Posted Monday, May 24, 2010
(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- Miami-Dade Parks is calling all fishermen to "go fish" at the seventh annual Blue Water Fishing Classic, Saturday, June 5, 2010, 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. casting off at all six Miami-Dade Parks marinas and the Miami Outboard Club.
The Blue Water Fishing Classic presented by Haulover Marine Center is an annual fishing tournament for amateur, professional, and junior anglers offering a total of $30,000 in cash and prizes for the team with the largest combined weight of the three largest fish within the species of dolphin, wahoo, black-fin tuna, and kingfish.
The tournament operates from all six Miami-Dade Parks marinas and the Miami Outboard Club on Watson Island. The Miami-Dade Parks marinas are: Bill Bird Marina at Haulover Park, Black Point Marina, Crandon Park Marina, Herbert Hoover Marina at Homestead Bayfront Park, Matheson Hammock Marina and Pelican Harbor Marina.
Each participating marina will have a first place, second place, third place, and junior angler winner. The largest first place winner will also be the winner of the $5,000 Grand Prize. The woman with the largest combined weight will be the $1,500 Lady Angler Grand Prize winner. Cash prizes are awarded as follows: one $5,000 Grand Prize, one $1,500 Lady Angler Grand Prize, one $250 Junior Angler Grand Prize, seven $1,500 first place marina prizes, seven $750 second place marina prizes, seven $250 third place marina prizes, and seven $100 savings bonds awards to the first place junior angler marina winners. Junior anglers must be 12 years old and younger.
Tournament festivities kick off on Thursday, June 3, with a Captains Party with dinner, and open bar. Then, it's off to the competition on Saturday, June 5. On Sunday, June 6, winners will receive their prizes at an awards ceremony that includes dinner. Each participating boat team member also receives a captain's bag containing gifts and prizes.
The entry fee is $350 per boat by June 1, and $400 up to the day of the tournament. On the day of the tournament, participating boats must check in at any of the participating marinas by 7 a.m. Boats must remain in U.S. waters and IGFA rules apply. All fish caught must meet local, state and federal regulations. Scales open at 2 p.m. and close by 5 p.m.
For more information or to register, please call Mary Kate Smith at (305) 665-5475, download an application brochure at http://www.miamidade.gov/parks/blueWater-home.asp or pick one up at any of the six Miami-Dade County marinas.
About Miami-Dade Park and Recreation:
The third largest county park system in the United States, consisting of 262 parks and more than 12,668 acres of land, Miami-Dade Parks is one of the most unique park and recreation systems in the world. Made up of more than just playgrounds and athletic fields, it also comprises after-school, sports-development, and summer-camp programs; programs for seniors and people with disabilities; educational nature centers and nature preserves; environmental restoration efforts; arts and culture programs and events; the renowned Miami MetroZoo and the Deering Estate at Cutler; the Crandon Tennis Center, home of the Sony Ericsson Open-the USTA's fifth largest tennis tournament; golf courses; beaches; marinas; campgrounds; pools; and more.