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 2017 Florida Keys Fishing Tournaments Calendar

Florida Keys fishing tournaments are a huge part of the 'Florida climate' as this clickable monthly fishing calendar below shows.



Long popular, these fishing events provide a chance for some friendly Florida Keys fishing competition to see who's going to go home with the next big saltwater trophy.

These exhilarating tournament fishing contests attract entrants the same way sailfish are drawn to ballyhoo.

You can fish singly, in groups, or even team up with Key West fishing guides for the very popular Cuda Bowl held each year.

Whether your idea of fun is going to Key West fly fishing for permit, Islamorada deep sea fishing for sailfish, Key Largo back country fishing, or Marathon tarpon fishing, there's a fish tournament for you.

Since fishing in Florida Keys is always good, there's typically a fishing tournament going on some where in the Florida Keys. This also means that some fishing tournaments will occur during the rainy season.

Key West Charter Fishing Boats Heading out for a Tournament


Key West Charter Boats Heading Out to a Florida Keys Fishing Tournament
Florida State Archives, Florida Memory, Dale M. McDonald Collection


The rainy season happens to coincide with Florida Keys hurricane season, which technically lasts from June 1 - November 30. This means enrollment could be down for a particular Florida Keys fishing event or an event could be cancelled or delayed completely.

To provide you with the most current information on Florida Keys fishing tournaments, we've spoken to a number of Tournament Directors. However, even the best plans can go awry when mother nature decides to have her way.

Since no one can predict the weather, or the outcome of unforeseen events, you may want to check with the contacts listed to confirm the status and accuracy of any fishing tournament.

Since mother nature does what mother nature wants to, if a tournament gets cancelled but you're still on vacation and want to do some serious fishing, you'll want to check out these different Florida Keys fishing charters.

The highlighted box below breaks down the fishing charters by region. Once on the page for that area you can begin to fine tune your search.

You can narrow the fishing charter companies down by:
1. Type of fish they catch
2. Where they go - deep sea, reef/wreck, inshore, flats, backcountry
3. Type of tackle you prefer to use
4. Check rates and availability

What could be better than coming to the Florida Keys for a fishing tournament and then top it off with a few more days of fun, specifically targeting the fish and areas YOU WANT TO FISH!



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FLORIDA KEYS FISHING TOURNAMENTS

January, 2017

January 6 to January 8 in Key Largo
21st Annual Key Largo Sailfish Challenge

Florida Keys fishing tournaments kick of with this challenge which is part of the acclaimed Redbone at Large series. Traditionally friendly, this serious competition, pits professionalism and skill among anglers fishing with 20-pound test line.

Up to four anglers per boat can register. Cash prizes and trophies are awarded to the first - third place teams. Entry fee.

Proceeds from auctions and raffles benefit the Coral Shores High School band program. Held in Islamorada, FL

contact: Tammie Gurgiolo 305-240-9337
email: fishnbully@msn.com

January 11 to January 12 in Islamorada
Islamorada SailFly

Florida Keys fishing tournaments are also fun when they add in a different twist. The fly fishing all-release captains, mates or anglers of the sailfish boat team can tease, but only the registered anglers can cast, hook and play the fish. Tournament rules are IGFA format.

The invitational challenge is limited to 20 boats.

contact: Sandy Moret 305-664-5423 email: sandy@floridakeysoutfitters.com

January 16 to January 17 in Islamorada
Al Flutie Over the Hill Rip-Off Sailfish Tournament

This long standing Florida Keys fishing tournaments event is known to many anglers as "almost too much fun for old guys to handle." Locally called the Flutie, the tournament is the donor of more than $400,000 to local and national charities. Age restriction is set at 50 or older.

contact: Susan Ellis 305-664-2002
email: susan@redbone.org

January 19 to January 21 in Islamorada
Cheeca Lodge Presidential Sailfish Tournament

Of all the Florida Keys fishing tournaments this is one of the long standing traditions and is the second leg of the three-tournament Florida Keys Gold Cup Sailfish Championship.

