- From 24 Thu Sep 2015 to 27 Sun Sep 2015 September 24, 2015 September 27, 2015 Tranquility Bay
Marathon International Bonefish Tournament
Since 1959 fun-loving anglers from around the United States have participated in the lighthearted Marathon International Bonefish Tournament. This year’s edition of the challenge, one of the Middle Keys’ oldest charitable fishing events, is set for Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 24-27.
One of the few tournaments in which anglers can fish without a professional guide, the competition often can be rowdy — a characteristic of its community camaraderie and zeal.
Trophies and prizes are awarded to individual and team champions scoring the largest bonefish and permit, and to the top anglers in fly and grand slam divisions (for the top spin or fly angler who releases the largest bonefish, permit and tarpon “slam”), among others.
Awards also include the cheeky wet-pants champion titles for anglers wading from shore.
Registration for the 2015 tournament is $225 per adult angler and $125 per junior angler.
Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, at Key Colony Inn, located at 700 W. Ocean Drive in Key Colony Beach. A cocktail party is to follow.
Fishing runs from lines-in at 8:30 a.m. to lines-out at 3:30 p.m. daily. Cocktail parties follow Friday and Saturday’s fishing, and an awards banquet is set for Sunday evening after the final day of fishing. All after-fishing events are to be held at Key Colony Inn.
Tournament information and registration: www.mibt59.com