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Florida Keys Fishing Tournament Dates 2014-2015

Florida Keys Fishing Tournament Dates 2014-2015

Florida is known throughout the world for its fishing. The list below will provide you with a comprehensive list of 2014-2015 local Fishing Tournaments. 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.


September 05 to September 07 in Key West
In the first of three tournaments in the annual Redbone Celebrity Tournament Series, also called The Trilogy, anglers target tarpon, permit and bonefish to achieve the coveted “flats grand slam.” The event raises funds for the fight against cystic fibrosis.
Contact: Susan Ellis 305-664-2002
Email: susan@redbone.org

September 09 to September 12 in Islamorada
Islamorada Invitational Fall Fly Bonefish Tournament
The Islamorada Invitational Fall Fly Bonefish tournament is not only the Keys oldest bonefish fly tournament. It’s the most prestigious bonefish fly tournament in the world. Past grand champions include Flip Pallot, Billy Pate, Carl Hiaasen and Andy Mill. A welcome reception and captains meeting is held Tues., and three days of fishing follow.
Contact: Paul Nute 917-412-0136
Email: paulnute@yahoo.com

September 12 to September 13 in Key Largo
Teams of up to four divers compete for cash and prizes. Derby divers who successfully remove invasive lionfish from sanctuary waters can win for most, largest and smallest lionfish. The Upper Keys derby is held at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. Visit REEF website to register; teams of up to four people can join. Registration fee is $120, and includes one pair of puncture-resistant gloves, tee-shirts and four drink tickets per team. Divers can participate in a derby from their own private vessel or join a professional dive operator’s charter. A mandatory captains meeting is Friday, Sept. 12, at 6:30 p.m., at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park.
Contact: REEF 305-852-0030
Email: reefhq@reef.org

September 18 to September 21 in Marathon
Marathon International Bonefish Tournament
For more than 50 years, this challenge awards individual and team champions scoring the largest bonefish and permit, the top anglers in fly and grand slam divisions (for the top spin or fly angler who releases the largest bonefish, permit and tarpon “slam”), as well as the tongue-in-cheek “wet pants” champion titles for anglers wading from shore. The event is one of the few tournaments where anglers can fish without a professional guide. Notable and celebrity participants have included crooner Perry Como during the early 1960s, former U.S. Rep. Dante Fascell, Broadway actor David Wayne and Heublein Inc. magnate John Martin of A-1 Sauce fame.
Contact: Barb 305-304-8682
Email: bnbfishing@comcast.net

September 26 to September 28 in Key Largo
14th Annual Take Stock in Children Backcountry Challenge
For philanthropic anglers, this popular annual gathering proffers an important fundraising opportunity while fishing trout, snook and redfish. Proceeds benefit both local Rotary Club of Key Largo scholarships and Take Stock in Children, a statewide scholarship program for children in seventh through 12th grades. Trophies for first through third place are to be awarded anglers in adult and pro divisions, as well as first-place snook, trout and redfish prizes for juniors age 17 and under.
Contact: Mike Shipley 305-304-0421
Email: mike@islandbayresort.com; host@islandbayresort.com

October 03 to October 04 in Islamorada
A top boat prize of $5,000 cash and a trophy is to be awarded to the team scoring the highest cumulative weight of the tournament’s target species — dolphin, kingfish, tuna and wahoo. The second-place team is to receive $1,000 and a trophy, and $500 and a trophy apiece are to be awarded to the anglers who catch the heaviest of each of the target species. Additional trophies await the top female and junior anglers as well those catching the top grouper and snapper. A portion of the proceeds are to benefit Mariners Hospital Oncology Services.
Contact: Leah 305-667-0399
Email: leah@maddogclassic.com

October 10 to October 12 in Key Largo
The second of three tournaments in the annual Redbone Trilogy, the Baybone targets permit and bonefish to raise money for cystic fibrosis research. Among the celebrities who have fished recent Baybone tournaments is legendary angler Stu Apte, former Denver Bronco and Tampa Bay Buccaneer Mark Cooper and Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Wade Boggs.
Contact: Susan Ellis 305-664-2002
Email: susan@redbone.org

October 13 to October 15 in Islamorada
Islamorada Fall All-Tackle Bonefish & Permit Championship
Known locally as the “Fall All-Tackle,” the three-day challenge attracts energized newcomers to face seasoned veterans, in a competitive format since 1970. Up to 25 participants can fish in the tournament. One angler per boat pairs with a licensed captain to vie for division winners’ trophies. Permit was added to the 2013 challenge for the first time, and the three largest bonefish and three largest permit are to be scored by length, not weight.
Contact: Betsy Bullard 305-587-1460
Email: fishnfever@bellsouth.net

November 07 to November 09 in Islamorada
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 Ellis 305-664-2002
Email: susan@redbone.org

November 13 to November 15 in Islamorada
Anglers compete for prizes and trophies in this second annual event, targeting snook, redfish, bonefish, tarpon and permit. Highlights include an all-American barbecue on the beach at Cheeca, for angler and guest, as well as guide and guest; daily continental breakfast dockside at World Wide Sportsman and an awards banquet, characteristic of the casual elegance that defines Cheeca Lodge & Spa.
Contact: Julie Olsen 305-517-4449
Email: jolsen@cheeca.com

November 14 to November 16 in Islamorada
Female fishing fans can learn or polish angling skills during the award-winning weekend seminar. For nearly 20 years, approximately 7,000 female graduates have immersed themselves in a lighthearted yet skill-heavy curriculum to learn and hone skills in offshore, bottom, inshore and fly fishing, no matter what their experience level.
Contact: Betty Bauman 954-475-9068
Email: fish@ladiesletsgofishing.com