Part of the World Billfish Series, anglers use 12-pound test light tackle to battle the mighty leaping pelagic fighters.

contact: 305-451-5094
email: lizhillfirst@bellsouth.net

January 25 to January 26 in Islamorada
Islamorada Fishing Club (IFC) Sailfish Tournament

The final leg of the Florida Keys Gold Cup Series offers a potential $30,000 winner-take-all cash prize. A maximum of 30 boats are eligible to participate to make sure you enroll early.

contact: Vinnie Feola at Islamorada Fishing Club, 305-664-4735
email: vinnie@theislamoradafishingclub.com

January 27 to January 29, Key West
Stock Island Village Marina King Mackerel Tournament

Key West FL is the site of the annual winter migration for big king mackerel aka kingfish. $10,000 is the equally large prize awarded to the winner of this exciting Florida fishing tournament.

contact: Lee Murray 305-296-0364
email: lee@murraymarine.com





February, 2017

February 1 to February 2 in Key Largo
(Held first Wednesday of every February)
Poor Girls Sailfish Tournament

Held at Whale Harbor, kick off is Tuesday with fishing Wednesday for this large regional charity competition that typically draws more than 200 anglers. The fishing challenge offers ten trophies, including first, second, and third place teams. Prizes are also given for Grand champion and runner-up grand champion anglers, and the largest dolphin, kingfish and tuna.

Entry fee is per angler, and includes the kick-off party and awards banquet. Not For Profit, 100% charity.

contact: Sharon Mahoney Ellenwood 305-664-2012 email: sharellen@netzero.net

February 2 to February 4 in Key West
Cuda Bowl

Bring it on to this barracuda challenge where anglers and guides will fish the shallow flats for this great fighter.

Headquartered at Hurricane Hole Marina, on Stock Island, prizes are given to top angler and guide in light tackle spin and fly divisions. Additionally, a large gift certificate to Hurricane Hole Restaurant and Bar and a trophy will be presented.

Entry fee is $250 for one angler, and $300 for two.

contact: Justin or Loren Rea 305-360-6969
email: info@cudabowl.com

February 3 to February 4 in Islamorada
26th Annual Swamp Guides Ball Fishing Tournament

This all-release event for bonefish, redfish and snook takes place in the shallow waters of the Florida Keys and the saltwater fringes of the Everglades.
entry forms and info: www.fkfga.org/swampguidesball.html

February 3 to February 5 in Islamorada
Islamorada Women's Sailfish Tournament

The Grand Champion team (boat), plus first and second runner up teams receive prizes in this event. Prizes are also awarded to captain and mate, high point angler, outstanding catch, largest tuna, dolphin (mahi mahi aka dorado), kingfish, most tagged sailfish and for plain old bad luck.

Proceeds help the Cancer Foundation of the Florida Keys.

contact: Tammie Gurgiolo 305-240-9337
email: fishnbully@msn.com

February 12 to February 13 in Islamorada
Islamorada Bartender's Sailfish Open

This Florida Keys fishing tournaments known for being a lot of fun, and having it's own unique flavor. In some ways, it's sort of like the TV show 'Cheers' and the ongoing competition they had with their rival Boston bar.

This boat tournament involves actively employed bartenders. A local favorite, this hilarious, fun and competitive event offers trophy awards and bragging rights to winning bars.

The 2017 Bartenders Sailfish Open will kick off on February 12. Fishing will be on February 13 followed by the awards banquet.

contact: Dianne Harbaugh 305-852-2102; 305-522-4868
email: ditournaments@aol.com

February 24 to February 25 in Islamorada
Spring Backcountry Fly Championship

Snook and redfish on fly are the focus of this Florida Keys fishing tournaments competition. Anglers compete to catch the most inches of snook and redfish. The grading is one inch = one point.

