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March 30, 2006

Faro Blanco Tarpon Tournament to Celebrate 20 Years

Faro Blanco Tarpon Tournament to Celebrate 20 Years of Fishing and Charity May 20-24

MARATHON, FLORIDA KEYS -- The 20th annual Faro Blanco Tarpon Tournament, set for May 20-24 in Marathon, is to combine three nights of good fishing with a year's worth of good works.

Money raised by the tournament goes to the Ronald McDonald Summer Camp Program, which provides for the special needs of children attending the summer camp program run by the Ronald McDonald Houses in the Delaware Valley, near Philadelphia.

The tournament kicks off on Saturday, May 20, with a welcome party at Key Colony Inn, mile marker (MM) 53.8 in Key Colony Beach. Cocktails are to be served from 6:30 p.m. with dinner starting around 7:30.

The drawing for captains is to take place during dinner. Anglers are to fish with a different captain each night.

A captains meeting is set for 3 p.m. on Sunday at Annette's Lobster House, MM 49.5 bayside, near 36th Street, in Marathon.

The first night of fishing runs 5-9 p.m. on Sunday.

Monday offers anglers free time to rest, practice or enjoy Marathon's attractions. Fishing is set for 5-9 p.m.

Tuesday is a free day, with no fishing or meals scheduled.

The final night of fishing is to be Wednesday, 4:30-8:30 p.m. Cocktails are to begin at 9 p.m. at Annette's Lobster House, with an awards banquet to follow at 10.

Entry fee is $400 per angler. A social-only fee of $250 per person is available. The boat fee for three nights of fishing is $1,125, which can be split between two or three anglers. The boat fee includes captain, tackle, bait and licenses.

For more information on the tournament and special lodging rates, contact the World Class Angler in Marathon at (305) 743-6139 or e-mail wca@terranova.net.

To find out about other area accommodations, call the Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce at (305) 743-417 or (800) 262-7284, or e-mail visitus@floridakeysmarathon.com, or visit the Florida Keys & Key West Web site at www.fla-keys.com.