May 13, 2012
7th Annual Mother's Day Dolphin Tournament Press Release – May 10-11th 2013
Habitat for Humanity of the Middle Keys is proud to announce that this was a RECORD BREAKING YEAR!!!! The Marathon Boat Yard along with Yamaha, who were this year's tournament naming sponsor, were in attendance with the anglers, captains, mates, sponsors and volunteers at the Captain's Meeting hosted by Salty's Waterfront Grill @ 7 Mile Marina to witness to this monumental year!! In total, 156 registered anglers set out to the water in 53 boats. Anglers from Marathon as well as Summerland to Homestead and as far away as Michigan, gathered to compete in this one day Dolphin shootout. Fishing commenced at 7:30 am on Saturday, May 11th and ended at 3:30pm. Anglers weighed their heaviest dolphin catch at The 7 Mile Marina in Marathon with large crowds gathering to enjoy the excitement.
The Saturday night Awards Banquet, emceed by Captain Marlin Scott, turned into a veritable party at Castaway Restaurant and Sushi Bar with prize money and trophies for the winners; wonderful prizes for raffle to attendees. The GRAND FINALE of the evening was the highly anticipated "DRAWING FOR THE BRAND NEW 2013 EDGEWATER 158CS BOAT WITH YAMAHA F70 MOTOR AND EZ LOADER SWING TONGUE TRAILER". This raffle was a incredible addition to this year's event thanks to The Marathon Boat Yard with Yamaha and Edgewater. Only 300 tickets were sold. In honor of Mother's Day, Bruce and Sherry Popham, owners of the Marathon Boat Yard, had
Bruce's mother draw the winning ticket.
A long time resident of Marathon was the winner:
Mr. Bill Heffernan.
1st ~ Ryan Smith 52.6 lbs.
2nd ~ Michael Behrle 41 lbs.
3rd ~ Marc Anderson 33.8 lbs.
Weekend Warrior Category:
1st ~ Alana Lee Hill 35.4 lbs.
2nd ~ Chris Larkin 35 lbs.
3rd ~ Jerry Kaczmarek 28.6 lbs.
Jr. Angler Winner: Randy Culmer (Marathon) 24.2 lbs.
156 Anglers (94 Weekend Warriors, 56 Pro Anglers, 6 Jr. Anglers)
53 Boats **
Money Raised ~ A RECORD Breaking $70,000 was raised at this wonderful event. This money will go directly to the two homes currently being built in Marathon.
**Though most anglers were from Marathon, Florida there were groups of angler registrations (full boat entries) from the following areas from the Keys: Key West (2), Summerland Key (2), Big Pine Key (3), Cudjoe Key (3), Layton Key, and Islamorada.
Boats with anglers also registered from: Virginia, California, Ohio, Michigan, Sarasota FL, Homestead FL, Naples FL, Rhode Island and Okeechobee FL.
Platinum / Main Sponsor
Edgewater Power Boats
Salty's Waterfront Grill
Marathon Chamber of Commerce
The UPS Store
Barbed Fishing Apparel
Dot Palm Landscaping
Specialty Hardware ~ Marathon
Artist, Pasta Pantaleo
Island Tee Shirts
SPONSORS NEEDED ~ DOWNLOAD FULL SPONSORSHIP PACKAGE HERE
Please be sure to join us in 2013 – Call 305-743-9828 for more information.
6th Annual Mother’s Day Dolphin Tournament RECAP
May 11-12th, 2012
The California Wine Club, this year’s tournament naming sponsor, was in attendance with many others as major sponsor Salty’s Waterfront Grill @ 7 Mile Marina hosted the incredible Captain’s Meeting on Friday, May 11th to kick off the 6th Annual Habitat for Humanity Mother’s Day Dolphin Tournament. In total, 136 registered participants (115 anglers and 21 captains) set out to the water in 42 boats. Anglers from Marathon as well as Big Pine, Islamorada, Key West and as far away as Toms River, NJ gathered to compete in this one day Dolphin shootout, raising $37,467 for Habitat for Humanity of the Middle Keys.
Fishing commenced at 7:30 am on Saturday, May 12th and ended at 3:30pm. Anglers weighed their heaviest dolphin catch at The 7 Mile Marina in Marathon. At the close of scales at 5:30 pm a crowd had gathered to see if one last fish might disrupt the leader board.
The Awards Banquet, emceed by Captain Marlin Scott, turned into a veritable party at Castaway Restaurant and Sushi Bar on Saturday night with prize money and trophies awarded for the 5 largest dolphin by weight.
Team Silent Hunter took 1st, 3rd, and 5th Place. All three young men were born, raised and living in Marathon their entire lives: Ely Hernandez, BJ Meyer and Cody Darbie took home a check for $5000 with 29.6 lbs, $2000 with 28.2 lbs., $1000 with 21.4 lbs. respectively. Shane Curry aboard Team Reel Conch out of Key West took 2nd place for $4000 with 29.4 lbs. Kim Wiltsie of Naples, FL took 4th Place for $1500 with 22.6 lbs.
136 Anglers and Captains
Money Raised $37,467