The 2017 MARCH MERKIN INVITATIONAL PERMIT TOURNAMENT dates are March 13, 14, 15 and 16, 2017.
The tournament events are being held at Key West Harbour Yacht Club and each fishing day starts and ends at Key West Harbour Yacht Club. The Marina is located at 6000 Peninsular Avenue on Stock Island.
On each fishing day, anglers should check in at Marina dock at 8:00 AM. Boats may leave the dock at 8:30 am and begin fishing anytime thereafter. Fishing ends at 5:00 pm. Boats must return to the Marina and check in at the scorekeeper’s table by 6:00 pm .
Please note that NO box lunches are provided for tournament participants.
Also, the rules require that each fish be tagged and photographed with a digital camera which must be provided by the Angler or the Guide. At the close of each fishing day, a Daily Catch Form, marked tape and tagging data sheet must be submitted to the Scorekeeper if one or more fish are caught.
The Scorekeeper must also be shown a photograph on the screen of the digital camera of the fish on the measuring board with tag in proper place. A tagging data sheet must also be filled out and returned to the Scorekeeper.
All proceeds from the tournament after the deduction of direct tournament costs will be donated to the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust and to the Lower Keys Guides Association.
The members of the Tournament Rules Committee are: David Horn, Bob Paulson and Nathaniel Linville.
The Scorekeepers are: Andrea Paulson and Loren Rea
Monday, March 13th – This is a practice fishing day. There is a reception starting at 6:00pm at Key West Harbour Yacht Club. Appetizers will be served and there will be a cash bar. Anglers and Guides will each receive a bag with a number of gifts and other items from our sponsors. Also included in the bags will be an extra set of Tournament Rules and Daily Catch Forms. Measuring devices, tapes and markers will also be given out. A new BTT tagging kit will be provided to each guide.
The March Merkin 2017 Silent Auction is online! Please visit https://marchmerkin.auction-bid.org to register and view the items up for bidding.
You may also text “marchmerkin” to the number 24700 and it will prompt you from your smartphone for registration. We have a lot of great items this year and the proceeds will go to Bonefish Tarpon Trust and the Lower Keys Guides Association.
Auction items will be displayed with a minimum bid. All auction items will be part of a silent auction with results finalized at 5:30PM the final day of the tournament.
We will also have a limited number of extra hats and t-shirts available.
Before dinner, we will go over any rules questions and explain how to measure, tag and photograph fish. At 7:00pm a buffet dinner will be served.
Tuesday, March 14th – Following the fishing, appetizers will be served and there will be a cash bar.
Wednesday, March 15th – Following the fishing, appetizers will be served and there will be a cash bar.
Thursday, March 16th – Following the fishing, there will be a appetizers served at 5PM. At 6PM, awards will be given out.
Chris Bladen Sculpture
Guide to Grand Champion
Chris Bladen Sculpture
Guide to 1st Runner-Up
Guide to 2nd Runner-Up
Guide to Largest Permit