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 2013 Key West Marlin Tournament!
Mark Truett made the most of his first saltwater fishing trip, catching and releasing a 500-pound blue marlin Thursday to win the Drambuie Key West Marlin tournament that ended Saturday.
Truett, of Duncan, Okla., needed about 2 1/2 hours to land the blue. Later that day Bobby Shannon caught a 17.9-pound dolphin to add to the boat's point total and give High Stakes the $25,000 first-place prize.
Capt. Jason Jonas, 27, said that he and his team were a bundle of nerves during the final hours of fishing.
"We caught the blue and the dolphin the first day, but couldn't score a weigh-in fish the last two days," he said. "We tried every opportunity to put more points on the board, but all the dolphin we caught were too small."
It didn't matter. Even though four other teams each released a blue marlin, none of them weighed any fun fish.
Perry Brown, of Jacksonville, released a blue marlin Friday on High Class Hooker, skippered by Gene Chrzanowski, of Key West.
Troy Martin, of Key West, released a blue marlin Saturday on Mr. Z with Key West captain Phil "Curly" McGinn to finish third in the 31-boat fleet.
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/