Throughout the year, Key West, Florida offers a wide variety of exciting, competitive events. June 26 is the kickoff for the 20th Annual Key West Gator Club Dolphin Derby, where anglers compete for more than $30,000 in cash and prizes.
Online PR News – 22-May-2009 – – KEY WEST, FL - In addition to its world-renowned scuba diving and charming Key West bed and breakfast accommodations, Key West Florida hosts a variety of fun and exciting sports competitions throughout the calendar year. Attracting anglers from around the country, the 20th Annual Key West Gator Club Dolphin Derby will be held this year from June 26 through June 28. During this exciting weekend, anglers will compete to catch dolphin for more than $30,000 in cash and prizes. Tournament proceeds benefit Gator Club scholarship funds for local University of Florida Key West students.
Held at the Kings Point Marina, the Key West Gator Club Dolphin Derby is expected to draw hundreds of prospective anglers and interested spectators. The tournament dates coincide with the height of dolphin season, giving anglers maximum chance to land the much-coveted catch.
Entry fees for the tournament are $150 per adult and $75 per junior angler under the age of 14. Every participating angler is permitted to enter a single qualifying fish on each day of the event's two allocated fishing days.
Registration for the derby closes at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 26, with a rules meeting following shortly thereafter. The fishing competition takes place between 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on both Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28. Anglers can have their catch of the day officially weighed in up until 5:30 p.m. on both fishing days.
"This tropical paradise isn't just all about famous Key West snorkeling. The 20th Annual Key West Gator Club Dolphin Derby provides visitors and locals with a unique experience that only Key West can offer," says Chris Gardner of Best On Key West.
A monetary prize of $5,000 will be given to the angler who scores the heaviest combined weight of both day's dolphin entries. Second and third place cash prizes are $2,500 and $1,000, respectively. Additional prizes, trophies and monetary awards, with an estimated value greater than $20,000, will be given to dolphin challenge division winners for women, men, as well as junior anglers.
In addition to the fishing derby, the tournament boasts exciting social events for everyone to enjoy. A dinner Saturday night at King's Pointe is scheduled, as well as a Sunday night cocktail celebration, including buffet dinner and awards ceremony, which will take place at the Doubletree Grand Key Resort.
"The 20th Annual Key West Gator Club Dolphin Derby is sure to be an exciting and entertaining event for the entire family to enjoy. With good fishing, a fun group of people and the beautiful backdrop of Key West, you simply can't ask for a better event," says Gardner.
About Best On Key West:
Best On Key West is a company offering a variety of action-packed tours in Key West, Florida, including special Key West snorkeling excursions. Whether you're looking to dive or relax on the beach, Best On Key West can help you select the perfect Key West tours for everyone in your family to enjoy.