Florida Keys Fishing Tournaments
Florida Keys 2013 Fishing Tournament Dates
2013 Offshore & Back Country Fishing Tournament Dates
Islamorada is known throughout the world for its fishing. The list below will provide you with a comprehensive list of 2011 Fishing Tournaments in Islamorada. Whether or not you are looking to fish in an offshore fishing tournament or a backcountry fishing tournament, you will be sure to find a fishing tournament that will fit your need.
2013 Islamorada Fishing Tournament
January 4 - 6 - Key Largo Sailfish Challenge.
At the height of the sailfish season this event follows a boat-tournament format, and prizes and trophies await first-, second- and third-place teams. Proceeds help benefit the Coral Shores High School Band program. Call 305-240-9337 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 9 - 10 - The Islamorada SailFly, Islamorada Florida.
The Islamorada SailFly Championship. Islamorada. In this fly-fishing, all-release boat-team tournament, captains, mates or anglers can tease, but only the registered anglers can cast, hook and play the fish. The 13th annual invitational challenge is limited to 20 teams, with no more than two anglers per boat. Call 305-664-5423 or email email@example.com.
January 17 - 18 - Cheeca Lodge Presidential Sailfish, Islamorada Florida.
Now in its 23rd year, the contest is a facet of the World Billfish Series and the second leg of the three-tournament Florida Keys Gold Cup Sailfish Championship. The event kicks off Jan. 17 followed by two days of 12-pound-test light-tackle fishing for sailfish. Call 305-451-5094 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 21 - 22 - Flutie Over the Hill Rip-Off Sailfish Tournament, Islamorada Florida.
Entering its 24th year, this event is "almost too much fun for old guys to handle." Locally called the Flutie, the tournament has donated $420,000 to local and national charities. Anglers age 50 and over are welcome. Call 305-294-9526, ext. 25, or visit http://www.marchouse.org/content/cal...-over-the-hill.
January 21 - 22 - Islamorada Fishing Club Sailfish Tournament, Islamorada Florida.
Presented by the Islamorada Fishing Club, this final leg of the Florida Keys Gold Cup Series offers up to a $30,000 winner-take-all cash prize. The field is limited to 30 boats, so register early. Contact: Islamorada Fishing Club at 305-664-4735 or e-mail email@example.com.
January 25 - 26 - 22nd Annual Swamp Guides Fishing Tournament, Islamorada Florida.
22nd Annual Swamp Guides Fishing Tournament. Islamorada. Always held the last weekend of January, this all-release event offers fishing for bonefish, redfish and snook in the shallows of the Florida Keys and the saltwater fringes of the Everglades. Proceeds benefit the Guides Trust Foundation. Visit www.GuidesTrustFoundation.org.
January 25 - 27 - 22nd Annual Swamp Guides Fishing Tournament, Islamorada Florida.
The angler who weighs in the heaviest mackerel, also known as kingfish, is to go home with $10,000. The second- and third-place finishers receive $5,000 and $4,000, respectively, and cash prizes are awarded through 10th place. Award amounts are based on having a field of 100 boats. Call 305-296-0364 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
February 1 - 2 - Cuda Bowl. Key West Florida.
Shallow-water flats anglers and guides are invited to hook up and fight their barracuda rivals. The event is to be headquartered at Hurricane Hole Marina on Stock Island. Prizes are to be awarded for top angler and guide in light-tackle spin and fly divisions. Call 305-744-0903 or email email@example.com.
February 5 - 6 - Poor Girls Sailfish Tournament, Islamorada Florida.
A large regional charity competition that typically draws more than 200 anglers, the challenge offers 10 trophies recognizing first-, second- and third-place teams, grand champion and runner-up grand champion anglers, and catches of the largest dolphin, kingfish and tuna. Call 305-393-6174 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
February 8 - 10 - Islamorada Women's Sailfish Tournament, Islamorada Florida.
In this light-tackle-challenge, awards await the grand champion team (boat), first runner-up and second runner-up team, captain and mate. Others recognize the high-point angler, outstanding catch, largest tuna, dolphin and kingfish, most tagged sailfish and hard luck. Proceeds aid Breast Cancer Awareness. Call 305-240-9337 or email email@example.com.
February 10 - 11 - Bartender's Sailfish Open, Islamorada Florida.
