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Marathon Premier Sailfish Tournament Scheduled April 20-22

MARATHON, Florida Keys — The second annual Marathon Premier Sailfish Tournament is set for Thursday through Saturday, April 20-22, building on the success of last year’s inaugural event that set the standard for a fun competition for a great cause.

The challenge celebrates the friendly yet fierce competition between teams composed of both seasoned and new tournament anglers and the many Florida Keys captains experienced in the art and science of sailfishing.

Founded by Katie Lewis after she witnessed the transformative power of fishing experiences for kids and families, the tournament is registered as a nonprofit. Proceeds are dedicated to Mission Fishin’ and other organizations that fund life-changing fishing adventures for families with special needs. The 2022 tournament donated $10,000 to support Mission Fishin’.

Early online registration opens March 8. Anglers can register online for $400 per adult through April 8 or $500 thereafter. Registration cost per junior angler (age 16 and under) is $200 regardless of signup date.

Participants can register in person for $500 per adult or $200 per junior competitor 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 20, at the Fairfield Inn & Suites Tiki area at 13201 Overseas Highway.

A kick-off event that includes a rules meeting is planned for 4-6 p.m. Thursday at the hotel, with tournament rules to be read at 5:30 p.m.

Fishing is to follow Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Awards await the three boat teams that score the most points for released sailfish and the team that tags the most fish. In addition, individual awards are to be presented to the top male, female and junior anglers.

A Saturday evening banquet with food, drinks, silent auction items and awards presentations is slated for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters, 11710 Overseas Highway. Nonangler social tickets are available for purchase.

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