Mercury Outboards Baybone Celebrity Fishing Tournament
back for 11th year in Upper Keys
Florida Keys Triple Crown of fishing has angler & team slots still available to “catch the cure for CF”; Permit and bonefish await fishermen in
famed catch, photograph & release event Sept. 28 - 30
KEY LARGO, In the Florida Keys — There’s
still an opportunity to fish with a TV, music or sports personality in the 11TH
Annual Mercury Outboards’ Baybone celebrity fishing tournament, scheduled for
Friday through Sunday, Sept. 28 - 30, in the waters surrounding Key Largo.
popular tournament, headquartered at the Westin Beach Resort (MM 97), is the
second in the fall trilogy series of Mercury Outboards Redbone Celebrity
Tournaments in the Fla. Keys to raise money to find a cure for cystic fibrosis.
in 1991, the Mercury Baybone targets bonefish and permit. Once caught the fish
are all measured, photographed and immediately released at the boat.
artwork by nationally known artists are awarded as prizes to the top anglers and
teams, as well as champion anglers in the general, spin and fly divisions.
Artwork is also presented for the most fish released and the largest fish caught
and released in each target species.
The Baybone’s grand champion angler will also receive a Rolex watch.
Angler and team entries still available
of the tragedies in New York and Washington D.C. several of our anglers have had
to back out of traveling to fish this tournament,” said executive director Susan
Ellis. “So the
tournament has a limited number of openings for participants and team entries,
with great captains to guide them.”
tournament’s $2,500 individual entry fee includes two days of guided fishing
with a celebrity and tickets to all of the tournament’s social functions. For
a two-angler team, the entry fee is $3,000. Tickets for all of the social
functions are also available at $125 per person. Since it’s start in 1988, the
Redbone series has granted more than $2 million to the Cystic Fibrosis
for the Baybone is slated for Friday from 2 to 6 p.m. in the ballroom of the
Westin Beach Resort. Registration is to be followed by a cocktail reception,
rules meeting for anglers and guides, kickoff dinner and live auction. Fishing
is set for 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29; and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday,
awards banquet is scheduled for 7 p.m. Sunday. For more information on fishing
the Baybone or any of the Mercury Outboards Redbone Celebrity Tournament Series
events, call Susan Ellis at (305) 664-2002.
Fishing’s Triple Crown; Competition thick among the best flats fishermen
by many as “the Fla. Keys triple crown of fishing”, the points race of the
Mercury Redbone series is already heating up.
All four of the points leaders from the recent Mercury SLAM in Key West,
are slated to be competing at the Baybone.
the lead with 1000 points is SLAM winner Dan Zicari, Vero Beach, who is also the defending champion of
the Baybone. Second in the standing
is Tim Mahaffey,
Plantation, with 750, followed by Jim Bokor, Tavernier, at 500 points and newcomer Kal
Lauderdale with 250.
the four at the top, both Zicari and Bokor have won the Redbone series grand
championship title and the prestigious gold Rolex that goes with it,” said
tournament director Gary Ellis.
mentioned several other top event anglers who could be factors in the points
race including Joe Viar,
Alexandria, Va., Sharon Sydnor, Ft. Lauderdale, Islamorada’s councilman Jim Mooney
and past series champion Mitch Howell,
series has attracted the ‘best of the best’ of the nation’s flats and
sight fishermen and has been compared as sport fishing’s version of horse
racing’s Triple Crown,” said Ellis. “It combines a camaraderie of guide
and angler plus a unique strategy of hunting the hundreds of miles of Keys
waters in three distinctly different areas for four species of fish (tarpon,
redfish, permit and bonefish) with bonefish the common denominator at each of
the three events.”
2001 points series race concludes with the third Fla. Keys trilogy event at the
14th Mercury/Cheeca Redbone Celebrity Tournament in Islamorada,
November 2 – 4 for redfish and bonefish.
of the Mercury Redbone series event winners will also advance to compete in the
Rolex/IGFA Inshore Invitational Championship next Spring.
Special one-day fly-fishing event precedes Mercury Baybone
Seventh Annual Seamaster Superfly, a one-day, one-fly tournament, precedes the
Baybone as fly-fishermen compete for combinations of bonefish and permit.
is at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, also at the Westin.
is Friday, Sept. 28, from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. A 5 p.m. awards ceremony follows
at the Westin.
