contact John Stuempfig at (305) 296-7511 or johnstuempfig@clearchannel.com, or write to 5450 MacDonald Ave., Suite 10, Key West FL 33040.

June 2-4: Big Pine  Lower Keys Dolphin Tournament. Big Pine Key. Features more than $5,000 in cash and prizes. Contact Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce at (305) 872-2411 or lkchamber@aol.com, or write to P.O. Box 430511, Big Pine Key FL 33043.

June 5-9: Don Hawley Invitational Tarpon Tournament. Islamorada. Tarpon on fly only, limited to 25 anglers. Contact Charlotte Ambrogio at (305) 664-2444 or csasun@aol.com, or write to P.O. Box 1063, Islamorada FL 33036.

June 7-8: Islamorada Fishing Club Captain's Cup Dolphin Tournament. Islamorada. Team scoring the heaviest weight of three dolphin wins $25,000 in cash. Field limited to 25 boats with two anglers per boat. Contact Jeff Inshaw at (305) 393-0776, e-mail fishclub@bellsouth.net or write to P.O. Box 22, Islamorada FL 33036.

June 10-11: Key West Fishing Tournament's Swordfish Tournament. Key West. Anglers vie to achieve most releases of swordfish. Contact Doris Harris at (800) 970-9056 or (305) 295-6601, visit www.keywestfishingtournament.com or write to P.O. Box 2154, Key West FL 33045.

June 13-16: 30th Annual Women's World Invitational Fly Championship - Tarpon Series. Islamorada. Invitational fly tournament for tarpon, open to men and women, that benefits environmental scholarship funds. Contact Sue Moret at (305) 664-5423 or sueflo@bellsouth.net, visit www.wwifc.org or write to P.O. Box 189, Islamorada FL 33036.

June 16-18: Island Grill Blue Water Dolphin Tournament and Father/Son Fun Fish. Islamorada. One-day dolphin tournament on Saturday with an optional Father/Son Fun Fish on Father's Day. Benefits Baptist Children's Cancer Center. Contact Diane Harbaugh at (305) 664-8400 or write to Island Grill, 85501 Overseas Hwy., Islamorada FL 33036.

June 17-18: 20th Annual Father's Day Dolphin Derby. Key Colony Beach. Dolphin tournament benefiting the Marathon Jaycees. Contact Shannon Butler at (305) 743-3434 or shannonbutler@bellsouth.net, or write to 11399 Overseas Hwy., Marathon FL 33050.

June 18-20: Fourth Annual Mercury/IGFA Junior Angler World Championship. Key West. Tournament winners from around the world compete in divisions for ages 6-16. Contact Peter Gaube at (954) 924-4243 or pgaube@igfa.org, or visit www.igfa.org.

June 19-23: Gold Cup Tarpon Tournament. Islamorada. All-release tarpon tournament, limited to 25 anglers; raises money for children's charities in the Keys. Contact Charlotte Ambrogio at (305) 664-2444 or csasun@aol.com, or write to P.O. Box 1705, Islamorada FL 33036.

June 23-25: Sixth Annual Burdines Waterfront Dolphin  Blackfin Tuna Tournament. Marathon. Heaviest fish in each category wins $500. Contact Denny Dodge at (305) 743-5317 or write to 1200 Oceanview Ave., Marathon FL 33050.

June 23-25: 16th Annual Key West Gator Club Dolphin Derby. Key West. Event raises money for college scholarships. Contact John Stuempfig at (305) 296-7511 or johnstuempfig@clearchannel.com, or write to P.O. Box 5529, Key West FL 33045.

June 30-July 1: Third Annual Conch Republic Ladies' Dolphin Tournament. Key West.  Lower Keys challenge for ladies only (male captains and mates are allowed). $7,500 in cash prizes guaranteed. Contact John Stuempfig at (305) 296-7511 or johnstuempfig@clearchannel.com, or write P.O Box 2418 Key West FL 33045.

July 7-9: Holiday Isle/ Caribee Boat Sales Dolphin Tournament. Islamorada. Run-and-gunners take on the trollers in the Isle's annual tournament for professional, amateur and junior anglers. Contact Eileen McGuire at (305) 664-2321, ext. 622, e-mail emcguire@holidayisle.com or write to 84001 Overseas Hwy., Islamorada FL 33036.

