Drambuie Key West Marlin Tournament is Coming

Drambuie Key West Marlin Tournament is Coming

Anglers targeting marlin and other fish are to compete for $50,000 in guaranteed cash prizes in the 2011 Drambuie Key West Marlin Tournament, scheduled Wednesday through Saturday, July 20-23.

The tournament is held in conjunction with Key West?s July 19-24 Hemingway Days celebration. Ernest Hemingway, an avid sport-fisherman, lived and wrote in Key West throughout the 1930s and fought countless marlin in area waters.

Teams that accumulate the most points for blue marlin, white marlin and spearfish during the tournament?s three fishing days are to split $40,000 cash, including $25,000 for the first-place finishers.

Teams also can earn points by entering one fun fish (dolphin, tuna, wahoo or released sailfish) per boat per day.

Marlin must be tagged and released unless their weight exceeds 600 pounds.

Boats in the marlin division also can enter the fun fish division to compete for an additional $10,000. Cash prizes are to be presented for the three heaviest dolphin, wahoo and tuna (yellowfin, blackfin and skipjack).

Final registration is scheduled at 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 20, at the Conch Republic Seafood Co., 631 Greene St. A captains meeting, auction and raffle are to follow.

Fishing is set for 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday, July 21 and 22, and 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 23. Weigh-ins are 4-6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 3-5 p.m. Saturday at the Conch Republic Seafood Co. docks.

Tournament social events include cocktail gatherings, an island pig roast, a fish fry and Saturday night?s awards banquet.

Marlin division entry fees are $1,500 per boat before June 15 and $1,800 per boat thereafter. Entry in the fun fish division is an additional $300 per boat.

Tournament information and registration: www.keywestmarlin.com or 305-292-2710

Key West visitor information: www.fla-keys.com/keywest or 1-800-LAST-KEY

Florida Keys fishing information: www.fla-keys.com/fishing

Social: facebook.com/floridakeysandkeywest · twitter.com/thefloridakeys · youtube.com/FloridaKeysTV

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