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Fish For Holly Sailfish Tournament Set For Jan. 5-6 In Upper Keys

Islamorada, Florida Keys – Scheduled each year during the winter Florida Keys sailfish season, the 6th annual Fish For Holly Sailfish Tournament is set for Friday and Saturday, Jan. 5-6, 2024, in Islamorada. 

The family-friendly catch-and-release angling challenge is named in honor of Holly Given, a young Keys woman who was tragically killed in a domestic violence incident.

The event is intended to raise awareness about domestic violence and provide financial support for South Florida domestic abuse shelters, along with scholarships for career training and education for young adults.  

Events kick off Friday, Jan. 5, with small bites, a silent auction and rules meeting at the tournament’s host site, the Islander Resort at mile marker 82.

Prizes await the top three boats; top overall angler; top three male, female and junior anglers; and those who tally the heaviest fun fish catches of mahi-mahi, kingfish, wahoo and tuna.

Adult and junior anglers ages 16 and under are to fish Saturday, Jan. 6, from lines-in at 8 a.m. to lines-out at 3 p.m. Fun fish must be weighed from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

An awards event that includes dinner, a silent auction and raffle is to take place at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Islander Resort for all tournament participants. Nonanglers are encouraged to attend for $65 per person.

Entry fees are $200 per adult and $75 per junior angler through Dec. 20. From Dec. 21 to Jan. 2, registration is $250 for adults and $100 for juniors. Anglers can register online at fishforholly.com.

Walk-up registration, priced at $300 for adult and junior anglers, is available until 9 p.m. Jan. 5 at the Islander.

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