Anglers can compete for trophies and prizes for releasing five different tournament species during the second annual Cheeca Lodge All-American Backcountry Tournament. The event is scheduled Friday through Sunday, Nov. 8-10, in Islamorada.
Snook, redfish, permit, bonefish and tarpon are target species for discerning anglers. According to tournament director Julie Olsen, the inaugural challenge in 2012 attracted anglers from as far away as Sussex, England.
Tournament proceeds benefit the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, an organization committed to conserving and enhancing global fisheries through stewardship, research, education and advocacy.
A kick-off reception and welcome cocktail party is set for Friday, Nov. 8, at Cheeca Lodge, the tournament's social event headquarters at mile marker 82 oceanside.
Fishing is slated for 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, based from nearby World Wide Sportsman. Dockside continental breakfast is to be offered.
Tournament participants can attend a spectacular all-American barbecue on Cheeca's beach Saturday, Nov. 9. A lavish awards banquet is planned Sunday, Nov. 10.
Trophies await the individual grand champion and runner-up, team grand champion and runner-up, and champions in the fly, artificial- and general-tackle divisions.
Entry fee is $2,000 per angler and includes admission to three evening social events for the angler and a guest, as well as the angler's guide and a guest.
Registration information: www.cheeca.com, firstname.lastname@example.org or 305-517-4449
Islamorada visitor information: www.fla-keys.com/islamorada or 800-FAB-KEYS
Florida Keys fishing information: www.fla-keys.com/fishing
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