This year's Key West Marlin Tournament, featuring $50,000 in guaranteed cash prizes is set for July 16th. through July 19th. 2014, coinciding with the annual Hemingway Days Celebration in Key West, Florida.
The tournament is limited to the first 75 boats that register, so get your entries in early to be able to fish this always fun-filled sport fishing event.
See our 72 page Key West Marlin 2013 Tournament Magazine for more information and images.
Photos of the 2014 Key West Marlin Tournament!
KEY WEST, Florida Keys -- Gary Eng's white marlin release, coupled with several dolphin catches, helped team Ruckus win the Drambuie Key West Marlin Tournament that ended July 19 in the Florida Keys.
Eng released his marlin on the first angling day of the three-day contest to earn 400 points.
The team ended the tournament with 496.75 points, providing Ruckus the edge to capture the top $25,000 prize.
"We had a lot of fun and are doing things that a lot of people wish they could do," said Eng of Terra Verde, Fla. "But it's probably not as fun as winning a big Powerball."
Also aboard Eng's 61-foot Viking were Patrick Walsh of Terra Verde and Scott Dutton of Islamorada, Fla. Ruckus was captained by Kenny Hyatt of Tampa, Fla., with Paul Murdoch as mate.
Walsh caught a 48.75-pound dolphin, the tournament's largest mahi-mahi.
Second place in the billfish division went to OCD, captained by Sean Leu of Miami. Team member John Harris of Naples, Fla., released a white marlin on the final fishing day to score 400 points, while Naples angler CeCe Imbrie released a sailfish for a team total of 450 points.
Taking third place was High Class Hooker, skippered by Gene Chrzanowski of Key West. The team ended the angling challenge with a white marlin release and 400 points.
The marlin tournament had 180 participants fishing on 32 boats, according to organizers. The contest was part of the annual Hemingway Days festival honoring legendary author Ernest Hemingway, who lived, fished and wrote in Key West during the 1930s.
Beginning January 1, 2008, anglers fishing from HMS permitted vessels and participating in billfish tournaments must use only non-offset circle hooks when deploying natural bait or natural bait artificial lure combinations. Tournament anglers may deploy “J” hooks with artificial lures. NMFS encourages the use of circle hooks by non-tournament anglers to reduce post-release mortality of Atlantic Billfish. For more information visit the NMFS website at http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/