UM Sports Hall of Fame & Museum Celebrity Fishing Tournament Returns to Islamorada June 20-22

SLAMORADA, Florida Keys — Anglers can compete alongside notable sports personalities Thursday through Saturday, June 20-22, when the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame & Museum brings its 2024 Celebrity Fishing Tournament to Islamorada. Started in 2011 in Key Largo, the tournament returns to its longtime Islamorada “home” following a short stint on mainland Florida. 

Gary Dunn, UM Sports Hall of Famer and Pittsburgh Steeler standout with two Super Bowl wins, is to serve as host of the tournament. Since 1996, Dunn has owned the Florida Keys’ landmark Ocean View Inn and Sports Pub at 80450 Overseas Highway bayside. 

A welcome party for tournament anglers, sponsors and participating UM Sports Hall of Fame celebrities is to be held at Ocean View Inn Thursday, June 20. The public is invited to attend the 7-9 p.m. event to meet and greet their favorite UM players. Participating celebrities this year are to include Jimmy Johnson, K.C. Jones, J.D. Arteaga, Randall Hill, Mike Ward and Spencer “Doc” Kellogg among others.

A tournament kick-off party, also open to the public, is set for 5-10 pm. Friday, June 21, on the beach at La Siesta Resort & Villas, 80241 Overseas Highway oceanside, with celebrities in attendance. Events are to include a captains meeting, auctions and dinner. 

Lines-in for fishing is at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, June 22, and fish must be weighed in no later than 5 p.m. The official weigh-in and a dock party is planned for 2-5 p.m. at Three Waters Resort & Marina, 84001 Overseas Highway oceanside. Those who aren’t fishing are welcome to stop by to get photos with UM celebrities and their fish.

The event concludes with a 7-10 p.m. awards dinner and party Saturday night at La Siesta. Cash prizes and awards are to be presented to the top three teams that catch the heaviest aggregate weight of three dolphin fish, with $7,000 awarded for first place, $2,000 for second and $1,000 for third.

The top male, female and junior anglers — determined by the weight of the heaviest dolphin fish caught — are each to receive trophies.

The angler with the heaviest single fish of the other eligible species — tuna, wahoo and kingfish — is to receive the “King of Fish” prize and $500. Optional added-value prize categories require additional fees. 

Tournament entry fees are $225 per angler through June 1, $250 per angler June 2-20, and $300 on June 21. Additional social event tickets are available to the public for the Friday and Saturday evening events.

Tournament proceeds benefit the Ari Arteaga Foundation and the Upper Keys Foundation, as well as the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame & Museum.

Tournament registration and ticketing information: canesfish.com

The public is invited to mix and mingle with notable University of Miami sports stars at events during the June 20 -22 fishing tournament.

The public is invited to mix and mingle with notable University of Miami sports stars at events during the June 20 -22 fishing tournament.

Anglers and UM Sports Hall of Fame sports celebrities mix and mingle during the annual fishing tournament and land-side activities.

Anglers and UM Sports Hall of Fame sports celebrities mix and mingle during the annual fishing tournament and land-side activities.

This article was updated on June 6, 2024 at 5:52 PM
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