*KEY WEST, Florida Keys* — Anglers can vie for prizes including a guaranteed first-place payout of $10,000 during the 2015 Stock Island Marina Village King Mackerel Tournament slated for Thursday through Saturday, Jan. 29-31.
The angler who weighs in the heaviest mackerel, also known as kingfish, is to take home the $10,000 cash prize. The second- and third-place finishers receive $3,000 and $2,000, respectively, and cash prizes are to be presented through seventh place. Award amounts are based on having a field of 70 paid boats.
Cash awards also await the top anglers fishing on boats that measure 23 feet or shorter, while prizes are to be presented to top female and junior anglers.
A sanctioned event of the Southern Kingfish Association, the tournament is headquartered at Stock Island Marina Village, 7009 Shrimp Road on Stock Island.
Events kick off Thursday, Jan. 29, with a 3-7 p.m. registration at the marina. A mandatory captains meeting follows at 7 p.m.
Fishing begins at 7 a.m. Friday and Saturday, running until 4 p.m. Friday and 3:30 p.m. Saturday. All boats must return to Stock Island Marina Village for the daily weigh-in.
Awards are to be presented Saturday approximately one hour after the last fish is weighed.
The tournament entry fee is $375 per angler before Jan. 16 and $425 after that date.
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Key West visitor information:
fla-keys.com/keywest or 1-800-LAST-KEY
Lower Keys visitor information:
fla-keys.com/lowerkeys or 1-800-872-3722
Florida Keys fishing information:
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