A boat tournament among actively employed bartenders, this locals' favorite challenge offers trophy awards and bragging rights to winning bars. It's renowned as a hilariously competitive event. Call 305-852-2102 or 305-522-4868 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
February 21 - 23 - Backcountry Fly Championship, Islamorada Florida.
Tournament anglers are to compete to catch the most inches of snook and redfish on fly in a challenge where one inch equals one point. Awards are to be given to the grand champion, runner-up to grand champion, and for the largest snook, redfish and tarpon caught. The field is limited to 30 boats. Call 305-393-2156 or email email@example.com
March 6 - 9 - Jimmy Johnson's National Billfish Championship, Key Largo Florida.
Jimmy Johnson, former University of Miami, Dallas Cowboy and Miami Dolphins head football coach, hosts this tournament which last year served as a fundraiser for the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame, Ray Lewis Family Foundation and Ted Hendricks Foundation. Visit www.jimmyjohnsonbillfishchampionship.com.
March 11 - 14 - March Merkin Permit Tournament, Key West Florida.
This charity flats-and-fly-only tournament has a twist. In addition to catch and release, anglers earn extra points for tagging their fish. The event is held at the Key West Harbour Yacht Club on Stock Island. Call 303-888-4546 or visit www.marchmerkin.com.
March 13 - 15 - Jim Bokor's Islamorada All-Tackle Spring Bonefish Tournament, Islamorada Florida.
The prestigious All-Tackle championship is to go to the high-point angler who catches at least one bonefish in four tackle divisions and one or more weight fish in at least two divisions. Limited to 25 invited anglers with a maximum of two anglers and guide per boat, this demanding challenge features general, fly and spin-casting divisions. Call 305-587-1460 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
March 15 - 17 - Captain Leon Shell Memorial Sailfish Tournament, Marathon Florida.
Features include two full days of sailfishing and a $25,000 cash purse. The winning boat team is to receive a grand prize of $20,000 cash (per 20 registered boats), with cash prizes also awarded to first and second runners-up. Trophies are awarded to top individuals and teams. Proceeds benefit Hospice of the Florida Keys. Call 305-684-9799
April 3 - 7 - Key West Sailfish Championship, Key West Florida.
This challenge features divisions for professional and non-pro anglers, with $50,000 to be awarded to the winner in the pro division and $15,000 for the winner of the non-pro. Visit www.keywestsailfishchampionship.com or call 305-340-2737
April 5 - 7 - Key West Fishing Tournament Kickoff, Key West Florida.
Fifteen target species and $5,000 in cash prizes highlight this open-to-the-public start of more than eight months of exciting Keys fishing. Cash awards await individual participants who catch the heaviest dolphin, kingfish, cobia, blackfin tuna, mackerel, mutton snapper, wahoo, mangrove snapper and grunt, and for boat teams that score the most releases of tarpon, permit, bonefish, barracuda, marlin and sailfish. Junior anglers under age 15 also can fish. Entries in the kickoff also are eligible for the Key West Fishing Tournament, which runs through Nov. 30, 2013. Call 305-295-6601, email email@example.com or visit www.keywestfishingtournament.com.
April 6 - Nov. 30 - Key West Fishing Tournament, Key West Florida.
More than 40 species of fish are targeted during these months, with divisions for men, women, junior anglers (ages 10 to 14) and Pee Wees (under 10 years old). Call 305-295-6601, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.keywestfishingtournament.com.
April 10 - 14 - World Sailfish Championship, Key West Florida.
With a guaranteed first prize of $100,000, the prestigious challenge draws top teams and benefits national and local charities. Elite anglers from around the U.S. and other countries are to battle sailfish in Florida Keys waters. Previous tournaments' overall cash payout has topped $1 million. Call 727-631-0072, email email@example.com or visit www.worldsailfish.com.
April 26 - 28 - Redbone @ Large Sunrise/Sunset Tarpon Tournament, Islamorada Florida.
This competitive challenge is one of approximately 30 events held each year whose proceeds benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Highlights include a kick-off welcome reception with cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and silent auction, daily continental breakfast and dockside lunch and beach buffet for anglers. Call at 305-664-2002, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.redbone.org
April 28 - May 1 - Tarponian Tournament, Marathon Florida.
