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February 27, 2006

Islamorada All - Tackle Tournament Tests Skills and Strategy

The demanding Islamorada All-Tackle Spring Bonefish Tournament is set to kick off Tuesday, March 28...

ISLAMORADA, Florida Keys -- The demanding Islamorada All-Tackle Spring Bonefish Tournament is set to kick off Tuesday, March 28, with an anglers meeting and cocktails beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Islamorada Fishing Club, mile marker (MM) 82 bayside in Islamorada. Dinner is to follow at 7:15 p.m.

The tournament's fishing days are Wednesday through Friday, March 29-31. The tournament is limited to 25 invited anglers, with a maximum of two anglers plus guide per boat.

The All-Tackle is a qualifying event for the International Game Fish Association ROLEX/IGFA Inshore Championship Tournament Series. The winner is to be invited to compete in the Inshore Championship Tournament finals to be held in spring 2007.

The All-Tackle grand champion's award awaits the angler who accumulates the most points by combining releases with weight fish caught using any of four classes of tackle.

The general division is essentially a bait class, with no restrictions on rod, reel or bait except for a prohibition against power reels. The plug-casting division is for conventional rods and reels and bait-casting gear. A spin-casting division serves anglers who favor spinning rods and reels. The fly-casting division limits anglers to single-action reels and eight- or 10-pound tippet. Scenting and tipping of flies or artificial lures are prohibited.

All nonfly tackle classes will be limited to 10- or 12-pound line. The official line must be obtained and spooled at World Wide Sportsman, MM 81.6 bayside in Islamorada. Ten spools are to be furnished at no cost to registered anglers, with additional line available for purchase.

Chumming is not permitted under any circumstances.

The prestigious All-Tackle championship is to go to the high-point angler who catches at least one bonefish in all four tackle divisions, with one or more weight fish in at least two divisions.

The angler who catches the largest permit in the tournament is to receive the Jim Brewer Trophy.

Breakfast is to be served at the Islamorada Fishing Club each morning of fishing beginning at 6 a.m. Hors d'ouevres are to be served from 3:30-5 p.m. each fishing day. The awards banquet is set for 7 p.m. Friday, March 31, at the club.

For more information on invitations and entry fees, call (305) 852-7706, or e-mail jabok@aol.com.

To find out about area accommodations, call the Islamorada Chamber of Commerce at (305) 664-4503 or (800) 322-5397, or visit the Florida Keys & Key West Web site at www.fla-keys.com.