Fishing for Miracles fact box

19th annual Key West Boats Fishing for Miracles King Mackerel TournamentWhen: Today-SaturdayWeigh-ins: 2-5 p.m. today, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Ripley Light Yacht ClubFirst prize: $25,000

Although the number of early entries received is down slightly, organizers for the 19th annual Key West Boats Fishing for Miracles King Mackerel Tournament are hopeful this year’s tournament will draw more than 200 boats.

Last year’s tournament drew 182 participants, with the event’s charity beneficiaries — the MUSC Children’s Hospital and Coastal Conservation Association-South Carolina — sharing $17,000 from the tournament. The two organizations have received more than $300,000 over the years through the tournament.

“This year we’re looking at $30,000 because of increased sponsorship awareness,” said Brian Vaxmonsky, who co-chairs the tournament this year with John Gourdin.

Fishing hours begin today and Saturday at 6:30 a.m., with the scales open from 2-5 p.m. today and 1-4 p.m. Saturday. The tournament is headquartered at Ripley Light Yacht Club.

Last year’s tournament was won by the boat Juggernaut, owned by Bert Harvey of Beaufort, with a 34.1-pound catch. The Juggernaut crew’s winnings totaled $43,465, including the tournament’s first-place prize of $25,000.

19th annual Key West Boats Fishing for Miracles King Mackerel Tournament

When: Today-Saturday

Weigh-ins: 2-5 p.m. today, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Ripley Light Yacht Club

First prize: $25,000