Key West Celebrity S.L.A.M. Benefits Research

KEY WEST — Rubbing shoulders with top sports, television and music stars will be among the prime attractions next month at the Mercury Outboards' Southernmost Light-Tackle Anglers Masters tournament, scheduled Sept. 6-9 in Key West. Started in 1990, the S.L.A.M. targets the big three fish of the flats — tarpon, bonefish and permit. Catching all three on the same day is known as a "flats slam." Prizes of original artwork will go to top anglers and teams in the general, spin and fly divisions. Awards will also be presented for catching the largest fish in each target species and for most ...

August 14th 2001

KEY WEST — Rubbing shoulders with top sports, television and music stars will be among the prime attractions next month at the Mercury Outboards’ Southernmost Light-Tackle Anglers Masters tournament, scheduled Sept. 6-9 in Key West.

Started in 1990, the S.L.A.M. targets the big three fish of the flats — tarpon, bonefish and permit. Catching all three on the same day is known as a “flats slam.” Prizes of original artwork will go to top anglers and teams in the general, spin and fly divisions. Awards will also be presented for catching the largest fish in each target species and for most fish released in each species. The tournament’s grand champion angler will to receive a Rolex watch.

The S.L.A.M., part of the Mercury Marine Redbone Celebrity Tournament Series, is one of four annual Florida Keys fishing fundraisers that benefit cystic fibrosis research. During the last 10 years, the Redbone has donated more than $1.8 million to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

The tournament’s $2,500 individual entry fee includes two days of guided fishing with a celebrity and tickets to all tournament social functions. For
a two-angler team, the entry fee is $3,000.

The Seamaster Superfly, a one-day, one-fly tournament, precedes the S.L.A.M. Registration for the Superfly will be 6 p.m. Sept. 6 at the Conch Republic Seafood Company, 631 Greene St.. Fishing hours are 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sept. 7. A 5 p.m. awards ceremony follows at the restaurant.

S.L.A.M. registration is slated for 2-6 p.m. Sept. 7 in the ballroom of the Wyndham Casa Marina Resort, 1500 Reynolds St. A cocktail reception, rules meeting for anglers and guides, kickoff dinner and live auction will follow. Fishing is set for 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 8 and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 9. The awards banquet is scheduled for 8 p.m. Sept. 9 at the Casa Marina.

The public is invited to meet the celebrity anglers 3-5 p.m. Sept. 8-9 at the Conch Republic Seafood Company. Celebrities will include actor James B. Sikking of “Hill Street Blues” and “Doogie Howser, M.D.”; saxophone player Clarence Clemons, who recently completed a world tour with Bruce Springsteen; actor Ed Marinaro of “Hill Street Blues”; Mike Stanley, recently retired from the Boston Red Socks; National Hockey League Hall of Famer Denis Potvin; and Brian Nelson of “CNN News.”

The public also is invited to participate in the tournament’s silent auction at the Casa Marina. Auction items can be viewed 2-6 p.m. Sept. 7 and 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 8. An auction cocktail party is slated for 5 p.m. Sept. 8, and bidding closes at 7:30 p.m.

The third and fourth tournaments of the series are scheduled for Sept. 28-30 and Nov. 2-4. For more information and tournament registration forms, or for information about the Mercury Redbone Celebrity Tournament Series, call (305) 664-2002.

For lodging information, contact the Key West Chamber of Commerce at (800) LAST-KEY, or visit the Keys Web site at www.fla-keys.com.