- From 22 Thu Sep 2016 to 25 Sun Sep 2016 September 22, 2016 September 25, 2016 Tranquility Bay
Marathon International Bonefish Tournament
Since 1959, the lighthearted Marathon International Bonefish Tournament has appealed to fun-loving anglers from around the country. Among the Middle Keys’ oldest charitable fishing events, the challenge is set for Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 22-25.
The tournament is one of the few in which anglers can fish without a professional guide. The competition can be rowdy, a characteristic of its community camaraderie and zeal.
Trophies and prizes are awarded to the 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”).
Other awards include the cheeky wet-pants champion titles for anglers wading from shore.
Registration for the 2016 tournament is $225 per adult angler and $125 per junior angler. The kickoff is set for 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22.
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 post-fishing events are to be held at Key Colony Inn.
Tournament information: www.facebook.com/Marathon-International-Bonefish-Tournament or call Barb Hewlett at 305-304-8682