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 2019 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.

You'll also see throughout this page that I've included a number of sections organized in blocks and by fishing gear type. This is to serve as a handy checklist for you in case you need to add to, or replace some of your existing fishing equipment.

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So 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 coordinated by region through FishingBooker, an affiliate of mine. Once on the page for that area you can begin to fine tune your search.

The best part of FishingBooker is that 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

So you know, as an affiliate of FishingBooker, if you click a link to a charter, book it and go on it, I stand to earn a small commission. The item does not cost you any more. This is called being an "affiliate."

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, 2019

January 1 to August 31 in Key West
Key West Fishing Tournament

This ongoing, months long annual tournament, features anglers targeting more than 40 species of fish with an emphasis on catch and release.

Includes divisions for men, women, junior anglers (ages 10 to 15) and Pee Wees (under 10 years old). Participating anglers also receive certificates marking their catches and then qualify for a variety of prizes.

contact:Doris Harris 305-923-5934
email: director@keywestfishingtournament.com

January 4 to January 5 at Whale Harbor, Islamorada
Inaugural Fish for Holly Sailfish Tournament

The purpose of this Florida Keys fishing tournament is to have fun while raising money to benefit Florida Keys initiatives including scholarships and domestic violence. Named in honor of avid angler and resident Holly Given, anglers will compete for top male, female and junior awards plus competitions for top offshore, bay boat and fun fish categories.

More information available at: http://www.fishforholly.com/tournament

January 8 to January 10 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.

One of the most challenging fishing tournaments this exhilarating event is limited to 20 boats.

More information available at:
http://www.floridakeysoutfitters.com/2019-sailfly-entry-full.html

Januargy 17 to January 20 at Stock Island Marina Village
Kingfish Mayhem in Key West and Lower Keys

Previously a king mackerel tournament, this new Florida Keys fishing event has added a twist by including tuna, mahi mahi and wahoo as part of the targeted gamefish species.

Cash prizes are also awarded to the top anglers.

contact: Jimmy Wickett 954-605-8282
email: meatmayhemtournamentsfl.com

January 21 to January 22 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." Age restriction is set at 50 or older.

Locally called the Flutie, the tournament is the donor of more than $400,000 to local and national charities. Proceeds to benefit "Catch The Cure" for Cystic Fibrosis and Monroe Association's ReMARCable Citizens, a life service program for the county's intellectually disabled residents.

More information at marchouse.org/content/fundraisers

January 23 to January 24 in Islamorada
Islamorada Fishing Club (IFC) Sailfish Tournament

This fishing tournament is now the second leg of the 3 prong Florida Keys Gold Cup Series and 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: Dianne Harbaugh, 305-522-4868
email: ditournaments@aol.com

January 25 to January 27 at Harbor Events, Whale Harbor
Cheeca Lodge Presidential Sailfish Tournament

Of all the Florida Keys fishing tournaments this is one of the long standing traditions and is the third and final 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: Lisa Thornhill 305-517-4512
email: lthornhill@cheeca.com





February, 2019

January 1 to August 31 in Key West
Key West Fishing Tournament

This ongoing, months long annual tournament, features anglers targeting more than 40 species of fish with an emphasis on catch and release.

Includes divisions for men, women, junior anglers (ages 10 to 15) and Pee Wees (under 10 years old). Participating anglers also receive certificates marking their catches and then qualify for a variety of prizes.

contact:Doris Harris 305-923-5934
email: director@keywestfishingtournament.com

February 1 to February 2 in Key West and Lower Keys
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. Entry fee

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

February 2 to February 3 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

February 6 to February 7 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 8 to February 10 in Islamorada
Islamorada Women's Sailfish Tournament

In this popular light tackle fishing event, the Grand Champion team (boat), plus first and second runner up teams receive prizes. 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 10 to February 11 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 2019 Bartenders Sailfish Open will kick off on February 10. Fishing will be on February 11 followed by the awards banquet.

