Mad Dog Mandich Fishing Classic Still Has Bite

Mad Dog Mandich Fishing Classic Still Has Bite
Mad Dog Mandich Fishing Classic Still Has Bite

The Publix Mad Dog Mandich Fishing Classic returns for its fourth year Oct. 7-8, honoring the late Jim ?Mad Dog? Mandich, a passionate angler and former Miami Dolphins star football player.

A top boat prize of $5,000 cash is to be awarded for the highest cumulative weight of the tournament's target species. The second-place team receives $1,000, while other prizes include $500 apiece awarded to the anglers who catch the heaviest dolphin, kingfish, tuna and wahoo.

The tournament?s scheduled kick-off party is set for 4-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, at Ziggie & Mad Dog's Restaurant, mile marker (MM) 83 bayside. Attractions include a silent auction fundraiser, cocktails and hors d?oeuvres.

Anglers can register until 8 p.m. Captains should be present for the tournament rules meeting at 7 p.m.

The following day boats are free to depart at 7 a.m. Fishing is to continue until 3:30 p.m.

All fish must be weighed in between 4 and 6 p.m. at the weigh station at Chesapeake Beach Resort, MM 83.5 oceanside. Cocktails are to be served.

A dinner buffet and live music are to start at 6:30 p.m. under a party tent, with awards scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on the beach at Chesapeake Beach Resort.

Registration is $450 per boat for four anglers, and early entry is $400 if received by Sept. 29. The tournament is open to the public.

A portion of tournament proceeds benefits the Florida Keys? Mariners Hospital.

For entry information, visit

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