BIG PINE, Florida Keys — Anglers targeting dolphin fish can vie to “catch” cash and prizes totaling more than $35,000 in the 29th annual Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce Dolphin Tournament.
The long-running tournament, presented by the Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce, is set for Friday through Sunday, June 3-5. Events are to be headquartered at Kiki’s Sandbar, located at 183 Barry Ave. on Little Torch Key.
The tournament angler who catches the largest dolphin weighing more than 50 pounds is to be awarded a cool $20,000.
A first prize of $7,500 cash and a trophy awaits the boat team that catches the tournament’s largest dolphin. Second- through fourth-place teams receive cash awards and trophies as well. Amounts are based on a field of 35 registered teams.
Awards in the tournament’s junior division, created for anglers age 15 and under, include prizes and trophies through third place.
The family-oriented tournament kicks off at 5 p.m. Friday, June 3, with a registration party featuring appetizers and a cash bar at Kiki’s Sandbar. A mandatory captains meeting is scheduled at 7 p.m.
Anglers can begin their pursuit of dolphin at 7 a.m. the next two days. Scheduled weigh-in times are 4-6 p.m. Saturday, June 4, and 3-5 p.m. Sunday, June 5.
A social gathering follows the close of Sunday’s fishing, with the tournament dinner and awards ceremony set for 6 p.m. at Kiki’s.
The entry fee is $450 per boat if paid no later than May 30 and $500 per boat thereafter, covering up to six anglers per boat. The fee also includes four passes for Sunday’s awards dinner. Additional tickets for the awards dinner are available for $25 per person.
The first 50 boat teams to register are eligible for the $20,000 cash prize.
Tournament proceeds benefit the Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce and its programs.
Event information and registration: lowerkeyschamber.com/chamber-events/