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Tuna tourney offers $40G in cash and prizes

The Babylon Tuna Club’s annual invitational tournament will open with a captains’ meeting Thursday and run through Sunday night, with $40,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs and proceeds going to local veterans’ groups.

Starting about 1 p.m. each day, said club chairman Ralph Perone, spectators are welcome at the village docks at the end of Fire Island Avenue to watch the boats tie up and weigh their catch; the tuna caught will be filleted and sold on site at fish-market prices. Bands will provide live music from 7 to 10 each night except Sunday, when the tournament will end with a 7:30 p.m. awards presentation.

The largest catch in recent memory was a 213-pound tuna caught three years ago, Perone said; last year’s winner was a 169-pounder.

The contest attracts crews from Long Island, New Jersey and Staten Island. Anyone wishing to enter may still do so at the captains’ meeting. The fee for overnight boats, which can stay out until Sunday’s final weigh-in, is $1,250; the day boat fee is $400.

For more information, visit the Babylon Tuna Club's website.

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