Meet the celebs among Baybone events open to the public
public is invited to meet the celebrity anglers from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday and
Sunday afternoons at the Westin following the on-the-water action.
the celebrities competing are two-time NASA space shuttle astronaut Bruce
Melnick, ESPN TV Spanish
Fly show host Jose Wejebe and saxophonist, singer and actor “The Big Man” Clarence
Clemons, who just
performed on the worldwide broadcast America, A Tribute to Heroes and
recently recorded a CD with his 12-piece Band of Faith. The list of
celebs also includes football greats Eric Laakso and Jon Geisler of the Miami Dolphins and two Super Bowls, baseball’s Mike
retired from the Boston Red Sox, and pitchers Bill Hurst
from the Florida Marlins and Rob Murphy
from the Cincinnati Reds. Former world jai-alai star Joey Cornblit
and Miami Channel 7’s Carmel Cafiero,
who won the celebrity division at the Mercury SLAM, will also be there along
with artists James Harris
and Tim Borski
from the Redbone Gallery.
Channel’s Sun 103 will be doing live radio remotes with the celebrities and
anglers from the Westin both days,” said Ellis.
Silent auction and fishing boutique also open to the public
open to the public is the tournament’s silent auction at the Westin. Auction
items can be viewed and bid upon from 2 to 6 p.m. Friday, 3 to 6 p.m. on
Saturday, and 2:30 till the 6:30 p.m. bid closing on Sunday.
“We have a lot of great items from local Keys businesses, art from the
Redbone Galley, boutique items and much more to bid on,” said Susan Ellis.
public is invited to join us for hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar Saturday and
Sunday afternoons at the dockside patio end of the grand ballroom,” she said.
“We’ll also have raffle tickets for our two boating packages from Action
Craft and Hell’s Bay Boat Works, both rigged with powerful Mercury Outboards. It all benefits CF charities.”
Platinum Plus sponsors of the Mercury Outboards title
sponsored Redbone series include Rich Products, Robert-James Sales and Rolex.
Platinum sponsors include Cheeca Lodge, Orvis, Seamaster Reels, Seacoast
Supply Co., Action craft Boats,
American Specialties, Redbone Rods by Hurricane and Hell’s Bay Boat Works.
Seamaster Superfly Tournament registration and kick-off dinner,
Salon B Westin Beach Resort.
Sept. 28, Friday
Continental Breakfast, Seamaster Superfly participants.
“Treetops”, Westin Beach Resort
7:30 a.m. Boats
depart for Seamaster Superfly and GO FISHING.
Baybone Registration, Angler/Guide/Celebrity. Salon C, Westin
2-6:00 p.m. Silent
Auction, Salon C, Westin Beach Resort
3:00 p.m. Lines
out of the water - Seamaster Superfly Tournament.
5:00 p.m. ***
GUIDES for Seamaster Superfly Tournament must
check-in with Scorekeeper prior to 5:00 p.m. ***
Cocktail Reception -Prefunction Terrace, Westin Beach Resort
Guides and Anglers Rules Meeting, Ballroom
MERCURY MARINE/ACTION CRAFT KICK-OFF DINNER
8:00 p.m. Live
GUIDES must check-in with Scorekeeper prior to departure
Continental Breakfast for Anglers, Guides, Celebrities and Guests.
“Treetops” Westin Beach Resort.
Blessing of the Fleet, Boats depart and GO FISHING.
Westin Beach Resort Dock.
Dockside Party, meet the celebrities at Salon B, Westin
***GUIDES must check-in with Scorekeeper prior to 5:00 p.m.***
***GUIDES must check-in with Scorekeeper prior to departure
GUIDES SIGN IN
Breakfast. “Treetops”, Westin Beach Resort.
a.m. Boats may
depart and GO FISHING.
3:00 p.m. Lines
out of the water.
Celebrity Dockside Party. Salon B, Westin Beach Resort ***GUIDES must
check-in with Scorekeeper prior to 5:00 p.m.***
Cocktail Party Salon C, Westin Beach Resort.
Silent Auction closes.
Awards Banquet, Ballroom, Westin
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