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For Immediate Release:
June 10, 2011

Media Contact:
Doris Howe

"Go Fish" For $20,000 in Cash & Prizes at Miami-Dade Parks' Eighth Annual Blue Water Fishing Classic

(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- 
Miami-Dade Parks is calling on all fishermen to "go fish" at the eighth annual Blue Water Fishing Classic casting off at all six Miami-Dade Parks marinas on Saturday, June 11, 2011, from 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The Blue Water Fishing Classic is a fishing tournament for amateur, professional and junior fishing enthusiasts. This annual event attracts anglers from throughout Miami-Dade County offering a total of $20,000 in cash and prizes. Winners are determined by the combined weight of the three largest fish within the species of dolphin, wahoo, black-fin tuna, and kingfish.

The tournament operates from all six Miami-Dade County Marinas: Black Point Marina, Crandon Marina, Bill Bird Marina at Haulover, Herbert Hoover Marina at Homestead Bayfront Park, Matheson Hammock Marina, and Pelican Harbor Marina.  All fish caught must meet local state and federal regulations. Boats must remain in U.S. waters and IGVA rules apply. Scales open at 2 p.m. and close by 5 p.m. Weigh-in will only be at four of the County's Marina: Black Point Marina, Crandon Marina, Bill Bird Marina at Haulover Park and Matheson Hammock Marina. Please note, there will not be any weigh-in at Herbert Hoover Marina at Homestead Bayfront or at Pelican Harbor Marina this year.

The event's weekend of festivities begins on Thursday, June 9, at 7:00 p.m. with a Captains Party at The Commons, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, where registered anglers can meet and greet prior to the actual competition. Then, it's off to the competition that starts at 7 a.m. on Saturday, June 11, when participants can check in and launch from any of the six marinas.  On Sunday, June 12, at 6 p.m., the tournament will close with an awards ceremony and celebration dinner again at The Commons, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science with.

The Blue Water Fishing Classic awards a total of $20,000 in cash and prizes. Cash prizes are as follow; one $5,000 Grand Prize, one $1,500 Lady Angler Grand Prize, four $1,500 first place marina prizes, four $750 second place marina prizes, four $250 third place marina prizes, and four $75 Junior Angler marina winners. Junior anglers must be 12 years old and younger. Each participating boat team also receives one captain's bag containing gifts and prizes.

To pick up an application and pay the $400 entry fee or for further information contact any of the six Miami-Dade County marinas:

Black Point Marina 305-258-4092; Crandon Marina 305-361-1281; Bill Bird Marina 305-947-3525; Herbert Hoover Marina 305-230-3033; Matheson Hammock Marina 305-665-5475; Pelican Harbor Marina 305-754-9330

About the Miami-Dade Park and Recreation Department (MDPR)
Nationally accredited, a three-time winner of the National Gold Medal Award, 2009 Florida Governor's Sterling Award winner for excellence in management and operations, MDPR 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 MDPR the public can call 3-1-1 or visit Miami Dade Parks


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