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

February 22 to February 23 in Islamorada
Costa Backcountry Fly Championship Series

This exciting Florida Keys fishing tournament competes fly anglers against feisty snook and redfish. The intent: catch the most inches of fish with one inch equaling one point. Grand champion and runner-up receive awards and the field is limited to 30 boats.

More information available at: BFCtournament.com





March, 2019

January 1 to August 31 in Key West
Key West Fishing Tournament

This ongoing, months long annual tournament, features anglers targeting more than 40 species of fish with an emphasis on catch and release.

Includes divisions for men, women, junior anglers (ages 10 to 15) and Pee Wees (under 10 years old). Participating anglers also receive certificates marking their catches and then qualify for a variety of prizes.

contact:Doris Harris 305-923-5934
email: director@keywestfishingtournament.com

March 2 to March 9 in Key Largo
Jimmy Johnson's National Championship Fishing: Quest for the Ring

The largest purse in Florida fishing history is at this exciting and large Florida Keys Celebrity Fishing Tournament. Hosted by Jimmy Johnson this tournament benefits the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and other worthwhile charities.

The fight is on for $1.5 million dollars and other awards as teams vie for top position. Categories include catch and release, and weight plus the overall winning boat recieves a custom Jimmy Johnson NBC Championship ring.

Boat entry fees start at $2,500 and $5,000.

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

March 4 to March 7 in Key West and Lower Keys
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: info@marchmerkin.com

March 5 to March 8 in Islamorada
Jim Bokor's Islamorada All-Tackle Spring Bonefish Tournament

This demanding and prestigious All-Tackle championship tests the anglers true skills as they tackle bonefish and redfish. Divisions are for bait, artificial lures and flies with trophies awarded to the grand champion for each fish species. High point angler awards will also be issued each day of this Florida Keys fishing tournament.

Participation is restricted to a maximum of 25 invited anglers, and a maximum of two anglers plus guide per boat.

contact: Brooke Black 305-393-5249
email: bdenkert@gmail.com





April, 2019

January 1 to August 31 in Key West
Key West Fishing Tournament

This ongoing, months long annual tournament, features anglers targeting more than 40 species of fish with an emphasis on catch and release.

Includes divisions for men, women, junior anglers (ages 10 to 15) and Pee Wees (under 10 years old). Participating anglers also receive certificates marking their catches and then qualify for a variety of prizes.

contact:Doris Harris 305-923-5934
email: director@keywestfishingtournament.com

April 3 to April 7 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 12 to April 14 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 27 to April 29 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 28 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: Donna Vankirk 305-393-0699
email: captdonna1@aol.com

April 29 to May 3 in Islamorada
Cheeca Lodge and Spa Tarpon Invitational

In this new Florida Keys fishing tournament for tarpon, a maximum of 15 fly anglers use only a tournament-furnished maximum 16-pound tippet. Rules also include that the tarpon must measure at least 48 inches.

contact: Bart Knellinger 305-587-1460
email: bart@progressivedental.com or
contact: Benjamin Blanco
email: captbennyblanco@aol.com






May, 2019

January 1 to August 31 in Key West
Key West Fishing Tournament

This ongoing, months long annual tournament, features anglers targeting more than 40 species of fish with an emphasis on catch and release.

Includes divisions for men, women, junior anglers (ages 10 to 15) and Pee Wees (under 10 years old). Participating anglers also receive certificates marking their catches and then qualify for a variety of prizes.

contact:Doris Harris 305-923-5934
email: director@keywestfishingtournament.com

April 28 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: Donna Vankirk 305-393-0699
email: captdonna1@aol.com

April 29 to May 3 in Islamorada
Cheeca Lodge and Spa Tarpon Invitational

In this new Florida Keys fishing tournament for tarpon, a maximum of 15 fly anglers use only a tournament-furnished maximum 16-pound tippet. Rules also include that the tarpon must measure at least 48 inches.

contact: Bart Knellinger 305-587-1460
email: bart@progressivedental.com or
contact: Benjamin Blanco
email: captbennyblanco@aol.com


May 3 to May 5 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 a field of 60 - 69 boats. 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.

contact: Jack Carlson 305-481-0495
email: carlson.jack@ymail.com

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

May 3 to May 5 in Islamorada
Nick Sheahan Dolphin Rodeo - Tavernier Creek Marina

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. Over $160,000 to date has been generated to provide community scholarships for Coral Shores High School graduates.

