Marathon International Bonefish Tournament Set for Sept. 21-24

Marathon International Bonefish Tournament Set for Sept. 21-24

The 47th annual Marathon International Bonefish Tournament is set for Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 21-24, in the area known as the "Heart of the Keys."

The popular family-friendly tournament is a favorite of locals and visitors. The entry fee is only $175 per angler and more than 20 awards and prizes are to be presented.

Registration is to open at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, at Sombrero Country Club, 4000 Sombrero Blvd. at mile marker 50 oceanside in Marathon. All social activities are to take place at the club.

A cocktail party is to follow the registration at 5:30 p.m.

Fishing runs from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. A 5:30 p.m. cocktail party is scheduled after fishing on Friday and Saturday.

On Sunday, cocktails are set for 6:30 p.m. to be followed by an awards dinner at 7:30 p.m.

Tournament organizers and local guides set the fishing dates to avoid extreme low tides so anglers can stalk bonefish on the flats.

Anglers can use spin or fly gear. Three line test classes have been established with different point awards: 100 points for bonefish caught on 6-pound line or tippet, 75 points for bonefish caught on 8-pound line or tippet and 50 points for bonefish caught on 10-pound line or tippet.

Individual and team grand champion awards are to go to the top point-getters in each division. The travelers' trophy awaits the out-of-county angler who accumulates the most points.

Men's and women's, permit, new contestant, wet pants (individual and team) for wade-fishing points, and grand slam (bonefish, permit and tarpon) are just some of the other trophies and awards to be won.

For more information, call (305) 743-9424, (305) 743-5406 or (305) 743-7368 evenings.

To find out about area accommodations, call the Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce at (305) 743-5417 or (800) 262-7284, e-mail visitus@floridakeysmarathon.com, or visit the Florida Keys & Key West Web site at www.fla-keys.com.