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Key West to host World Sailfish Championship

By Staff | Mar 1, 2013

Top national and international fishing teams will test their mettle against Florida Keys sailfish during the 11th annual World Sailfish Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops. The acclaimed tournament is scheduled for April 10-14.

According to chairman and founder Chris King, the prize purse should exceed $1 million in 2013. King said more than $10 million has been awarded since 2003, the inaugural year of the event that has been called the world’s richest sailfish tournament.

The invitation-only sailfish spectacular offers three days of competitive angling complemented by social and charity events. Final registration for anglers is at tournament headquarters at the Westin Key West Resort & Marina, 245 Front St.

The mandatory captains’ meeting will be followed by a kickoff party, color guard presentation and military flyover.

Competition commences with lines in the water at 8 a.m. on Thursday and Friday, April 11 and 12. Lines-out is to be called at 3:30 p.m. both days.

After a nonfishing lay day Saturday, the angling supremacy concludes Sunday with fishing from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Tournament social events include a “cocktails and fish tales” party, a “Duval crawl” exploration of emporiums along Key West’s main street, and the anglers’ awards banquet at Westin’s Sunset Key Guest Cottages at 6 p.m. Sunday.

Competitive angling teams are to request an invitation to participate. The entry fee is $8,000 plus tax per boat for five anglers and a designated captain, and includes six VIP social passes and six gift bags.

Event information and invitations available at www.worldsailfish.com or (866) 550-5580.