Fishing Tournaments

2015 Fishing Tournaments

Islamorada /January 9 – 11
Islamorada Women’s Sailfish Tournament

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

Islamorada / January Dates TBA
The Islamorada SailFly Championship

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.
Contact : Sandy Moret 305-664-5423
Email : sandy@floridakeysoutfitters.com

Islamorada / January 19 -20
Al Flutie Over the Hill Rip-Off Sailfish Tournament

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.
Contact : 305-852-3282, ext. 25

Islamorada / January 21 – 22
IFC Sailfish Tournament

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 : Betsy Bullard 305-587-1460
Email : fishnfever@bellsouth.net

Islamorada / January 27 -28
22nd Annual Swamp Guides Fishing Tournament

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.

Islamorada / February TBD
Bartender’s Sailfish Open

A boat tournament among actively employed bartenders, this locals’ favorite challenge offers trophy awards and bragging rights to winning bars. A hilariously competitive event, the tournament kicks off on Feb. 10, at the Island Grill from 4-8 p.m. Fishing is on Monday, Feb. 11 with a grand awards party on the beach at the Island Grill starting at 7 p.m. Entry fee is $125 per angler. Entry is limited to actively employed bar and restaurant employees who are on the schedule at least one day per week. Teams are limited to 5 anglers per boat. Over the years teams have come from all over the country to represent their bars. Prizes are awarded to the top three bars as well as the top four anglers. Other fun prizes are awarded to hard luck and outstanding catches.
Contact : Dianne Harbaugh 305-852-2102; 305-522-4868
Email : ditournaments@aol.com

Islamorada / February 27-28
Backcountry Fly Championship

Tournament anglers are to compete to catch the most inches of snook and redfish on fly in a competition where one inch equals one point. Awards are to be given for grand champion, runner-up to grand champion, and largest snook, redfish and tarpon. The field is limited to 30 boats.
Contact : Paul Tejera 305-393-2156
Email : captbackbone@gmail.com

Islamorada / March 10-13
Jim Bokor’s Islamorada All-Tackle Spring Bonefish Tournament

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.
Contact : Betsy Bullard 305-587-1460
Email : fishnfever@bellsouth.net

Islamorada / April 17-19
Redbone @ Large Sunrise/Sunset Tarpon Tournament

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

Islamorada / September 18-20
Herman Lucerne Memorial Tournament

Named after the man known affectionately as “Mr. Everglades,” fishing is set against the backdrop of Everglades National Park, challenging anglers who seek the hard-to-reach yet fruitful fishing areas that Lucerne favored. Lucerne spent nearly 40 years exploring the backcountry’s labyrinth of canals, water trails and mangrove mazes, earning the affectionate moniker. The tournament distinguishes the overall grand champion as an individual angler who catches at least four of the seven eligible species: black drum, bonefish, redfish, snook, snapper, tarpon and sea trout. Registration available online http://hermanlucernememorial.com/registration

Islamorada / October 9-10
Mad Dog Mandich Fishing Classic

Anglers compete in an offshore division targeting dolphin, kingfish, tuna, wahoo, snapper and grouper for Top Boat prize of $5,000; or the inshore division in which anglers compete for mangrove snapper, spotted sea trout, redfish, snook and tarpon. A portion of the proceeds of this tournament are to benefit Mariners Hospital Oncology Services. Early entry fee is available. www.maddogmandich.com
Contact : Leah Schillinger 305-667-0399
Email : Leah@maddogclassic.com

Islamorada / October 23-24
Backcountry Fly Championship

Tournament anglers are to compete to catch the most inches of snook and redfish on fly in a competition where one inch equals one point. Awards are to be given for grand champion, runner-up to grand champion, and largest snook, redfish and tarpon. The field is limited to 30 boats.
Contact : Paul Tejera 305-393-2156
Email : captbackbone@gmail.com