This Florida fishing event includes 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 4 to May 9 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 (primary contact) 215-542-1492 OR
Donna Vankirk (secondary contact) 305-393-0699
email: dbreznicky@breznickyassociates.com

May 9 to May 10 in Marathon
Mother’s Day Dolphin Tournament

This popular 13th annual event features several cash prizes awarded to anglers for this one-day tournament. A combined total of $8,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded for the heaviest fish and to anglers who finish second through fifth place. Event benefits Habitat for Humanity of the Middle Keys.

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

May 19 to May 22 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 16-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: Shandra Rummel 350-587-1460
email: allaboutthebites@gmail.com

May 31 to June 2 in Key Largo
Fifth Annual Skippers Dolphin Tournament at Slippers Dockside Restaurant

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 $20,000. 2nd place prize money is $10,000 plus $5,000 for third place winner. Daily cash prices, women's and junior cash prizes and trophies will also be presented.

Additional information at skipperstournaments.com
contact: Dianne Harbaugh 305-522-4868
email: ditournaments@aol.com





June, 2019

January 1 to August 31 in Key West
Key West Fishing Tournament

This ongoing, months long annual tournament, features anglers targeting more than 40 species of fish with an emphasis on catch and release.

Includes divisions for men, women, junior anglers (ages 10 to 15) and Pee Wees (under 10 years old). Participating anglers also receive certificates marking their catches and then qualify for a variety of prizes.

contact:Doris Harris 305-923-5934
email: director@keywestfishingtournament.com

May 31 to June 2 in Key Largo
Fifth Annual Skippers Dolphin Tournament at Slippers Dockside Restaurant

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 $20,000. 2nd place prize money is $10,000 plus $5,000 for third place winner. Daily cash prices, women's and junior cash prizes and trophies will also be presented.

Additional information at skipperstournaments.com
contact: Dianne Harbaugh 305-522-4868
email: ditournaments@aol.com

June 2 to June 7 in Islamorada
Don Hawley Invitational Tarpon Tournament

Using fly tackle with a 12 pound or 16 pound tippet, a maximum of 25 of 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.

Additional information at: guidestrustfoundation.org
Contact: Betsy Bullard 305-587-1460
email: fishnfever@bellsouth.net.

June 7 to June 8 in Tavernier
6th Annual 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

For more tournament information visit: http://floridakeyselks1872.com/

June 7 to June 9, Big Pine Key
Original 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 11 to June 13 in Islamorada
42nd Annual Ladies Tarpon Fly Tournament

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

contact: Shandra Rummel 350-587-1460
email: allaboutthebites@gmail.com

June 15 in Key West
7th Annual 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 $3,000, 2nd is $1,000 and 3rd is $500.00.

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: Pete Thomas 610-304-2392

email: psty2k@yahoo.com

June 17 to June 21 at Lor-e-le Restaurant and Marina in Islamorada,
Gold Cup Tarpon Tournament - 3rd Monday of every June

This 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.

Tournament application: http://www.goldcuptt.com/application/

June 21 to June 22, Islamorada
Ladies Let’s Go Fishing Screamin' Reels 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.

Entry fee is $85 per adult angler and $35 for teens ages 13+. Optional charter fees or bring your own boat in this fun and casual Florida Keys fishing tournament.

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

June TBA, Islamorada
IFC Captains Cup Dolphin Tournament

Teams of 4 compete for prizes as they test their skills to bring in the heaviest combined weight of 3 fish species. Top prize can be as high as $25,000.

For more tournament information visit: http://www.theislamoradafishingclub.com/





July, 2019

January 1 – August 31 in Key West
Key West Fishing Tournament

This ongoing, months long annual tournament, features anglers targeting more than 40 species of fish with an emphasis on catch and release.

