Anglers will target 15 different species in the Key West Fishing Tournament’s Kickoff 2013, presented by Dream Catcher Charters and set for Friday through Sunday, April 5-7.
The kickoff offers $5,000 in cash prizes to be split between the winning anglers. Participants will vie for cash awards for catching the heaviest mutton snapper, dolphin fish, cobia, kingfish, wahoo, mackerel, blackfin tuna, mangrove snapper and grunt. Other cash awards recognize the most releases of tarpon, permit, bonefish, barracuda, marlin and sailfish.
Registered anglers also can compete in the “bonus species” division for an additional entry fee. The prize amount starts at $300 and increases with each entrant in the division.
The kickoff’s final registration is scheduled for 6-8 p.m. Friday, April 5, at the Doubletree Grand Key Resort, 3990 S. Roosevelt Blvd.
Lines are to be in the water the following two days from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
An awards dinner is scheduled Sunday, April 7, at the Grand Key.
The entry fee is $250 per boat for up to six anglers (excluding party boats), and includes two social passes and six tournament T-shirts. “Bonus species” division entry is an additional $50. Additional social passes for the awards dinner are $30 per person.
Entries in the kickoff also qualify for the 48th annual Key West Fishing Tournament, which runs from April through November 30, 2013, and is open to the general public.
Nearly 40 species of fish are targeted during the Key West Fishing Tournament, with divisions for men, women, junior anglers (ages 10 to 14) and Pee Wees (under 10 years old). Visiting and resident fishing aficionados are invited to enter their catches, at no charge, at a tournament weigh station during the event.
The Key West Fishing Tournament strongly encourages the release of game fish. All participating anglers receive certificates noting their catches and qualify for a variety of prizes.