Social events, to be headquartered at the Whale Harbor Inn and Marina complex at mile marker 83 in Islamorada, are to kick off with pre-registration and cocktails Thursday, Dec. 2.
All-release fishing is set for 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 3-4, and 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5. Awards and raffle prize drawings follow.
Optional categories offer boat teams more opportunities to win prize money. Categories include Day by Day, Overall Entry, Grand Puba, Go Big and a Fun Fish entry. Additional entry fees are elective and are not required to enter the tournament, according to organizers.
Entry fees are $750 for the first angler fishing aboard a vessel and $650 for each additional angler. The junior angler (under age 16) entry fee is $300.
Two subsequent fishing events in the Gold Cup Series include the Cheeca Lodge Presidential Sailfish Tournament scheduled Jan. 21-23, 2022, and the Islamorada Fishing Club Sailfish Tournament scheduled Jan. 26-27, 2022, when the series culminates and an overall Gold Cup Series champion is crowned.
Registration: islamoradasailfishtournament.com/ or Dianne Harbaugh at 305-522-4868
Islamorada visitor information: fla-keys.com/islamorada or 800-FAB-KEYS
Florida Keys fishing information: fla-keys.com/fishing
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