Outback Golden Fly Tarpon Tournament is Coming

Outback Golden Fly Tarpon Tournament is Coming
Outback Golden Fly Tarpon Tournament is Coming

Some of the nation?s top fly anglers shortly will head to Islamorada ? called the sport fishing capital of the world ? for the Outback Golden Fly Tarpon Tournament, May 23-25.

A mandatory rules meeting with dinner is to be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 22, at Italy on the Isles, mile marker (MM) 82.7 bayside in Islamorada.

Fishing days are Monday through Wednesday. Breakfast is to be served from 5 a.m. at the Lorelei Restaurant and Cabana Bar, MM 82 bayside.

Lines-in is to be called at 6 a.m. each fishing day, with lines-out at 3 p.m. All boats are to depart from the Lorelei and return to the Islamorada Fishing Club for an afternoon dockside gathering and weigh-in.

Anglers can fish only with fly gear. Tarpon must measure at least 48 inches in length to earn release points. To earn weight points, a tarpon must weigh at least 70 pounds. Anglers can enter a maximum of five fish for weight points.

All fish must be released alive. A tarpon with a girth exceeding 42 inches can be brought to shore for weighing because it might qualify for a new world record.

The tournament awards banquet is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday at Outback Steakhouse, MM 80 oceanside.

Entry fee is $1,000 per angler. The tournament is limited to 30 anglers.

The tournament?s founder, Islamorada resident Billy Pate, recently died at age 80 after battling Alzheimer?s disease. In 1982, Pate set a world record for catching a 188-pound tarpon on a fly rod. The fishing legend was inducted into the International Game Fish Association?s Hall of Fame in 2003.

Tournament information: 305-942-0428 or csasun@aol.com

Islamorada visitor information: www.fla-keys.com/islamorada or 1-800-FAB-KEYS

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

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