Designed for anglers between the ages of 9 and 25, the RedGhost Stalk backcountry fishing tournament is set for Sunday and Monday, July 27-28, in Islamorada. The event features the children of some of the area’s best anglers and guides aiming to land redfish and the elusive ghost-like bonefish. The competition is focused largely on fun and conservation.
Last year, 28 registrants avoided early morning thunderstorms and caught four tournament slams (a redfish and bonefish combination), and six bonefish and 194 redfish total in the 8.5 hours of possible fishing time, according to tournament organizers.
Anglers can enter either the junior division for ages 9-16 or the young adult division for ages 17-25. The all-release tournament kicks off with a mandatory rules meeting at 5 p.m. Sunday, July 27, at the Islamorada Fishing Club, mile marker 82 bayside in Islamorada.
Fishing is slated for Monday, July 28, with lines-in at 6:30 a.m. and lines-out at 3 p.m. A tournament banquet and awards presentation follows at 6 p.m. at the Islamorada Fishing Club.
Proceeds benefit the Islamorada Fishing and Conservation Trust, which is devoted to protecting Keys marine resources and promoting recreational fishing through youth tournaments.
The tournament is limited to 40 anglers -- typically one angler per boat, although up to two are permitted. Professional guides are not required.
Entry fee is $125 per angler and includes a tournament shirt, ditty bag and social ticket. Additional social tickets for non-anglers are $35 each.
For tournament information, visit www.redghoststalk.com. To see the 2013 results and Bob Royall’s photographs, visit the website and click on 2013 results and photos.