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August 15, 2008

'Fall Fly' anglers to battle big bonefish Sept. 16-19 in Islamorada

Points are awarded for both weight and release fish.

Anglers are to battle for points for catching and releasing the elusive bonefish in the Islamorada Invitational Fall Fly Bonefish Tournament set for Tuesday through Friday, Sept. 16-19.

Also referred to as the "Fall Fly," the annual test of skill and stealth is to kick off with a 6 p.m. welcome reception and captains meeting Tuesday, Sept. 16, at Islamorada Fishing Club next to the Lorelei Restaurant and Cabana Bar at mile marker (MM) 82 bayside.

Three days of fly-fishing for bonefish follow. Each day starts and ends at the Lorelei, where anglers are to breakfast before fishing and check in after each day of competition.

Points are awarded for both weight and release fish. All bonefish to be weighed must be brought to the Islamorada Fishing Club and then released alive.

Cocktail parties are set for 3-4:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 17 and 18, at the Lorelei. An awards ceremony is scheduled at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, at Braza Lena Brazilian Steakhouse, MM 83.5 oceanside, adjacent to Whale Harbor Marina in Islamorada.

Entry fee is $1,000 per angler, which includes fishing, all social functions and awards.

For more information, call (305) 664-2444 or e-mail csasun@aol.com.