INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — The angler who catches the biggest dolphin in this year’s 35th Annual Exchange Club Blue Water Open Dolphin Mania Charity Fishing Tournament will win the top prize of $5,000. The tournament takes place on Saturday, May 21 with a checkout at 6:30 a.m. (weather date Sunday, May 22) at the Fort Pierce City Marina at 1 Avenue A. Registration is 6 p.m. Friday, May 20 by the Marina’s Tiki Bar followed by a mandatory Captains’ Meeting at 7 p.m.
The tournament’s second place winner will receive $2,000, third place gets $1,000, and the anglers who catch the next five largest weighed fish will each earn a $400 Bounty Booty Winner’s prize. Payout is based upon a minimum of sixty (60) entries in the tournament. Prizes will also be awarded to the Junior Angler (age 14 or less), the Lady Angler, and others.
Entry fee per boat is $250. Early entry fee is $200 if postmarked by May 10. The fee to enter the optional Mahi Moolah contest is $100.
All proceeds from the Exchange Club Blue Water Open Dolphin Mania Charity Fishing Tournament benefit the foundation’s local youth-related projects for the prevention of child abuse.