ISLAMORADA, Florida Keys — Anglers are to battle for points for catching and releasing the elusive bonefish in the 34th annual Islamorada Invitational Fall Fly Bonefish Tournament set for Tuesday through Friday, Sept. 14-17.
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. 14, at the Islamorada Fishing Club next to the Lorelei Restaurant and Cabana Bar at mile marker 82 bayside.
Three days of fly-fishing for bonefish follow. Each day starts at the Lorelei, where anglers 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. 15 and 16, at the Islamorada Fishing Club. An awards ceremony is scheduled for 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17, at the club.
The entry fee of $1,000 per angler includes fishing, all social functions and awards. For more information, call 305-942-0428 or e-mail [email protected].
To find out about area accommodations, call the Islamorada Chamber of Commerce at 305-664-4503 or 800-322-5397, or explore the official website of the Florida Keys & Key West at www.fla-keys.com.