19 April 2022
MARATHON, Florida Keys — The 16th annual Tom Thumb Bull and Cow Dolphin Tournament is to challenge anglers in the Middle Keys Friday through Sunday, April 29 through May 1, with cash and prizes that grow with increased participation.
A guaranteed grand prize of $10,000 cash is to go to the team that catches the largest bull and cow dolphin fish combined. Organizers encourage boats to register, since the top prize payout subsequently increases with the number of teams.
With a field of 60 to 69 boats, the first-place cash award is to be $13,000, with the amount increasing incrementally by 10 boats. If a field of 100 boats is reached, the guaranteed first-place cash prize is $25,000.
Prizes are to be awarded for the largest dolphin fish, heaviest combined weight of three dolphin and for the largest wahoo, blackfin tuna and tripletail. Other awards await the top female angler, junior angler, participant who catches the largest dolphin on fly and more.
Final registration is scheduled between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Friday, April 29, at Big Time Bait & Tackle, 11499 Overseas Highway.
Fishing is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 30 and May 1. Weigh-in each day is 4-6 p.m. at Two Conchs Marina, 11587 Overseas Highway.
An awards banquet is planned for 7 p.m. Sunday at Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters, 11710 Overseas Highway bayside.
Registration is online only. Through April 18, the registration fee is $700 per team of up to six anglers and includes social tickets. After April 18, the cost to register a team is $850.
Tournament information, rules and registration: bullandcowtournament.com
Marathon visitor information: fla-keys.com/marathon or 1-800-262-7284
Florida Keys fishing information: fla-keys.com/fishing
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