Rules mandate that only two catches of each species over the two days of fishing can be counted toward an angler's total inches. Grand champion, runner-up to grand champion, and anglers with largest snook, redfish and tarpon received prizes.

contact: Paul Tejera 305-393-2156
email: captbackbone@gmail.com

February 24 to February 26 in Islamorada
Islamorada Winter Classic

This Florida Keys fishing tournament is family-formatted and features anglers targeting nine offshore species. Top boats in weight and release categories are awarded trophies, as well as private vessel and charter divisions. For fishermen ages 10 and under a Junior Release Division is planned.

contact: Dianne Harbaugh 305-522-4868
email: islamoradafishingclassics@aol.com





March, 2017

March 3 to March 4 in Key Largo
Annual Charity Billfish Blast

Event takes place at the Ocean Reef Club with proceeds benefitting the developmentally disabled aided by the Twin Palms Center.

contact: Edgar Benes - 561-866-6075, Lisa Mundell - 561-392-5444
email: ebenes@beneslaw.com, lmundell@paradisebank.com

March 7 to March 10 in Islamorada
Jim Bokor's Islamorada All-Tackle Spring Bonefish Tournament

This demanding and prestigious All-Tackle championship tests the anglers true skills. The prize goes to the high-point angler who catches at least one bonefish in all four tackle divisions and one or more weight fish in at least two divisions.

This Florida Keys fishing tournaments demanding challenge is with general, fly and spin-casting divisions. Participation is restricted to a maximum of 25 invited anglers, and a maximum of two anglers plus guide per boat.

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

March 8 to March 11 in Key Largo
Jimmy Johnson's National Championship Fishing: Quest for the Ring

This large Florida Keys Celebrity Fishing Tournament is a 4 day, action packed event, loaded with one of the all time largest purses.

The tournament kicks off with a 1 day Celebrity Pro AM fishing event.

Then there is the exciting 2 day National Billfish Championship hosted by Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. This fishing tournament sports the largest purse in sportfishing history with a guaranteed purse of $1 million.

Entry fees for this much anticipated sport fishing event is $2,500 or $5,000. There are also optional entries across the board at $35,000 to fish for $1,000,000.

Finally there is a 1 day Sportfish Championship hosted by Contender Boats and Garmin. The entry fees for this Florida Keys fishing tournament start at $395 with additional optional entries.

contact: 305-255-3500
email: info@jjfishweek.com

March 13 to March 16 in Key West
March Merkin Permit Tournament

Catching permit on a fly can be hard, but this charity has added a new angle to the fun. This flats-and-fly-only tournament is not only catch and release, anglers earn extra points for tagging their caught fish.

Held at the Key West Harbour Yacht Club on Stock Island.

contact: Dave Horn
email: daviddhorn@gmail.com





April, 2017

April 5 to April 8 in Key West
Viking Yachts Key West Challenge

A Florida Keys fishing tournament open to all Viking owners. Come join this family friendly, fun tournament where trophies are awarded and up to 6 people per boat can participate. Tournament features two fishing days and one day with anglers focusing on sailfish. Additional categories include tuna, dolphin, kingfish and wahoo. Boats can utilize four Key West Marinas for dockage: A&B Marina, Conch Harbor Marina, The Galleon Marina and Key West Bight Marina.

registration packages: marketing@vikingyachts.com

April 7 to April 9 in Key West
Key West Fishing Tournament Kickoff

The kickoff to the popular 8 month Key West Fishing Tournament focuses on targeting 15 saltwater species with $5,000 in cash prizes awarded to anglers. Each fisherman's goal is to catch the heaviest mahi mahi, kingfish, cobia, blackfin tuna, wahoo, mackerel, mutton snapper, mangrove snapper and grunt.

For boat teams with the most releases of tarpon, permit, bonefish, barracuda, marlin and sailfish, cash prizes are also awarded. Junior anglers under 15 years old are presented with awards.

contact: 305-295-6601
email: director@keywestfishingtournament.com

April 7 to November 30 in Key West
Key West Fishing Tournament

8 months of fishing fun, as fishermen, young old, angle for around 40 species of Florida fish make this Key West fishing tournament one of the most popular Florida Keys fishing events. This Florida Keys fishing tournaments participants are broken down by divisions for men, women, junior anglers (ages 10 to 14) and Pee Wees (under 10 years old).

