Dolphin Fish Tournament in Florida Keys Set for June 23-25

Anglers from all walks of life will be gathering in the Florida Keys for a highly anticipated event - the Florida Keys PBA Dolphin Tournament, taking place from June 23-25. This tournament is not just a test of skill, but also a noble initiative to benefit two praiseworthy causes, the Autism Society of the Keys and the Love Fund.

About the Event

  • The Florida Keys PBA Dolphin Tournament is hosted by volunteers working on behalf of the Florida Keys Police Benevolent Association.

  • It's a fishing tournament specifically focused on dolphin fish, an exciting target for anglers due to their fight and vibrant colors.

  • The primary goal of the tournament is to generate funds for two beneficiary organizations: the Autism Society of the Keys, which seeks to better the lives of individuals and families affected by autism, and the Love Fund, which provides assistance to families of officers who have been injured or lost their lives in the line of duty.

Prizes and Awards

  • The team catching the heaviest dolphin fish over the two days of the tournament stands a chance to win a cash prize ranging between $5,000 and $15,000, with the final amount contingent on the number of participating boats.

  • Prizes are also in store for the second to fourth-place teams. Special rewards await the top PBA member and top female and junior anglers.

  • The tournament includes a unique twist: the angler who catches the heaviest tuna will be awarded a rod and reel.

Tournament Schedule and Registration

  • The tournament will kick off with a captain's meeting at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 23, at the tournament headquarters, Oceans Edge Resort and Marina located at 5950 Peninsular Ave. on Stock Island.

  • Fishing will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday. Weigh-ins will occur from 4-6 p.m. on Saturday and from 3:30-5 p.m. on Sunday at Oceans Edge.

  • After Sunday's fishing, participants can unwind with a cocktail hour at 5 p.m., followed by an awards dinner at 6 p.m. at Oceans Edge. The dinner will be catered by Catered Affairs.

  • The entry fee for the tournament is $450 per boat for up to four anglers if registered before June 3. After that date, the fee increases to $550 per boat. Each registration includes social passes for four anglers. While up to six anglers can fish per boat, each angler over the allowed four will have to pay an additional registration fee of $125.

  • Tournament information and registration: