13 April 2023

MARATHON, Florida Keys — For enthusiastic anglers, spring means silver kings in the Florida Keys, perfect for participants in the annual Tarponian Tournament slated for May 6-10 in Marathon.

This high-energy tournament mandates that teams fish with a different captain each day. Teams also rotate among the three major bridge channels in the middle Keys — the Seven Mile, Long Key and Bahia Honda bridges — so any potential "hot spots" are shared among all anglers.

Tarponians are to gather Saturday, May 6, for the tournament’s 6:30 p.m. kickoff and meet-the-captains party at Florida Keys Steak and Lobster House, mile marker 48 bayside in Marathon.

Fishing is to get underway Sunday and Monday with lines in at 4 p.m. Lines out is to be called at 8 p.m. Tuesday is a no-fishing day.

The third and final fishing day is Wednesday, May 10, from 4 to 8 p.m., followed by the awards banquet at 9 p.m. at Florida Keys Steak & Lobster House.

Entry fee is $1,400 per angler for three-person teams or $2,100 per angler for two-person teams. Tournament fees cover fishing, banquets, shirts and prize money. Prize payouts are to be determined depending on the total number of teams participating.

Tournament information: David Breznicky at 267-210-1952 or dbreznicky@breznickyassociates.comMarathon visitor information: fla-keys.com/marathon or 1-800-262-7284
Florida Keys fishing information: fla-keys.com/fishing
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