Starting with the kickoff in April, Florida Keys sport fishermen target almost 40 fish species with certificates detailing catches and cash prizes being awarded.

contact: 305-295-6601
email: director@keywestfishingtournament.com

April 21 to April 23 in Islamorada
Robert James Sales Sunrise/Sunset Tarpon Tourney

The proceeds from the annual Redbone-at-Large tournaments benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Contestants and celebrities come to compete in this exciting and worthwhile event.

Entry fee is per two-angler team, which includes guide fee and social privileges for each angler and a guest.

contact: Susan Ellis 305-664-2002
email: susan@redbone.org

April 25 to April 30 in Key West
The Final Sail, Key West Sailfish Championship

The fourth and last leg in the Florida Keys fishing tournament's quest for sailfish is an exciting four-day challenge. Prizes are $50,000 first place, $18,000 second place, and $10,000 to third-place anglers with trophies also being awarded.

After the event a Duval Street party is also planned.

registration information: www.bluewatermovements.com/register/

April 27 to May 2 in Marathon
Faro Blanco Invitational Tarpon Tournament

This Florida Keys fishing tournaments format is extremely popular. For over 30 years this fun and entertaining three day tournament has been benefiting the Ronald McDonald Summer Camp program for disabled children.

Captains are drawn during the kickoff event, and anglers fish with a different captain each day.

contact: Bob Traa 609-517-1293
email: bobtraa@mindspring.com

April 28 to April 30 in Islamorada
Islamorada Spring Classic

Destined to be a fun, and exciting family oriented fishing boat tournament, this new addition to the roster targets nine gulf and backcountry saltwater species. Trophies are to be offered top boats in weight and release categories, as well as private vessel and charter divisions. For junior angles ages 10 and under, a junior release division is also planned.

contact: Dianne Harbaugh 305-522-4868
email: islamoradafishingclassics@aol.com

April 29 to May 3 in Marathon
Tarponian Tournament

When the tarpon run, spring is here. Dynamic, and fun, this three evening tournament requires that teams fish with a different captain each evening.

This Florida Keys fishing tournaments teams also rotate among the three major bridge channels in Marathon FL, so any potential "hot spots" are shared among all anglers.

contact: David Breznicky at 215-542-1492
email: dbreznicky@breznickyassociates.com

April 30 to May 3 in Islamorada
Cheeca Lodge and Spa Tarpon Invitational

In this new Florida Keys fishing tournament for tarpon, fly anglers use only a tournament-furnished maximum 16-pound tippet. Rules also include that the tarpon must measure at least 48 inches.

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





May, 2017

April 27 to May 2 in Marathon
Faro Blanco Invitational Tarpon Tournament

This Florida Keys fishing tournaments format is extremely popular. For over 30 years this fun and entertaining three day tournament has been benefiting the Ronald McDonald Summer Camp program for disabled children.

Captains are drawn during the kickoff event, and anglers fish with a different captain each day.

contact: Bob Traa 609-517-1293
email: bobtraa@mindspring.com

April 29 to May 3 in Marathon
Tarponian Tournament

When the tarpon run, spring is here. Dynamic, and fun, this three evening tournament requires that teams fish with a different captain each evening.

This Florida Keys fishing tournaments teams also rotate among the three major bridge channels in Marathon FL, so any potential "hot spots" are shared among all anglers.

contact: David Breznicky at 215-542-1492
email: dbreznicky@breznickyassociates.com

April 30 to May 3 in Islamorada
Cheeca Lodge and Spa Tarpon Invitational

In this new Florida Keys fishing tournament for tarpon, fly anglers use only a tournament-furnished maximum 16-pound tippet. Rules also include that the tarpon must measure at least 48 inches.
contact: Betsy Bullard 305-587-1460
email: fishnfever@bellsouth.net

May 5 to May 7 in Marathon FL
Marathon Offshore Bull and Cow Dolphin Tournament

Please note: dolphin is Mahi Mahi aka dorado, not the mammal
This boat team event is broken down into seven different divisions and anglers vie for top dollar prizes.

