- From 29 Thu Jan 2015 to 31 Sat Jan 2015 January 29, 2015 January 31, 2015 Parrot Key Resort
While Super Bowl teams make last-minute preparations for the big game, anglers can tangle with a different kind of big game in the Florida Keys: the toothy barracuda, prey for competitors in the 2015 Cuda Bowl scheduled Friday and Saturday, Jan. 30-31.
The all-release flats tournament, designed for anglers fishing in poleable depths of water with artificial flies and lures, got its name because it is scheduled each year on the two days prior to the Super Bowl football championship.
Tournament events kick off at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, with a final registration, captains meeting and gathering at The Angling Company, 333 Simonton St. in Key West’s historic Old Town.
Fishing is scheduled Friday and Saturday and must not exceed eight hours per day. Anglers and guides can leave from and return to the marina of their choice, but rules mandate that by 5:30 p.m. each day they must bring their catch report to the Hurricane Hole Marina, 5130 Overseas Highway at mile marker 4.5 oceanside.
An awards event at Hurricane Hole is to follow Saturday’s fishing.
Awards await the anglers who catch the highest total inches of barracuda in the fly and spin divisions. Each angler can count three fish per day toward their total.
Additional awards are presented to the top team and top lady angler, as well as for the largest individual barracuda released.
Tournament rules allow licensed guides to fish as anglers. The entry fee is $250 for one angler on a boat and an additional $50 for a second, with two anglers permitted per boat. Early registration is suggested to ensure participation.
Tournament information: www.cudabowl.com