If toothy grins are to you liking, you may want to fish competitively for barracuda in the Florida Keys this week. Anglers are to target barracuda on the flats in the 2013 Cuda Bowl, set for Friday and Saturday, Feb. 1-2. Scheduled just before football’s Super Bowl, the all-release tournament is designed for anglers fishing in poleable depths of water with artificial flies and lures.
Awards await the anglers who catch the largest total inches of barracuda in the fly and spin divisions. Each angler can count three fish per day toward the total. While the tournament’s primary species is barracuda, additional awards are to be presented for the most releases of tarpon and permit.
The Cuda Bowl is to begin with a final registration, kick-off event and captains meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, at The Angling Company, 333 Simonton St. in Key West’s historic Old Town. (see http://www.examiner.com/article/artist-borski-the-angling-company-key-west-create-fishing-synergy)
Fishing is scheduled Friday and Saturday, and anglers must appear by 5:30 p.m. each day for check-in at Hurricane Hole Marina, 5130 Overseas Highway at mile marker 4.5 oceanside.
A social gathering follows Friday’s fishing, and an awards gathering at Hurricane Hole is to follow the close of fishing Saturday.
Tournament rules allow licensed guides to fish as anglers. The entry fee is $200 for one angler on a boat and an additional $50 for a second, with two anglers allowed per boat in a field limited to 20 boats.
Tournament information: www.cudabowl.com
Key West visitor information: www.fla-keys.com/keywest or 1-800-LAST-KEY
Florida Keys fishing information: www.fla-keys.com/fishing
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