This Florida Keys fishing tournaments teams can have up to six registered anglers. With over $30,000 in prizes, contestants will be awarded for the largest bull and cow combined, plus cash prizes are also given for wahoo, tuna, tripletail, grouper and snapper division winners.

registration: http://marathonoffshoretournament.com/registration-form/

May 5 to May 7 in Islamorada
Nick Sheahan Dolphin Rodeo

Please note: dolphin is Mahi Mahi aka dorado, not the mammal
This Florida Keys fishing tournaments focus honors the memory of Nick Sheahan, a Florida Keys student. Close to $126,000 to date have been generated to provide community scholarships for Coral Shores High School graduates.

Hosted at Tavernier Creek Marina, there are separate entry fees for adults and children. Cash prizes are awarded plus there's a $25,000 prize for anyone who brings in the largest bull beating the State dolphin record.

contact: 305-393-3709
email: info@nicksheahan.com

May 12 to May 13 in Marathon
Mother’s Day Dolphin Tournament

This popular 11th annual event features several cash prizes awarded to anglers for this one-day tournament. Top cash prize for the heaviest fish is $5,000, with cash prizes also presented to second through fifth place finishers. Event benefits Habitat for Humanity of the Middle Keys.

contact: Chris at 305-743-9828
email: execdirector@habitatmiddlekeys.org

May 19 to May 21 in the Florida Keys
Florida Keys Dolphin Championship

Another popular fishing tournament, this is a Florida Keys wide dolphin challenge with each of the 5 districts from Key Largo to Key West FL having weigh-ins.

contact: 305-395-3474
email: fishnkw@aol.com

May 19 to 21 in Key West
Co-Ed Mahi Masters

Men and women fishing teams who score the highest combined total weight of three mahi-mahi catches are awarded cash prizes. There is no limit on the number of participating boats.
contact: 305-296-0364
email: lee@murraymarine.com

May 21 to 24 in Islamorada
Loop Golden Fly Invitational Tarpon Tournament

Test your casting skills against the mighty tarpon at this event. Special flies, and a tournament-furnished tippet not greater than 20-pound test add to the excitement of this popular event.

Weight and length restrictions apply for points. Eligible tarpon must measure at least 48 inches in length to earn release points. The tarpon also must weigh at least 70 pounds for weight points.

contact: Betsy Bullard 350-587-1460
email: fishnfever@bellsouth.net

May 27 to 28 in Key Largo
Long Walk Home Fishing Tournament

This annual Florida Keys fishing tournament based out of Key Largo Fisheries benefits the Long Walk Home Veterans Charity Community Outreach. Including in the festivities are a Pirate’s Treasure Raffle, music, silent auction plus two days of competitive fishing.

The event closes with a inner where cash and trophy prizes are awarded to the winners.
contact: Ron Zaleski at 305-504-3795
email: thelongwalkhomeinc@gmail.com





June, 2017

June 2 to June 4, Big Pine Key
Big Pine & Lower Keys Dolphin Tournament

Please note: dolphin is Mahi Mahi aka dorado, not the mammal
This Florida Keys fishing tournament's strategy focuses on catching the heaviest dolphin (mahi mahi aka dorada).

More than $35,000 in cash and prizes with a special cash prize of $20,000 awarded to the heaviest dolphin over 50 lbs (limited to the first 300 entrants).

contact: Susan K. Miller 305-872-2411
email: executivedirector@lowerkeyschamber.com

June 2 to 4 in Key Largo
Skippers Dolphin Tournament

With $60,000 in prize money, this Florida Keys fishing tournament allows each team to weigh in 2 fish per day with the total weight of the largest 3 fish determining the winner for the top prize of $25,000. 2nd place prize money is $10,000 plus money will be awarded for the top 6 teams. Daily cash prices, women's and junior cash prizes and trophies will also be presented.

contact: Dianne Harbaugh 305-522-4868
email: ditournaments@aol.com

June 4 to June 9 in Islamorada
Don Hawley Invitational Tarpon Tournament

Using fly tackle with a 12 pound or 16 pound tippet, the world's top fly rod fishermen test their skill and mettle in this grueling 5 day challenge.

