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Deep-sea fishing, great food, live music, and cash prizes. This is what God invented South Florida for. The 2009 Yamaha Contender Miami Billfish Tournament kicks off this weekend for three days of seaside festivities. With more than $230,000 in cash prizes, the tourney has been drawing the most ardent deep-sea fishermen for over 20 years. There’s fun to be had for the whole family, including several categories for amateurs and pros, prizes, trophies, and cash awards — such as $5,000 for heaviest dolphin and kingfish — as well as arts, crafts, and dockside parties all aimed to entertain while raising awareness for marine conservation.

The revelry kicks off this Thursday with a final registration kick-off party hosted by Texas de Brazil. Along with the famous Brazilian steak house’s delectable appetizers, there will be live Caribbean music, Bacardi cocktails, and raffle ticket and tournament merchandise sales, with the proceeds going to marine enhancement and education programs. One lucky holder of a winning raffle ticket will take home a new 25-foot Contender boat tricked out with a 350 Yamaha 350-horsepower four-stroke motor, Bluewater tower T-top and leaning post, and a Continental trailer. We’re not sure what any of that means, but it sounds awesome.
Thu., April 2, 6 p.m., 2009


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