Florida Keys PBA Dolphin Tournament: A Challenge for Anglers, Benefiting Two Notable Causes

The Florida Keys Police Benevolent Association (PBA) is set to host the highly anticipated Florida Keys PBA Dolphin Tournament from June 23-25. This event promises not only challenging competition for the participants but also sizable cash prizes. More importantly, the proceeds from the tournament are dedicated to benefiting two significant causes.

A Charitable Event

The tournament aims to generate funds that will directly impact the Autism Society of the Keys and the Love Fund.

  • The Autism Society of the Keys is an organization committed to bettering the lives of individuals and families affected by autism.
  • The Love Fund provides financial support to the families of officers who have been injured or killed while performing their duties.

The Competition and Prizes

The team that manages to catch the heaviest dolphin fish during the two-day fishing tournament stands a chance to win a grand prize. This cash prize ranges from $5,000 to $15,000, with the exact amount determined by the number of boats participating in the event.

  • Cash prizes are not limited to the first-place winners. The teams coming in second to fourth place, the top PBA member, and the leading female and junior anglers also stand to win cash prizes.
  • In addition to this, the angler who succeeds in catching the heaviest tuna is set to receive a rod and reel as a reward.

Event Schedule

The activities kick-off with a captains meeting on Friday, June 23, starting at 6 p.m., at the tournament headquarters located at Oceans Edge Resort and Marina, Stock Island.

  • The fishing competition will be held on Saturday and Sunday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. respectively.
  • Weigh-ins are scheduled for 4-6 p.m. on Saturday and 3:30-5 p.m. on Sunday at Oceans Edge.

After Sunday's fishing, participants are invited to a cocktail hour at 5 p.m., followed by an awards dinner at 6 p.m., catered by Catered Affairs.

Registration and Fees

The entry fee for the tournament is $450 per boat, including up to four anglers, if registered before June 3. From June 3 onwards, the entry fee is raised to $550 per boat.

  • The registration fee includes social passes for four anglers.
  • Boats are allowed to carry up to six anglers, but each additional angler beyond the included four will require an extra fee of $125.
  • Tournament information and registration: keysdolphintournament.com