Named in honor of the late fly fisherman and conservationist Don Hawley, the tournament benefits the Guides Trust Foundation. The foundation assists professional fishing guides and supports backcountry fishery conservation programs.

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

June 9 to June 10 in Tavernier
Ladies Dolphin Tournament

The Florida Keys Elks Lodge is sponsoring this fishing tournament event as teams of female anglers fight to gain the highest combined weight of 3 dolphin fish. First - third place contestants receive cash and prices.

contact: Dianne Harbaugh 305-522-4868
email: ditournaments@aol.com

June 10 in Key West
VFW Fishing Tournament

One of the Florida Keys family oriented fishing tournaments, anglers will receive cash prizes for dolphin, wahoo, snapper and grouper. Additional prizes are awarded for heaviest fish by a lady angler and heaviest fish by a juvenile angler. Heaviest Dolphin is worth $2,500.

All proceeds benefit disabled and/or needy veterans in Monroe County. Hosted by VFW Post 3911 and Key West Harbor Yacht Club. Registration forms and rules are to be available at Key West Bait and Tackle; Murray Marine; Esky Rod Shop; Key West Harbor; VFW Post 3911; and Reef Light Tackle (Big Pine Key).

contact: Phil "Curly" Mcgin 305-304-8211

June 13 to 15 in Islamorada
Ladies Tarpon Fly Tournament

This is a 3 day all fly fishing tarpon tournament for prizes.

contact: Heidi Nute
email: heidinute@yahoo.com

June 17 to June 18, Islamorada
Ladies Let’s Go Fishing! Offshore/Inshore Anyone Can Win Tournament

Women learn and/or improve their fishing skills at this award-winning weekend seminar. Thousands of female graduates have participated in this education program which focuses on offshore, bottom, inshore and fly-fishing.

contact: Betty Bauman 954-475-9068
email: fish@ladiesletsgofishing.com or info@ladiesletsgofishing.com

June 19 to 23 in Islamorada
Gold Cup Tarpon Tournament

The 5 decade only annual celebration of this prestigious 4 day event allows a maximum of 25 fly rod anglers to test their skill against the mighty tarpon. Ted Williams, baseball icon and avid fly fisherman is one of this Florida Keys fishing tournaments founders.

Experienced tournament anglers and novices are welcome to compete. Tournament proceeds the Keys GUides Trust Foundation.

email: infodept@goldcuptt.com

June 23 to June 24 in Islamorada, FL
University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame Celebrity Dolphin Tournament

Sport fishermen mix it up with some of their favorite, former Miami Hurricanes all stars in teams of up to 4 anglers at this fun annual fishing event. This Florida fishing tournament features cash prizes for the heaviest dolphin, along with a charity auction. Headquartered at Postcard Inn Beach Resort & Marina, proceeds from the tournament go to Upper Keys Habitat for Humanity and UMSHOF and The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis.

contact: Judy Layne 305-598-2525
email: judy@canesfish.com

June 28 to June 29 in Islamorada

Islamorada Fishing Club Captains Cup Dolphin Tournament

Please note: dolphin is Mahi Mahi aka dorado, not the mammal
This Florida Keys fishing tournaments format revolves around the fact that is takes only three fish 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 305-664-4735
email: fishing@theislamoradafishingclub.com





July, 2017

July 7 to July 9 in Islamorada
Islamorada Summer Classic

Family oriented, anglers focus on nine backcountry and blue water species, with boats having the top weight and release receiving trophies.

contact: Dianne Harbaugh 305-522-4868
email: islamoradafishingclassics@aol.com

July 8 to 11 in Key West
Del Brown Permit Tournament

Permit caught on a fly is a real challenge and Del Brown caught and released more than 500 off the Keys. In his honor, anglers, guides and professionals fly-fish on the flats in this skillful competition.

