(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- Amateur, professional, and junior anglers will compete for $20,000 cash prizes at the 9th Annual Blue Water Fishing Classic, on Saturday, May 19, 2012, beginning at 7:00 a.m. The tournament, hosted by Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces in partnership with generous sponsors and The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade, launches from all six Miami-Dade Parks marinas: Bill Bird Marina at Haulover Park, Black Point, Crandon Park, Herbert Hoover at Homestead Bayfront Park, Matheson Hammock and Pelican Harbor.
The three-day event kicks off on Thursday, May 17, at 7:30 p.m. with dinner, open bar and silent auction at the Captain's Party. Then, it's off to the competition on Saturday, May 19. The event concludes with an awards ceremony and celebration on Sunday, May 20, at 6:00 p.m. where winners will receive their prizes and enjoy more food, fun and music.
The Grand Prize winners will be determined by the combined weight of the three largest fish within the species of dolphin, wahoo, blackfin tuna and kingfish. New categories this year include a Dolphin Challenge for teams with the largest dolphin, and a Mayor's Challenge for Miami-Dade County employees. In total, there are more than 20 ways to win!
Cash prizes are awarded as follows: one $5,000 Grand Prize; one $1,500 Lady Angler Grand Prize; one $1,000 Mayor's Challenge Prize. $1,500 1st Place Marina Prize award at each weigh-in site; $750 2nd Place Marina Prize award at each weigh-in site; $250 3rd Place Marina Prize award at each weigh-in site; $100 1st Place Junior Angler Marina Prize award at each weigh-in site. Junior anglers must be 12 years old and younger. New this year: Dolphin Challenge awarding $1,500 for 1st place largest Dolphin; $750 2nd place largest Dolphin, and $250 3rd place largest Dolphin.
The entry fee is $350 per boat by April 30, and $400 after May 1 through the day of the tournament. Boat Entry includes: four anglers, four tournament shirts, captain's bag with other prizes/gifts, and four tickets to Captains Party and the Awards Celebration. Net proceeds from the tournament support Miami-Dade Parks and recreational programming, including fishing scholarships for kids.
Sponsors include: Westrec Marinas, Shoreline Foundation, Inc., Miami Access Tunnel, River Marine Supply, Sea Tow, Industrial Divers Corp., Captain Harry's Fishing Supply, El Capitan Marine and Fishing Center, Kelley Fleet, Loggerhead Marina, New Moon, Therapy IV, Fish Florida and The International Game Fish Association.
For more information or to register, please visit Blue Water Fishing Classic or call (305) 665-5475. Applications are also available at any of the six Miami-Dade County marinas.
About Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department:
Miami-Dade Parks, the nationally accredited, three-time winner of the NRPA National Gold Medal Award and 2009 winner of the Florida Governor's Sterling Award for excellence in management and operations, is the third largest county park system in the United States consisting of 263 parks and more than 12,848 acres of land. It is one of the most unique park and recreation systems in the world. Made up of more than just playgrounds and athletic fields, it also comprises out-of-school, sports-development, and summer-camp programs; programs for seniors and people with disabilities; educational nature centers and nature preserves; environmental restoration efforts; arts and culture programs and events; the renowned Zoo Miami and the Deering Estate at Cutler; the Crandon Tennis Center, home of the Sony Ericsson Open; golf courses; beaches; marinas; campgrounds; pools; and more. For information about Miami-Dade Parks call 3-1-1, or visit Miami-Dade Parks .
About The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade:
The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that supports the Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department's effort to further develop Miami-Dade County's world-class parks system for residents and visitors. Its mission is to create a healthier, more livable and sustainable Miami community by ensuring the implementation of the Parks Open Space Master Plan and the development of year-round park and recreation programs for local children, adults and people with disabilities.