July 9-12: Sixth Annual Rolex/IGFA Inshore Championship Tournament. Islamorada. Tournament winners from around the world compete for one of the most prized trophies in angling. Inshore fishing for permit, tarpon, bonefish, redfish and snook. Contact Denise Hartman at (954) 927-2628 or dhartman@igfa.org, visit www.igfa.org or write to 300 Gulf Stream Way, Dania Beach FL 33004.

July 14-15: Geiger Key Dolphin Daze Tournament. Key West. Modified release with four categories: combined weight, bull, cow and junior. Contact Bill Meagher at (305) 296-3553, e-mail geigerkeymarina@aol.com or write to 5 Geiger Road, Key West FL 33040.

July 18-20: Del Brown Invitational Permit Tournament. Key West. Catch permit on fly on the flats. Contact Charlotte Ambrogio at (305) 664-2444 or csasun@aol.com, or write to P.O. Box 1063, Islamorada FL 33036.

July 19-22: Drambuie Key West Marlin Tournament. Key West. Catch-and-release tournament held in conjunction with Key West's annual Hemingway Days Festival. $250,000 in available prize money. Contact Scott Greene at (305) 292-2710, visit www.keywestmarlin.com or write to P.O. Box 5590, Key West FL 33045.

July 22-23: Ladies, Let's Go Fishing Reel@The Reef. Key Largo. Women anglers fish in an event sponsored by the fishing education and advocacy group, Ladies, Let's Go fishing!
Contact Betty Bauman at (954) 475-9068.
 
July 30-31: Islamorada Fishing Club RedGhost Stalk. Islamorada. Open for anglers ages 11- 25. Backcountry tournament targeting redfish and bonefish. Winners qualify for IGFA/Rolex championship. Contact Jim and Sherri Trice at (305) 664-3864 or trice_j@bellsouth.net, or write to P.O. Box 22, Islamorada FL 33036.

Aug. 11-13: Islamorada Swordfish Tournament. Islamorada. Modified release tournament benefiting the IGFA. Fish must be at least 60 inches long to qualify. Contact Richard Peeples at (305) 282-1006, e-mail freeways@aol.com or write 205 Cross St., Miami Springs FL 33166.

Aug. 15-17: Mercury Redbone @ Large Little Palm Island Grand Slam. Little Torch Key. All-release bonefish, tarpon and permit tournament that benefits cystic fibrosis research. Contact Gary Ellis at (305) 664-2002 or redboneinc@aol.com, visit www.redbone.org, or write to P.O. Box 273, Islamorada FL 33036.

Sept. 8-9: Ghost Hunt Tournament. Key Largo. This bonefish tournament benefits the Don Hawley Foundation, which supports the Keys recreational fishing industry and marine research. Contact Michele Mouradian at (305) 852-6200 or michelem@dovecreeklodge.com.

Sept. 8-10: Mercury S.L.A.M. (Southernmost Light-Tackle Anglers Masters) Celebrity Tournament. Key West. The first of the Redbone Trilogy of celebrity tournaments that serve as fundraisers to fight cystic fibrosis. Top anglers and celebrities target tarpon, permit and bonefish with light tackle. Contact Gary Ellis at (305) 664-2002 or redboneinc@aol.com, visit www.redbone.org, or write to P.O. Box 273, Islamorada FL 33036.

Sept. 19-22: 29th Annual Islamorada Invitational Fall Fly Bonefish Tournament. Islamorada. All-release tournament. Contact Walter Hunter at (305) 852-0710, e-mail pilotwh@cs.com or write to 240 Mohawk St., Tavernier FL 33070.

Sept. 28-Oct. 1: Marathon International Bonefish Tournament. Marathon. All-release spin or fly event with trophies and evening social events. Contact Lindsay Rabito at (305) 743-7368, e-mail jmhewlett@aol.com or write P.O. Box 500914, Marathon FL 33050.

Oct. 3-6: 11th Annual Women's World Invitational Fly Championship - Bonefish Series. Islamorada. Invitational fly tournament for bonefish, open to men and women, that benefits environmental scholarship funds. Contact Sue Moret at (305) 664-5423, e-mail sueflo@bellsouth.net, visit www.wwifc.org or write to P.O. Box 189, Islamorada FL 33036.

