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Sailfish Challenge Starts February 24th

February 15, 2011

Sailfish Challenge Starts February 24th

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Over the past few years, the Sailfish Challenge presented by Mercury Marine has produced some of the hottest sailfishing in South Florida. In the last four years, 295 teams combined to release 819 fish in the Challenge. In 2010, Captain Matty Tambor’s Owl’s Nest team was awarded top honors with 9 releases in the one-day tournament, earning a hefty $122,625 paycheck. Tournament participation grew more than 20 percent in the 2010 event and the tournament purse grew more than $50,000 from the previous year.
With its strong ties to the Associated Builders and Contractors organization, the Sailfish Challenge has become one of South Florida’s most esteemed sailfish tournaments. This year, organizers and fellow construction sponsors of the Sailfish Challenge established a new charitable foundation called Reconstructing Lives – a program geared towards providing construction aid to distressed families inside the construction community in South Florida. “Given our existing ties to the ABC and the construction industry, this program is perfectly suited for The Sailfish Challenge,” said Jamie Bunn. “We are excited about the impact we will be able to make in the lives of people who really need it over the long term.”

“Reconstructing Lives is truly a heartfelt cause,” said Bernard Paul-Hus, owner of Hypower, Inc., a local specialty contractor, and sponsor of the tournament. “As contractors we have a unique opportunity to utilize the skill sets within our trade to affect the lives of distressed families within our industry in immeasurable ways. That’s what it’s all about.”   
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The Sailfish Challenge is hosted at the International Game Fish Association Hall of Fame Museum in Fort Lauderdale. This one-day tournament features a unique option to choose from one of three inlets to compete from: Government Cut in Miami Beach, Hillsboro Inlet in Pompano Beach, and Lake Worth Inlet in Palm Beach. This option has made the tournament convenient from various locations in South Florida. Teams must specify which inlet they are checking out of in advance, but can turn their release cards in and weigh in fun fish into any of the three inlets, allowing for maximum fishing time.

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The kickoff party and final registration for the Sailfish Challenge is Thursday, February 24th, from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the IGFA. Fishing is Saturday, February 26th, with the awards ceremony to be hosted at Blue Moon Fish Company in Lauderdale by the Sea on Sunday, February 27th from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The entry fee for the tournament is $675 per team and includes all anglers.
For more information on the tournament, visit or call (954) 725-4010.


Also, if you have a family member or loved one within the construction industry who you would like to be considered for the Reconstructing Lives program, contact the tournament office at (954) 725-4010 for specific instructions on how to submit your formal request for assistance.


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