$50,000 in cash prizes at Key West's Marlin Tournament

Anglers can follow the lead of legendary writer Ernest Hemingway, who pursued marlin and other gamefish in Key West waters during the 1930s, Wednesday through Saturday, July 21-24.

The tournament takes place in conjunction with Key West’s Hemingway Days, staged July 20-25 to celebrate Ernest Hemingway’s vigorous sporting lifestyle and literary excellence.

Fishing is set for 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday, July 22 and 23, and 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 24. Weigh-ins are 4-6 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 3-5 p.m. Saturday at Stock Island Marina Village.

Tournament social events include cocktail gatherings, an island-style pig roast and a fish fry. Saturday night’s awards banquet and silent auction are scheduled at the Opal Key Resort & Marina, formerly the Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina, at 245 Front St.

Marlin division boat entry fees, allowing two anglers to fish, are $2,100 per boat. There is no maximum number of anglers per boat, but additional anglers must pay $200 apiece. Entry in the fun fish division is an additional $450 per boat.

Key West Marlin Tournament