Oct. 6-8: Mercury Baybone Celebrity Tournament. Key Largo. The second of three tournaments that constitute the Redbone Trilogy. Targets permit and bonefish to benefit cystic fibrosis research. Contact Gary Ellis at (305) 664-2002 or redboneinc@aol.com, visit www.redbone.org, or write to P.O. Box 273, Islamorada FL 33036.

Oct. 9-13: Mercury Outboards' Bonefishing World Championship/Islamorada All-Tackle Bonefish Tournament. Islamorada. Bonefish tournament donates to local charities. Contact Charlotte Ambrogio at (305) 664-2444 or csasun@aol.com, or write to P.O. Box 1063, Islamorada FL 33036.

Oct. 13-15: Take Stock in Children Backcountry Challenge. Key Largo. Fish for snook and redfish with profits benefiting a statewide scholarship program. Contact Sue Finney at (305) 451-2467, e-mail keyshomesrus@bellsouth.net or write to P.O. Box 252, Key Largo FL 33037.

Oct. 13-15: Ladies, Let's Go Fishing! Islamorada. Female anglers try their luck at fishing after learning how at a Saturday seminar. Contact Betty Bauman at (954) 475-9068 or billfishbetty@hotmail.com, visit www.ladiesletsgofishing.com or write to P.O. Box 550429, Fort Lauderdale FL 33355.

Nov. 9: Conch Republic Offshore Powerboat Race Association Fishing Tournament. Key West. - A one-day bottom fishing tournament during the Key West World Championship powerboat races. Contact Bill Spottswood at (305) 294-9556 or bill@spottswood.com, or Captain Mike Weinhofer at (305) 294-3399.

Nov. 24-25: Islamorada Fishing Club Junior Derby. Islamorada. For ages 3-19 and offering different age divisions. All species count for points with the most points awarded for bonefish and permit. Contact Jim and Sherri Trice at (305) 664-3864 or trice_j@bellsouth.net, or write to P.O. Box 22, Islamorada FL 33036.

Nov. 30-Dec. 3: Islamorada Sailfish Tournament. Islamorada. The first leg of the triple crown Florida Keys Gold Cup Championship Series. Contact Dianne Harbarugh (305) 852-2102, e-mail ditournaments@aol.com or visit www.islamoradasailfishtournament.com, or write to P.O. Box 462, Islamorada FL 33036.

Dec. 1-3: Mercury Cheeca Redbone Celebrity Tournament. Islamorada. South Florida celebrity light-tackle tournament that serves as a fundraiser to fight cystic fibrosis. Contact Gary Ellis at (305) 664-2002, or redboneinc@aol.com, visit www.redbone.org, or write to P.O. Box 273, Islamorada FL 33036.

Dec. 4-6: Ocean Reef BTU Backbone Classic. Key Largo. Tag and release tournament with a maximum of two anglers and one captain per boat. Contact Jack Curlett at (305) 367-2727 or jack.curlett@marinemax.com, or write to 31 Ocean Reef Dr., Ste. A, Key Largo FL 33037.

Dec. 6-7: Islamorada Fishing Club Captain's Cup Sailfish Tournament. Islamorada. Anglers compete for a winner-take-all $25,000 jackpot for catching and releasing sailfish. Contact Jeff Inshaw at (305) 393-0776, e-mail fishclub@bellsouth.net or write to P.O. Box 22, Islamorada FL 33036.

Dec. 7-9: Seventh Annual Captain Don Gurgiolo Sailfish Classic. Islamorada. All-release tournament with popular ugly sport coat contest to honor Captain Don. Contact Tammie Gurgiolo at (305) 852-9337, e-mail fishnbully@msn.com or write to P.O. Box 432, Islamorada FL 33036.

Dec. 14-16: 42nd Annual Islamorada Junior Sailfish Tournament. Islamorada. For ages 16 and under. All anglers win a trophy. Contact Tammie Gurgiolo at (305) 852-9337, e-mail fishnbully@msn.com or write to P.O. Box 432, Islamorada FL 33036.