Rules of this unique three-evening tournament mandate that teams must fish with a different captain each evening. Teams also rotate among the three major bridge channels in Marathon so any potential "hot spots" are shared among all anglers. Call 215-542-1492 or email email@example.com.
May 4 - 6 - Nick Sheahan Dolphin Rodeo, Islamorada Florida.
TA tournament honoring the memory of Nick Sheahan, a Florida Keys student, funds from this event benefit community scholarships for graduates of Coral Shores High School - more than $30,000 to date. Hosted at Tavernier Creek Marina, entry fee for adults is $100, $25 for kids. Call 305-393-3709 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 20 - 23 - Outback Golden Fly Tarpon Tournament, Islamorada Florida.
Special flies, accurate casts and a bit of luck are the recipe for winning this prestigious challenge, using only a tournament-furnished tippet not greater than 20-pound test. Eligible tarpon must measure at least 48 inches in length to earn release points, and weigh at least 70 pounds for weight points. Contact: Betsy Bullard via e-mail email@example.com.
June 1 - 3 - Islamorada Dolphin Tournament, Islamorada Florida.
Hosted by the Islamorada Charterboat Association, this annual event is headquartered at Whale Harbor Marina with $15,000 in prize money. Competition is open to all anglers and there is no limit on the number of anglers that can participate. Call Dianne Harbaugh at 305-852-2102 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 3 - 8 - Don Hawley Invitational Tarpon Tournament, Islamorada Florida.
The world's top fly-rod anglers endure a five-day test of will and muscle, fishing Keys waters using fly tackle and either a 12- or 16-pound tippet. Named for the late fly fisherman and conservationist Don Hawley, the tournament benefits the Don Hawley Foundation, assisting professional fishing guides and supporting backcountry fishery conservation programs. Contact e-mail HawleyTournament@aol.com.
June 6 - 7 - IFC Captains Cup Dolphin Tournament, Isalmorada Florida.
Just three fish are all that's needed to capture the $25,000 winner-take-all grand prize, but the aggregate weight of the three dorado must be the highest in the tournament. Contact Islamorada Fishing Club at 305-664-4735 or e-mail email@example.com.
June 15 - 17 - 8th Annual Island Grill Charity Dolphin Tournament & Fun Day, Islamorada Florida.
Described as a Keys' favorite, This family event benefits Baptist Hospital's Children's Cancer Center. Awards include a $5,000 grand prize for the best three dolphin caught and a Mercedes GLK SUV for the angler that breaks the state record for dolphin. Second and third prizes are awarded as well as most unusual catch, largest tuna and wahoo and to top male, female and junior anglers. Contact Dianne Harbaugh at 305-852-2102 or e-mail KeysIslandGrill@bellsouth.net.
June 17 - 22 - Gold Cup Tarpon Tournament, Islamorada Florida.
This prestigious tournament, whose founders include baseball great and avid fly-fisherman Ted Williams, pits 25 fly-rod anglers against the tenacious silver king for four straight days of fishing. Experienced tournament anglers and novices are welcome to compete. Tournament proceeds benefit children's charities in the Keys. Contact e-mail GoldCup@aol.com.
July 1 - IFC Junior Dolphin Tournament, Islamorada Florida.
Just like the "big boys," junior anglers up to age 18 can compete in this event, where the highest combined weight of three fish is to determine the winning team. Trophies are also awarded in various age groups for the largest fish. Contact Dianne Harbaugh at 305-852-2102 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 19 - 21 - Islamorada Invitational Fall Fly Bonefish Tournament, Islamorada Florida.
This prestigious three-day test of skill and stealth challenges even the most seasoned of anglers as they take to the flats for this elusive fish. The "Fall Fly," as it's called in elite circles, is a test of skill and stealth and has attracted seasoned anglers like Flip Pallot, Billy Pate, brothers Sandy Moret and Randy Moret as well as acclaimed "Striptease" author and celebrity columnist Carl Hiaasen, a seven-time tournament grand champion. Entry fee is $1,000 per angler, up to 25 maximum participants. Contact Rick Orcutt via e-mail RickOrcutt@southernwine.com or visit www.redbone.org.
October 8 - 10 - Bonefishing World Championship/ Islamorada All-Tackle Bonefish, Islamorada Florida.
