Hawks Cay Welcomes Inaugural Florida Keys Fishing Tournament, Sailfish Open, March 5 – 8, 2009

February 12, 2009

DUCK KEY, Fla., Feb. 12 /PRNewswire/ — The sport of sailfishing will be at its best in the Florida Keys when Hawks Cay (http://www.hawkscay.com) hosts The Sailfish Open (http://www.sailfishopen.com), March 5 – 8, 2009. The weekend-long Florida Keys fishing tournament, part of the Sailfish Pro Series will bring together 18 teams of professional anglers as well as amateur enthusiasts for competitive catch-and-release fishing in the waters around the resort’s home on Duck Key. The Sailfish Open is the fourth out of six tournaments in the Sailfish Pro Series, which concludes in May with a Post-Season Fish Off and a $100,000 first place payout.

The Sailfish Open at Hawks Cay will unfold over a four-day weekend of sport fishing and events. Registration will take place at the Florida Keys resort on Thursday, March 5th with a Captains Meeting and Kick-Off Party. Fishing will begin Friday and continue on Saturday morning with an Awards Banquet held that evening. An entry fee of $4,350 is required for a team of six anglers with VIP access to all parties and events. Anglers will compete for a guaranteed first place payout of $50,000 and a total overall payout of $75,000.

Hawks Cay is no stranger to competitive fishing tournaments like The Sailfish Open. In November, the Florida Keys resort became the host facility of the Mercury Redbone Tournament and also continues to sponsor “Saltwater Experience,” the #1 rated fishing show appearing on ESPN2 and the VERSUS network. Hawks Cay offers a fleet of charters, full-service 85-slip marina and easy access to prime fishing in every direction.

The Sailfish Pro Series (http://www.sailfishseries.com) encompasses six tournaments from Palm Beach to Key West, including the Sailfish Open at Hawks Cay. Teams earn points for standings in each tournament, and the top five teams and one wild card advance to a Post-Season Fish Off, May 1-3, 2009. The winner earns the title of Sailfish Pro Series Champion, as well as a $100,000 first prize.

The tournament will be produced by Executive Adventures, which also produces the World Sailfish Championship in Key West, The Sailfish Cup in Miami and the new Sailfish Pro Series.

Tournament weekend rates start at $335 per night. For further details please call (888) 443-6393 or visit http://www.hawkscay.com.

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