MARATHON, Florida Keys — Steeped in a community’s tradition of giving, the Marathon International Bonefish Tournament, believed to be the longest–running fishing tournament in the Keys, is set for Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 24-27
Begun in 1959 as a five-day where anglers and guides fished in a raucous competition, the angling challenge was eventually shortened to three days but each year anglers are continually drawn to its fun, community camaraderie and affordability - adding to the light-hearted competition is the fact that it is one of the few tournaments that allow anglers to fish without a professional guide.
Notable and celebrity participants have included crooner Perry Como during the early 60s, former U.S. Representative Dante Fascell, Broadway actor David Wayne and Heublein Inc. magnate John Martin of A-1 Sauce fame.
More than 20 locally donated trophies and prizes await participants, including the individual and team champions scoring the largest bonefish and permit, and 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”).
Awards also include the cheeky wet-pants champion titles for anglers wading from shore.
Registration is set for 4 p.m. Thursday, September 24th at Key Colony Inn, located at 700 W. Ocean Drive in Key Colony Beach. A cocktail party follows.
Fishing is to run from lines-in at 8:30 a.m. to lines-out at 3:30 p.m. daily.
Cocktail parties follow the action Friday and Saturday at Keys Fisheries Restaurant, Market & Marina, located at 3502 Gulfview Ave. An awards banquet is set for Sunday evening at Key Colony Inn after the final day of fishing.
The tournament entry fee is $225 per adult angler and $125 per junior angler.
Funds raised each year benefit a Marathon–area charity.
Event information and registration: www.mibt59.com. Barbara Hewlett at 305-304-8682 or Laural Keating at 305-395-1554.
Marathon International Bonefish Tournament
September 24-27, 2015
CELEBRATING OUR 56th YEAR
For More Information contact:
Laural Keating: (305) 395-1554
Barbara Hewlett: (305) 304-8682