KEY WEST, Florida Keys — Anglers can compete for cash prizes and benefit a worthy cause during the Key West Association of Realtors Charity Fishing Tournament scheduled Friday and Saturday, June 30 and July 1, in the waters around the island city and the Lower Florida Keys.
Target species are mahi-mahi or dolphin fish, wahoo and tuna. Cash prizes await the boat teams that catch the heaviest individual fish in each of the three species categories. All scoring is based on the weight of a single fish.
Plans call for the 2023 tournament to kick off with a party and captains meeting beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, June 30. The event takes place at the Perry Hotel & Marina, 7001 Shrimp Road on Stock Island, the official headquarters for tournament events.
Fishing is to take place from 7:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Saturday, July 1. Anglers must bring their catches to the weigh station at the Perry’s marina between 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
The tournament dinner and awards presentation are to follow Saturday’s fishing.
The early entry fee is $450 per boat team and enables up to six anglers to compete.
Tournament proceeds are to benefit Fair Insurance Rates in Monroe, also called FIRM. A local grassroots nonprofit organization, FIRM works toward fair, equitable and affordable property insurance for homeowners and business owners in the Florida Keys’ Monroe County.
Tournament information and registration: kwarfishing.com
Key West visitor information: fla-keys.com/keywest or 1-800-LAST-KEY
Lower Keys visitor information: fla-keys.com/lowerkeys or 1-800-872-3722
Florida Keys fishing information: fla-keys.com/fishing