Only 25 competitors are accepted to participate, with one angler and a licensed captain per boat. The three-day challenge is said to separate great bonefish anglers from the wannabes. Contact e-mail email@example.com.
October 14 - 15 - Casting for Cats Womenís Backcountry Tournament, Islamorada Florida.
In this fundraiser to help control the Upper Keys' feral cat population, female anglers earn points for catching bonefish, permit, tarpon, snook and redfish using bait, artificial lures or fly tackle. Points also are awarded in the "junk fish" category: ladyfish, sharks, jacks and spotted sea trout (speckled trout). Contact Sharon Mahoney Ellenwood at 305-393-6174 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 19 - 22 - Publix Mad Dog Mandich Fishing Classic, Islamorada Florida.
A top boat prize of $5,000 cash is awarded for the greatest cumulative weight of the tournament's target species. The second-place team earns $1,000, and other prizes include the Caribee 15k Kingfish Hook-up challenge awarding $15,000 to the first registered angler to weigh in a kingfish of more than 50.10 pounds. The challenge is limited to the first 200 entrants. Contact Leah at 305-667-0399 or visit email@example.com.
November 2 - 4 - Redbone Celebrity Tournament, Islamorada Florida.
Celebrities join other anglers to catch bonefish and redfish to raise money for cystic fibrosis research in the final event of the annual Redbone Celebrity Tournament Series. Contact Susan or Gary Ellis at 305-664-2002, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.redbone.org.
November 29 - December 2 - Islamorada Sailfish Tournament, Islamorada Florida.
All species count for points in this competition, with bonefish and permit scoring highest. Among many prizes, grand championships are to be awarded in super small fry (up to age 6), small fry (ages 7-10) and junior (ages 11-16) guided and unguided divisions. Entrants are allowed to fish from boats or land, so kids can fish from popular Keys fishing bridges or shorelines. Contact Jim Trice or Sherri Trice at 305-664-3864 or e-mail email@example.com.
December 1 - 4 - Islamorada Sailfish Tournament, Islamorada Florida.
The first leg of the triple-crown Florida Keys Gold Cup Championship Series is characterized by high-flying sail action, conservation and sportsmanship. It's also the only tournament in the Gold Cup series to offer a junior division for anglers aged 16 and younger. Unlimited anglers are allowed per vessel. Contact Dianne Harbaugh at 305-852-2102 or 305-522-4868, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
December TBA - Don Gurgiolo Sailfish Classic, Islamorada Florida.
Part of the acclaimed Redbone at Large series of tournaments, this all-release challenge offers anglers a chance to pursue sailfish in Captain Don's memory. Tournament winners qualify for the 2012 International Game Fish Association Offshore Championship to be held in Islamorada. Contact Tammie Gurgiolo at 305-240-9337 or e-mail email@example.com.
December 5 - 6 - IFC Captainís Cup Sailfish Tournament, Islamorada Florida.
A winner-take-all prize of up to $30,000, along with the prestigious Captain's Cup, is to go to the top boat team - each team is allowed up to four anglers per boat. The guaranteed cash prize is based upon the number of boats registered for the one-day event; for a field of 15 registered boats the top payout is to be $20,000, for a field of 20 boats, payout increases to $25,000 and a full field of 30 registered boats ensures a grand prize of $30,000. The all-release tournament is limited to 30 boats. Entry fee $2,500 per boat for first two anglers; third angler is $300, fourth angler $200. Contact Islamorada Fishing Club at 305-664-4735 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
December 7 - 9 - Don Gurgiolo Sailfish Classic, Islamorada Florida.
Part of the acclaimed Redbone at Large series of tournaments, this all-release tournament offers anglers a chance to pursue sailfish in Captain Don's memory. Up to four anglers can fish per boat. Contact Tammie Gurgiolo at 305-240-9337 or e-mail email@example.com.
December 14 - 16 - Islamorada Junior Sailfish Tournament, Islamorada Florida.
Recreation for teens in the Florida Keys can mean learning from experienced local captains and mates to tie a bimini or rig ballyhoo. One weekend each year anglers aged 16 and younger can apply such lessons in this competition. A maximum of six anglers is allowed per boat. Proceeds help benefit Toys for Tots of Monroe County. Contact Tammie Gurgiolo at 305-240-9337 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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