Florida Keys To Host Ladies Dolphinfish Tournament


Fireworks might not be scheduled around the United States until July 4, but they're likely to take place early in Key West as female anglers battle dolphin fish Saturday, July 2. The annual Conch Republic Ladies Dolphin Championship offers a guaranteed cash purse of $7,500, to be shared by top individual anglers and teams in the pre-Independence Day challenge in Key West waters.

The angler that catches the tournament's heaviest dolphin will take home a $3,000 cash prize, while $1,500 awaits the second-place finisher and the third-place winner receives $500. Prizes also are to be awarded to the fourth- and fifth-place anglers.

A $2,500 boat prize is slated for the team weighing in the heaviest aggregate weight of two dolphin, while airline passes await the team on the runner-up boat.

Final tournament registration is set for 6 p.m. Friday, July 1. Captains, mates and anglers are to gather at Conch Republic Seafood Co., 631 Greene St. in Key West's Historic Seaport.

The July 2 angling action is to begin with lines-in at 7:30 a.m. A weigh-in is set for 3:30-4:30 p.m. at Conch Republic Seafood Co., with an awards ceremony and party to follow.

All weighed fish must exceed 20 inches, and anglers are encouraged to release all fish except their heaviest. In the event of a tie, the first fish weighed in will be declared the winner.

The tournament entry fee is $400 per boat.

Tournament information and registration: wave.whacker@hotmail.com or 305-304-7674
Key West visitor information: www.fla-keys.com/keywest or 1-800-LAST-KEY
Florida Keys fishing information: www.fla-keys.com/fishing

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