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December 15, 2008

Islamorada Women's Sailfish Tournament set for Feb. 6-8

The weekend's activities are scheduled to kick off on Friday at Marker 88 Restaurant

Camaraderie, professionalism and competition are what drive lady anglers to the challenging Islamorada Women's Sailfish Tournament, set for Friday through Sunday, Feb. 6-8.

The weekend's activities are scheduled to kick off with a 6 p.m. registration, hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar on Friday at Marker 88 Restaurant, mile marker 88 bayside in Islamorada. A rules meeting follows at 7:30 p.m.

Lines-in is to be called at 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 7. The light-tackle tournament's rules require 12-pound manufacturer's stated test line on anglers' reels, and only circle hooks are allowed.

Lines-out is to be called at 4 p.m.

A standings dock party gets started at 5 p.m. at Whale Harbor Bar & Grill, mile marker 83.5 oceanside.

Sunday's fishing is slated to run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Cocktails and dinner are to begin at 6:30 p.m. at Marker 88 Restaurant, followed by the awards ceremony.

Awards are to be presented for the grand champion team (boat), captain and mate; first runner-up and second runner-up team, captain and mate; high-point angler; outstanding catch; largest tuna, dolphin and kingfish; most tagged sailfish and hard luck.

As in past years, activities include a silent auction and raffle, with proceeds helping Voices for Florida Keys Children.

Entry fee is $395 for the first angler and $350 for each additional angler aboard a vessel, up to four anglers per boat.

For more information, call (305) 852-9337.

To find out about area accommodations, call the Islamorada Chamber of Commerce at (305) 664-4503 or (800) 322-5397, or visit t