December 04 to December 07 in Islamorada
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: 305-522-4868
Email: ditournaments@aol.com

December 12 to December 14 in Islamorada
Islamorada Junior Sailfish Tournament
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 305-240-9337
Email: fishnbully@msn.com

January 02 to January 04 in Key Largo

Key Largo Sailfish Challenge
Heralding the height of sailfish season, each year this boat tournament is characterized by friendly but serious competition, professionalism and camaraderie among anglers who put their 20-pound test line skills to task. Up to four anglers per boat can register for the event. Cash prizes and trophies await the first- through third-place teams. Auctions and raffles are to highlight the event, whose proceeds benefit the Coral Shores High School band program.
Contact: Tammie Gurgiolo 305-240-9337
Email: fishnbully@msn.com

January 09 to January 11 in Islamorada
In this light-tackle challenge, awards await the grand champion team (boat), first runner-up and second runner-up team, captain and mate, as well as those recognizing the high-point angler, outstanding catch, largest tuna, dolphin and kingfish, most tagged sailfish and hard luck.
Contact: Tammie Gurgiolo 305-240-9337
Email: fishnbully@msn.com

January 15 to January 17 in Islamorada
The Presidential is one of the most prestigious offshore tournaments in the Florida Keys, and is the second leg of the Florida Keys Gold Cup Championship. Anglers compete for beautiful trophies and prizes with sumptuous banquets held at beautiful Cheeca Lodge & Spa.
Contact: Julie Olsen 305-517-4449
Email: jolsen@cheeca.com

February 28 to March 01 in Islamorada
Islamorada Winter Classic
A new, family-formatted boat tournament that is to feature nine offshore target species. Trophies are to be offered top boats in weight and release categories, as well as private vessel and charter divisions. A junior release division is also planned for anglers up to age 10.
Contact: Dianne Harbaugh 305-522-4868
Email: islamoradafishingclassics@aol.com

March 04 to March 07 in Key Largo
Hosted by Jimmy Johnson, two-time Super Bowl winning coach and former head coach at the University of Miami, this prestigious event benefits the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, a South Florida-based cancer-related research, diagnosis and treatment facility. All anglers on the winning boat receive authentic, custom-designed Jimmy Johnson’s NBC Championship rings.
Contact: 305-255-3500
Email: Tod@ci-mgt.com

March 11 to March 13 in Islamorada
Jim Bokor’s Islamorada All-Tackle Bonefish & Redfish Shootout
Anglers vie for top-honor trophies for catches of bonefish and redfish in this newly formatted event, appealing to a broader spectrum of anglers. Divisions in the tournament’s new format include bait, artificial and fly. Awards also are to be given for total release points for each species and to the high-point angler for each day. To be counted toward bonefish and redfish trophies, each fish caught and released must be at least 18 inches in length. An overall grand champion is to be named for both bonefish and redfish in the three categories.
Contact: Betsy Bullard 305-587-1460
Email: fishnfever@bellsouth.net

April 17 to April 19 in Islamorada
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.
Contact: Susan Ellis 305-664-2002
Email: susan@redbone.org

April 24 to April 26 in Islamorada
Islamorada Spring Classic
A new, family-formatted boat tournament that is to feature nine target gulf and backcountry species. Trophies are to be offered top boats in weight and release categories, as well as private vessel and charter divisions. A junior release division is also planned for anglers up to age 10.
Contact: Dianne Harbaugh 305-522-4868
Email: islamoradafishingclassics@aol.com

May 01 to May 03 in Islamorada
A tournament honoring the memory of Nick Sheahan, a Florida Keys student, funds from this event benefit a namesake community scholarship fund, distributing nearly $90,000 to date. Hosted at Tavernier Creek Marina, cash prizes and $25,000 to the angler with the dolphin that beats the state record. Hosted at Tavernier Creek Marina, entry fee for adults is $150, $35 for juniors.
Contact: Marcia Panse 305-393-3733
Email: mpmanate@bellsouth.net

May 15 to May 17 in the Florida Keys
This Keys-wide dolphin challenge allows anglers to fish one tournament from Key Largo to Key West, and weigh in at five locations. An unlimited number of anglers can join a team, in this boat/team event. Visit website for more details.
Contact: Mike Weinhofer 305-395-3474
Email: fishnkw@aol.com

May 18 to May 20 in Islamorada
Golden Fly Invitational Tarpon Tournament
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 16-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 305-587-1460
Email: fishnfever@bellsouth.net

July 10 to July 12 in Islamorada
Hosted by the Islamorada Charterboat Association, this annual event features $15,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs. Competition is open to all anglers and there is no limit on the number of anglers that can participate.
Contact: Dianne Harbaugh 305-522-4868
Email: ditournaments@aol.com

September 25 to September 27 in Key Largo
15th Annual Take Stock in Children Backcountry Challenge
For philanthropic anglers, this popular annual gathering proffers an important fundraising opportunity while fishing trout, snook and redfish. Proceeds benefit both local Rotary Club of Key Largo scholarships and Take Stock in Children, a statewide scholarship program for children in seventh through 12th grades. Trophies for first through third place are to be awarded anglers in adult and pro divisions, as well as first-place snook, trout and redfish prizes for juniors age 17 and under.
Contact: Mike Shipley 305-304-0421
Email: mike@islandbayresort.com; host@islandbayresort.com


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