Includes divisions for men, women, junior anglers (ages 10 to 15) and Pee Wees (under 10 years old). Participating anglers also receive certificates marking their catches and then qualify for a variety of prizes.

contact:Doris Harris 305-923-5934
email: director@keywestfishingtournament.com

July 6 to July 8 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 9 to July 11 in Islamorada
Islamorada Fly Dolphin Tournament

A new Florida Keys fishing tournament featuring 3 person angler teams. Competing to catch the largest fish, combined weight and most releases, contestants vie for cash and prizes.

Visit islamoradaclassic.com for additional information
contact: Dianne Harbaugh 305-522-4868
email: islamoradafishingclassics@aol.com

July 13 to July 15 in Marathon
Marathon Marlin Tournament

Thi Key West Marlin Tournament's pre-tournament has teams competitingfor marlin division trophies as well as fun fish awards for the three heaviest dolphin fish, wahoo and tuna (yellowfin, blackfin and skipjack).

High scoring team in the pre-tournament is also entitled to free entry into the following week's exciting Key West Marlin Tournament.

Additional information at: Visit keywestmarlin.com
email: tim.greene@keywestmarlin.com

July 13 to July 16 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 16 to July 20 in Key West
Havana Club Key West Marlin Tournament

This exciting event is held during the Key West annual Hemingway Days. An avid marlin fishermen, Hemingway, Sloppy Joe and others spent countless days marlin fishing the waters off Key West.

In honor of this tradition, current marlin fighters now vie for $50,000 in guaranteed cash prizes. This Key West fishing 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.

Information available at: keywestmarlin.com
contact: Tim Greene 305-304-0317
email: tim.greene@keywestmarlin.com

July TBA, Islamorada
RedGhost Stalk Youth Angler Tournament in Islamorada

Anglers ages 6 - 25 are eligible to compete in this 1 day backgountry fishing competition for redfish and bonefish. Competition proceeds go to the Islamorada Fishing and Conservation Trust.

Website: http://redghoststalk.com/





August, 2019

Fishing of January 1 to August 31 in Key West
Finish of Key West Fishing Tournament

This ongoing, months long annual tournament, features anglers targeting more than 40 species of fish with an emphasis on catch and release.

Includes divisions for men, women, junior anglers (ages 10 to 15) and Pee Wees (under 10 years old). Participating anglers also receive certificates marking their catches and then qualify for a variety of prizes.

contact:Doris Harris 305-923-5934
email: director@keywestfishingtournament.com





September, 2019

September 6 to September 8 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

Additional information at:https://redbone.org/

September 20 to September 22 in Islamorada FL
Herman Lucerne Memorial Tournament at Islander Resort

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.

contact: Kellie Trotta 561-346-3193
email: kelliet62@gmail.com

Registration info: http://www.hermanlucernememorial.com/

September 27 to September 29 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
Information available at: keylargorotary.org





October, 2019

October 4 to October 6 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 13 to October 16 in Islamorada
The Islamorada World Championship Fall All Tackle Bonefish & Permit Tournament

Known simply as the Fall All-Tackle, 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:  Kellie Trotta 561-346-3193
email: kelliet62@gmail.com

October 18 -20 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

October 19 to October 20 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 305-664-2012
email: sharellen@netzero.com

October TBA in Islamorada
Fall Backcountry Fly Championship Series

Serious fly fishermen compete to catch the longest snook and redfish. Each inch equals a point, with awards being given to this fishing series top winner.

Additional information available at: http://www.bfctournament.com/





November, 2019

November 1 to November 3 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 7 to November 9 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





December, 2019

December 5 to December 8 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.

contact: Dianne Harbaugh 305-522-4868

email: ditournaments@aol.com

December 20 to December 22 in Islamorada
Islamorada Junior Sailfish Tournament

Traditionally held the third weekend of December, kickoff is on the Friday with fishing Saturday and Sunday. 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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