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Two back-to-back July marlin tournaments are on tap for anglers in the Florida Keys.
The first is new and being staged in Marathon as a cost-effective prelude to the Key West Marlin Tournament, a decades-old event steeped in angling history and coinciding with the annual Hemingway Days festival in Key West.
The inaugural July 15-17 event is to be held at the Hyatt Place Faro Blanco Resort & Yacht Club. The $600 boat fee includes entry for two anglers.
First- through third-place teams in the pre-tournament are to compete for marlin division trophies as well as fun fish awards for the three heaviest dolphin fish, wahoo and tuna (yellowfin, blackfin and skipjack).
Tournament chairman Tim Greene said the top-scoring team in the pre-tournament is to be entitled to free entry (valued at about $2,000) into the following week’s Key West Marlin Tournament, set for July 20-23 and featuring $50,000 in cash prizes including $25,000 for the winning team.
Final registration for the pre-tournament is set for 5-7 p.m. Friday, July 15, at the Hyatt Place Faro Blanco Resort & Yacht Club, located at 1996 Overseas Highway bayside in Marathon. A captains meeting is to begin at 7 p.m.
Fishing is scheduled Saturday and Sunday with daily weigh-ins at Faro Blanco, which also is to host the Sunday night awards banquet.
Key West Marlin Tournament activities and daily weigh-ins are being staged primarily at Dante’s Restaurant and Pool Bar, located at 951 Caroline St. in Key West.
The awards banquet is set for the Westin Key West on the evening of Saturday, July 23.
Bacardi Oakheart is the primary sponsor of both angling competitions.
Tournament information: www.keywestmarlin.com or 305-292-2710