~ The following article was contributed by beloved Eye of the Hurricane blogger, Delray ~
A few years back when I first moved to South Florida, one of the things I was excited about was the fact that I would get to improve upon my golf game. That lasted about 3 months when on a rainy day my fairway plans got washed out. Luckily, a neighbor was headed out of my development and stopped by to say hello. I explained my dilemma to him and he invited me to head offshore with him to do some fishing. I thought about it for a second and figured it was that or hang around my apartment all day. I choose to head out for my first day of deep sea fishing. That day changed my life. I’ve really only played golf about 10 times in the past 15 years. Given the choice, I’ll take a rod and reel over a set of clubs 7 days a week. If you share this same passion as I do, then you will equally be excited about the upcoming University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame 2012 Celebrity Dolphin Tournament June 29 -30. Yes, that’s the Hall of Fame with 5 national championships, not two or three.
The goal of the tournament, other than to raise money for the UM Hall of Fame renovations, is to benefit 2 local charities: The Shake-A-Leg of Coconut Grove and The Habitat for Humanity of the Upper Keys. All participants will have the chance to fish along side of a few legendary Canes including, but not limited to, Warren Sapp, Bubba Franks and Brett Romberg. Now Brett is originally from Canada, so I suspect he honed his fishing skills fighting salmon when he was younger but now has used these skills in South Florida to catch bigger game.
This year, the 2nd year of the tournament, will begin at UM Hall of Famer Gary Dunn’s place called “The Ocean View Pub & Inn” in Islamorada on Friday night June 29th where the Captains’ Meeting will kick off the tournament. Gary himself will be hosting the event. The next day, after the lines are pulled from the water, angler will take their catch over to the Post Card Inn at Holiday Isle. There, the fish will be weighed and hopefully, fillet and consumed! I had the opportunity to stop by the Post Card Inn a few weeks ago while down in the keys and was fortunate to get a glimpse of just how breathtaking this place was. It will be the perfect place for the awards banquet and after tournament party. Heck, even if you can’t make it down for the tournament I would recommend this place for a weekend stay.
If you are interested in entering the tournament, please see the link below. It is very reasonably priced at $450 per boat which would include 4 anglers. That is only $150 per person (let’s face it, you’re probably doing the math but the guy whose boat your using gets picked up by the other 3). And if you decide you want to add an additional angler, it’s only an additional $100. If you can’t make it out on a boat (like myself unless someone needs an extra) there will still be plenty of activities, including auctions for all sorts of Canes merchandise, trips and probably a few surprises.