KEY LARGO, Florida Keys - Strategy-minded anglers can capture up to $50,000 in cash and prizes at the 25th annual Coconuts Dolphin Tournament scheduled Thursday through Sunday, May 19-22, in Key Largo. The Coconuts event is one of the largest tournaments in South Florida, historically attracting more than 400 anglers each year.
A grand prize of $10,000 cash is to go to the angler who brings the heaviest dolphin to the weigh station. If that fish exceeds 63.9 pounds, the current tournament record, the angler is to win a two-year lease on a silver 2011 Honda Ridgeline RT pickup truck valued at more than $10,000 in addition to other prizes.
Registration is set for Thursday, May 19, at Coconuts Restaurant, near mile marker 100 oceanside in Key Largo.
A mini warm-up tournament, exclusive of the weekend's two-day tournament, is set for Friday, May 20, with $2,000 in cash and prizes for first- through third-place anglers.
Saturday and Sunday, May 21-22, anglers compete for the $10,000 overall grand prize or one of the other cash prizes awarded to first- through sixth-place finishers. Cash prizes also are awarded in divisions for female, senior (age 60 and over) and junior (age 17 and under) anglers.
A barbecue dinner and awards ceremony are to take place Sunday at Coconuts after the weigh-in concludes at 5 p.m.
Early entry fee is $150 per adult angler if received by May 1, and includes a silver anniversary T-shirt, gift bag, complimentary drink tickets and admission to the awards ceremony and barbecue. After May 2, entry fee is $170 per adult angler. Entry fee is $50 for junior anglers and social-only tickets.
Event website: www.coconutsrestaurant.com/tournament11.html