- From 09 Fri Sep 2016 to 11 Sun Sep 2016 September 9, 2016 September 11, 2016 Tranquility Bay
Robert James S.L.A.M. Celebrity Tournament
Anglers, guides and celebrities are to fish for elusive shallow-water gamefish during the Robert James Sales S.L.A.M. Celebrity Fishing Tournament, set for Friday through Sunday, Sept. 9-11.
Tournament competitors target tarpon, permit and bonefish, and scoring all three in one day is known as a flats grand slam. Points are earned for catching and releasing fish in fly, artificial or bait categories, with prizes awaiting champion anglers, teams and guides.
The S.L.A.M. is the first in an annual Florida Keys trilogy of angling challenges that raises money for the fight against cystic fibrosis, a life-threatening chronic lung disease that is the United States’ leading genetic killer of children and young adults.
Celebrity participants typically include sports stars such as Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Wade Boggs and former Denver Broncos football player Mark Cooper, as well as other notables such as former NASA space shuttle astronaut Bruce Melnick.
The Superfly, a one-day, one-fly tournament sponsored by The Angling Company in Key West, occurs just before the S.L.A.M. The Superfly is based at Hurricane Hole Restaurant & Marina, mile marker 4.5 oceanside, and fishing takes place Friday, Sept. 9.
Fishing is slated for 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Tournament participants and the Redbone family are to gather for a 3-5 p.m. dockside party Saturday and a 3-5 p.m. luncheon and awards ceremony Sunday at Hurricane Hole.
Entry for the S.L.A.M., which includes two days’ charter fees with a professional guide, is $3,700 for a two-angler team. Superfly entry is $350 per angler who also fishes the S.L.A.M. or $500 to fish the Superfly only.
Tournament information and registration: www.redbone.org or 305-664-2002