Key West Gator Club Dolphin Derby
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Key West Gator Club Dolphin Derby

A two-day event over the weekend of June 22-23, 2013 sees Key West Gator Club fishing enthusiasts dropping their lines into the waters off Key West. The Gator Club is affiliated with the University of Florida Alumni Association. The club’s annual Key West Gator Club Dolphin Derby raises money for a University of Florida scholarship fund aimed at local Key West High School seniors.

The dolphinfish is abundant in the coastal waters off Key West, sometimes called dorado, with commercial meat known as mahi-mahi. Despite the name, the Coryphaenidae family are ray-finned fishes unrelated to the mammal called dolphins. These fast swimmers have an average mature size of 15 to 30 pounds.  

Fishing vessels assembling between Looe Key Reef off Big Pine Key and Sand Key Light off KeyWest fish designated waters with timings by a radio signal from The Committee Boat. Participants must strictly adhere to the rules of the International Game Fish Association and the legal limits set by the State of Florida.

Those interested in attending the weigh-ins at the close of each fishing day may contact Key West Oceanside Marina, Sailfish Club. Weigh-ins will take place between 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 pm. on both weekend days, followed by a fundraising dinner on Saturday evening and an awards event on Sunday evening for participants, with a top prize of $5,000 and another $10,000 in other prizes. 

If you’re game and you’ve got a boat plus a hand or two, application entries are open until June 21, 2013 at 7 p.m.    

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