UM Sports Hall of Fame annual Keys Dolphin tourney a huge success

A total of 92 boats were entered in the third edition of the recent University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame’s annual Celebrity Dolphin Tournament at the Post Card Inn in Islamorada.

This year’s tournament was the largest fishing tournament the UM Sports Hall of Fame has ever hosted in the Florida Keys. Hosted by former Hurricane and Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, more than 75 former Hurricane players attended the tournament and enjoyed the festivities.

Also on hand was the popular band Live Bait, guitarist and singer Kevin Hurley, a group of fire dancers and a Junkanoo band. Mike Vera, aboard the boat A-Salt- Weapon, caught the winning dolphin, weighing in at 43.6 pounds. The popular Bucket of Bucks pool was claimed by the boat Gotta Love It with a combined three-dolphin tally of 84.2 pounds. Tracy Kerdyk won the Top Female Angler prize with a dolphin catch that weighed 29.3 pounds and the Top Junior Angler was Tommy Smith with a 19.4 pounder. Keith Provin was named the King of Fishes with a 51.4 pound Wahoo.

Proceeds from the tournament benefit Habitat for Humanity of the Upper Keys, The Miami Project and the UM Sports Hall of Fame.

The UM Sports Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring the finest UM student-athletes, coaches and administrators who have excelled in their sport and brought acclaim to the university through their accomplishments. The UM Sports Hall of Fame is open to the public during the week from Noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

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