contact: Justin or Loren Rea 305-360-6969
email: lorenrea@icloud.com

July 19 to July 22 in Key West
Bacardi Oakheart Key West Marlin Tournament

$50,000 in guaranteed cash prizes are awarded during Key West's annual Hemingway Days. The event awards $25,000 to the first-place team. Teams can enter one fun fish (dolphin, tuna, wahoo or released sailfish) per day to add to their point total.

contact: 305-304-0317
email: tim.greene@keywestmarlin.com





August, 2017

August 2 to August 3 in Key Largo
Hooked On Kids Fishing Tournament

This worthwhile event starts off Thursday with participants casting their lines in the gorgeous waters off Key Largo for an incredible day of Florida Keys flats fishing.

Tournament activities include a Captains Party with dinner, a silent auction and an exciting raffle for a trip to NAPA on Thursday night. Friday you'll be fishing the crystal clear water in search of the the Tournament's biggest catch. Afterwards, plan on spending the afternoon relaxing at the Awards Ceremony.

SPECIAL OFFER: Check to see if the tournament is still offering a reduced rate if you want to participate but have your own boat.

contact: Lori Eden 954-983-4360
email: ledens@bbiteam.com





September, 2017

September 8 to September 10 in Key West
Robert James Sales S.L.A.M. Celebrity Tournament

The Trilogy consists of three Florida Keys fishing tournaments in the annual Redbone Celebrity Tournament Series. In the first leg, anglers target tarpon, permit and bonefish to achieve the coveted "flats grand slam." Proceeds are raised to help the fight against cystic fibrosis.

contact: Gary or Susan Ellis at 305-664-2002
email: susan@redbone.org

September 14 to September 17 in Marathon
Marathon International Bonefish Tournament

This fishing tournament awards individual and team champions who score the largest bonefish and permit for top anglers in fly and grand slam divisions (for the top spin or fly angler who releases the largest bonefish, permit and tarpon “slam”).

This Florida Keys fishing event is one of the few tournaments where sport fishermen are able to fish without a professional guide.

contact: 305-304-8682
email: bnbfishing@comcast.net

September 15 to September 17 in Islamorada FL
Herman Lucerne Memorial Tournament

Named after the man known affectionately as “Mr. Everglades,” anglers are challenged with targeting multiple species in the hard-to-reach yet fruitful fishing areas of the Everglades that Lucerne favored.

registration info: https://hermanlucernememorial.com/registration
email: kelliet62@gmail.com

September 22 to September 24 in Key Largo
Take Stock in Children Backcountry Challenge

Redfish, snook, and trout are the focus of this popular annual fishing event.

Proceeds provide local vocational scholarships to help enable Upper Keys children who are from financially challenged environments.

contact: Matthew Francis 352-682-8788





October, 2017

October (TBD In Late Spring) Islamorada
Publix Mad Dog Mandich Fishing Classic

The 10th Annual Mad Dog Fishing Classic will take place in Islamorada, Fl at Postcard Inn Beach Resort and Marina, MM 84.

This one day tournament will award over $6,000.00 in cash and prizes and help raise money for the Mariners Hospital Oncology Services.

Compete in either our Offshore or Inshore Division. Entry Fee includes all Drinks, Food, Goodie Bags, Hook & Tackle Shirt and More.
email: alexis@maddogclassic.com

October 6 to October 8 in Islamorada
Robert James Sales Baybone Celebrity Tournament

The Baybone, is second in the Redbone trilogy. This exciting Florida Keys fishing tournaments prestige has attracted celebrities and other guests including angler Stu Apte.

