MARATHON, Florida Keys - Anglers have a golden opportunity to fish for charity during the silver anniversary of the Faro Blanco Invitational Tarpon Tournament, set for May 18-23.
The angling challenge with a 25-year history of fish tales and foolery helps fund the Ronald McDonald Summer Camp program for disabled youngsters.
Tournament events kick off Wednesday, May 18, with welcome cocktails at 6:30 p.m. at Key Colony Inn, 700 W. Ocean Drive in Key Colony Beach. Dinner is to follow at 7:30 p.m., featuring the tournament's drawing for captains.
Anglers fish with a different captain each evening, in what has become a popular tournament format.
Daily and overall tournament cash prizes are to be awarded to first- through fourth-place teams with the highest point totals, as well as to the top five captains.
A $500 bounty awaits the angler who catches the last legal tarpon of the tournament if it breaks the current 184-tarpon record of the catch-and-release event's history. The prize is split with the angler's teammate(s) and captain.
Entry fee is $1,350 for three nights of fishing per boat, which includes all activities plus the captain, boat, bait and tackle, and Florida fishing license. Daily and nonfishing entries also are available.