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Key West Marlin Tournament is on!

July 17-20, 2024

During the Annual Hemingway Days Celebration

[Key West, FL / May 21, 2024] The Key West Marlin Tournament, featuring $50,000 in cash prizes and record-breaking payouts in the Marlin and Fun Fish Divisions, is planned for Wednesday, July 17 through Saturday, July 20, 2024, at Stock Island Marina Village in Key West, Florida.
The world-class tournament offers the ultimate bucket list adventure, where anglers of all levels compete for the thrill of reeling in the biggest catches on the famed “Wall.”
“Between Cuba and Key West was a big blue river called the Gulf Stream. That’s where I discovered blue marlin. All it took was the first marlin rising up out of the water like some silver-blue dream, gill plates rattling, jaws shaking the hook. But, I was the one who was hooked.” —Ernest Hemingway, 1931.
“This is a chance to make your own legendary fishing memories with friends and family,” stated long-time Tournament Chairman Tim Greene. “From the electric moment when a massive marlin explodes from the depths to the nightly celebrations swapping stories over cocktails, it’s a week you’ll never forget. The Key West Marlin Tournament combines world-class big game fishing, camaraderie, and that unique Keys ambiance into one unforgettable annual tradition.”
During the tournament’s three fishing days, crews with the most points for blue marlin, white marlin, and spearfish compete to split $40,000, including $25,000 for the first-place finishers. All billfish must be released, except potentially record-setting blue marlin that exceeds 600 pounds. Teams can also enter one fun fish (tuna, dolphin fish, wahoo, or released sailfish) per boat per day for additional points. Marlin division competitors can pay an extra fee to compete for $10,000 in the fun fish division. Cash prizes await anglers who catch the three heaviest dolphin fish, three heaviest tuna (yellowfin, blackfin, and skipjack), and three heaviest wahoos. Official rules and tournament schedule are available at KeyWestMarlin.com.
In addition to spectacular fishing and prizes, the event features nightly festivities, including cocktail parties, dinners, and an awards banquet. Entries are limited to 75 boats—register now to ensure your spot at keywestmarlin.com. Extend your stay for an unparalleled trifecta getaway the whole family can enjoy. Happening in conjunction with the tournament, immerse yourself in the rich cultural experience of the Hemingway Days Festival from July 17-21, 2024, celebrating Key West’s literary icon. Then dive into the beloved mini lobster season from July 24th-25th, allowing recreational snorkeling and diving for fresh, succulent spiny lobsters before the commercial season begins.
Stock Island Marina Village will host the Key West Marlin Tournament event again at their beautiful facilities. Accommodations can be made on your own, and there are many options throughout Key West from which to choose. Sponsors of the Key West Marlin Tournament include The Florida Keys & Key West, Florida Insider Fishing Report, Texas Insider Fishing Report, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, and many more. Additional sponsorship opportunities exist to advertise to this select group and their families. Want more information, use the contact form below and drop us a line or call Tim at (305) 304-0317.
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Want more information, use the contact form below and drop us a line or call Tim at (305) 304-0317