Targeting permit and bonefish anglers battle it out to raise money for cystic fibrosis research.

contact: Gary or Susan Ellis 305-664-2002
email: susan@redbone.org

October 8 to 11 in Islamorada
The Islamorada World Championship Fall All Tackle Bonefish & Permit Tournament

This competition allows 1 captain and one angler per boat with a maximum of 25 competitors. The three-day Florida Keys fishing tournaments challenge is said to separate great bonefish anglers from the wannabes.
 
contact:  Betsy Bullard 305-587-1460
email: fishnfever@bellsouth.net

October 20 to October 21 in Islamorada
(Held every 3rd weekend of every October)
Casting for Cats Women's Backcountry Tournament

In this fundraiser to help control the Upper Key's 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). This tournament is a Not for Profit - 100% charity.

contact: Sharon Mahoney Ellenwood 305-393-6174
email: sharellen@netzero.com





November, 2017

November 3 to November 5 in Islamorada
Robert James Sales Redbone Celebrity Tournament

The final leg of the Redbone trilogy, celebrities join other anglers to catch bonefish and redfish.

Proceeds go towards cystic fibrosis research.

contact: Gary or Susan Ellis 305-664-2002
email: susan@redbone.org

November 16 to November 18 in Islamorada, FL
Cheeca Lodge & Spa All-American Backcountry Tournament

Don't miss out on 2 days of all release fishing at this popular world-class backcountry fishing tournament with a professional guide on your own boat or charter.

Awards for Fly, General Tackle (Spin/Conventional, live bait allowed) and Artificial divisions for snook, redfish, bonefish, tarpon and permit.

Entry fee of $1,500 per angler includes gift bags plus 2 social functions/meals/drinks, breakfasts and lunches for up to 4 people.

War heroes will also compete in honor of Veterans Day. Proceeds benefit the Guides Trust Foundation to help Florida Keys guides in need.

contact: Lisa Thornhill 305-517-4512
email: lthornhill@cheeca.com
www.cheeca.com/all-american

November 17 to November 19 in Islamorada
"Ladies, Let's Go Fishing!" Annual Keys Fishing University for Women

Aimed at helping women fishing enthusiasts learn and/or polish their angling skills during an award-winning weekend seminar.

So far, more than 8,000 female graduates have immersed themselves in this fun, lighthearted but skill-heavy curriculum which teaches and hones their fishing skills for offshore, bottom, inshore and fly fishing.

contact: Betty Bauman 954-475-9068
email: fish@ladiesletsgofishing.com

April 7 to November 30 in Key West
Key West Fishing Tournament

This tournament runs over the course of many months, as participants target over 40 species of fish. This Florida Keys fishing tournaments participants are broken down by divisions for men, women, junior anglers (ages 10 to 14) and Pee Wees (under 10 years old).

Starting with the kickoff in April, Florida Keys sport fishermen target almost 40 fish species with certificates detailing catches and cash prizes being awarded.

contact: 305-295-6601
email: director@keywestfishingtournament.com

November 30 to December 3 in Islamorada
Islamorada Sailfish Tournament

The first leg of the triple-crown Florida Keys Gold Cup Championship series is the only challenge in the series to offer a junior division for anglers age 16 and younger. Unlimited anglers are allowed per vessel. islamoradasailfishtournament.com/ or contact: Dianne Harbaugh 305-522-4868

email: ditournaments@aol.com





December, 2017

November 30 to December 3 in Islamorada
Islamorada Sailfish Tournament

This is the first leg of the triple-crown Florida Keys Gold Cup Championship Series. Characterized by high-flying sail action, conservation and sportsmanship, the tournament has no limit on the number of anglers allowed per boat.

This is also the only one of the Florida Keys fishing tournaments in the Gold Cup series to offer a junior division for anglers aged 16 and younger.  

contact: Dianne Harbaugh 305-522-4868
email:  ditournaments@aol.com

December 15 to December 17 in Islamorada
Islamorada Junior Sailfish Tournament

Always held the third weekend of December, this is one of the Florida Keys fishing tournaments that's designed to teach teens fishing skills they can apply in competition. In this competition, 6 anglers per boat are allowed, and proceeds help Toys for Tots of Monroe County.

contact: Tammie Gurgiolo 305-240-9337
email: fishnbully@msn.com






Florida Keys fishing tournaments round out the year by having something for everyone. Take time out and enroll in one of these top FLorida fishing competitions. You'll help a local charity, have the time of your life, and maybe even come home with that big IGFA record breaking prize you've always dreamed about!


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