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Florida Keys Fishing Tournaments | January-June.

Important fishing tournaments and events that take place in the Florida Keys during the first half of the Year. (from January until June) *Registration fees might apply to compete in some of these competitions.

January

  • 17th Annual Key Largo Sailfish Challenge. First week of January. While sailfish are caught in these waters all year round, January is a month when the cold fronts make this fish cruse the waters of the Straits of Florida in larger numbers. Cash prizes and trophies are given to the first three places of the competition. Up to four anglers per boat can register.
  •  Islamorada's Sailfly Championship. Second week of January. Salt water fly rod anglers team up here every year, for these two days of intense fly fishing for the Atlantic Sailfish tournament. This invitational challenge is limited to 20 teams at two anglers per boat.
  • Cheeca Lodge Presidential Sailfish Tournament. Third week January.This tournament is the second leg of the three Florida Keys Gold Cup Sailfish series and a qualifying tournament of the World Billfish competitions. Anglers are to use 12 pound line, and only circle hooks can be used.
  •  Islamorada's Al Flutie Over the Hill Rip-Off Sailfish Tournament, "The Flutie", Fourth week of January. Anglers over 50 year of age are the ones to compete in this event just to see who catches the largest Sailfish! It would be a battle for the win. 
  •  Key West Harbor King Mackerel. Last week of January. A $10,000 prize awaits the winner of this so awaited competition! This is the time of the year in which the King Mackerel is migrating throw the Straits of Florida so plenty of Mackerel here to choose from!
  •  Islamorada Fishing Club IFC Sailfish Tournament. Last week of January. This is a final leg of the big league of the Florida Keys Gold Cup Fishing Tournament Series. The registration is limited to only 30 boats and a big cash prize of $30,000 is on the table!

February

  • Cuda Bowl, the Key West Barracuda Tournament. First week of February, in Key West.The barracuda is a fierce fighter, so don't expect to have it easy at this competition here; also this is a flat fishing only competition. Hosted at the Hurricane Hole Marina of Stock Island.
  •  Poor Girls Sailfish Tournament. First week of February, in Key Largo. Anglers will compete for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place on this competition. It's a competition in which more than 100 anglers team up to compete in this fishing tournament.

  •  Islamorada Women's Sailfish Tournament. Second week of February. It's a light tackle championship where these beautiful ladies compete for the largest sailfish, tuna, mahi-mahi and kingfish.
  •  Bartender's Sailfish Open. Second week of February in Islamorada. A funny event in which local bartenders compete for individuals and winning bars trophy awards.
  •  Backcountry Fly Championship. Last week of February in Islamorada. Redfish, snook and tarpon are in danger during this seasonal tournament in which fly fishing anglers compete in the shallows and flats of Islamorada for the largest fish.

March

  • Jimmy Johnson's National Billfish Championship in Key Largo. First and second weeks of March. The team winner of this tournament takes home a $50, 000 cash prize plus a trophy. Jimmy Johnson, the host of the tournament it's the former football team head coach of the University of Miami and Superbowl winning coach. It's a annualcharity tournament.
  •  Jim Bokor's All-Tackle Spring Bonefish Tournament in Islamorada. This renowned tournament takes place during the second week of March, and it's limited to 25 angles with a max of two anglers per boat.
  •  March Merkin Permit Tournament. Second week of March. Held at the Key West Harbor Yacht Club. A flats and fly only tournament-catch and release; anglers earn extra points for tagging the fish.
  •  15th Annual Captain Leon Memorial Sailfish Tournament. Second and third week of March in Marathon. A $20, 000 cash purse is awarded to the top winning boat team, and there are also cash prices for the second and third place runners up of the competition.
  •  Big Pine Key Dolphin Tournament. Every year during the third week of March in Big Pine Key and the Lower Keys takes place a tournament in which the angler who catches the heavier mahi-mahi wins a $10,000 catch price. Also win prices for the heaviest wahoo and tuna. Junior anglers younger than 15 can also win prizes.

April

  • The Key West Fishing Tournament. First week of April until the last week of November. A seven month long competition! The winners of the Men, women, and all the ages children tournament will win prizes of up to $5000. A large selection of fish is targeted during this exciting tournament season. Weight and release, up to 27 species of fist.
  •  World Sailfish Championship. This prestigious tournament will take place during the second week of April in Key west. The tournament is to the Benefit of the Don Shula Foundation for Breast Cancer Research. There is a $100 000 top prize for the winners of the competition.
  •  Tarponian Tournament. Last week of April. The tarpon is a strong game fish that fights like no other, and experienced anglers love to take this high energy challenge, it's a fight between man and beast.
  •  Redbone Sunrise/Sunset Tarpon Tournament. Celebrated each year during the last week of April to the benefit of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

May

  • Nick Sheahan Dolphin Rodeo. First week of May. The dolphin (Mahi-Mahi) is one of the best catches you can get in these waters, and this tournament is totally dedicated this species. This is a student’s benefit tournament that is dedicated to the memory of Nick Sheahan who passed away in a diving accident. Big cash prices of up to $25000 to the angler that beats the state record can be earn in this tournament. The tournament is hosted at the Tavernier creek Marina.
  •  7th Annual Marathon Offshore Bull & Cow Dolphin Tournament. First week of May. Big prizes go to the winners of this tournament! Up to $10000 to the angler with the largest Bull & Cow combo. Largest Dolphin, Wahoo, Tuna.
  •  47th Annual Marathon International Tarpon Tournament. Second week of May. This is a benefit tournament in behalf of the Marathon Youth Club, hosted by the Tarpon Creek Bar & Grill. Contact Tarpon Creek Marina on MM 53 Overseas Highway. (behind the Holiday Inn Express and Suits)
  •  Mother's Day Dolphin Tournament. Second week of May. A $5000 cash price goes to the angler with the heaviest fish, and also several other cash prizes for second, third, fourth and fifth place of the competition. It's a benefit event in behalf of the Habitat for Humanity of the Florida Keys.
  •  Faro Blanco Invitational Tarpon Tournament. Second and third week of May. A very popular tournament that is celebrated in Marathon Key every year to the benefit of disabled youngsters.
  •  27th Annual Coconuts Dolphin Tournament. Third and fourth week of May. This is one of South Florida's best prizes paying tournaments, $50000 are on the table for the winners. And the winner of this year took home a Honda Pickup truck payed leased for two years.
  •  Big Pine and the Lower Keys Dolphin Tournament. Third and fourth week of May.It's all about who would catch the largest fish in this tournament , $7500 to the winner of the first prize, and if the dolphin weight over 50 pounds an additional $20000, for a total of $ 27500. Don't let this opportunity go!
  •  Islamorada Dolphin Tournament. Last week of May. A big prize of $10000 it's awarded to the anglers winners of this competition. Hosted at the popular Whale Harbor Marina in Islamorada.
  •  Yamaha Dolphin Masters Invitational of Key West. Last week of May. In this tournament Headquartered at the Key West Historic Seaport the winner will take home $13000 by being able to score the combined highest weight of three dolphins. There are other additional prizes for other anglers not reaching the first place on the competition.

June

  • Don Hawley Invitational Tarpon Tournament. During the first week of June in Islamorada. World's champion anglers will compete in this tournament only using fly tackle and 12 or 16 pound tippet. It's a benefit tournament in behalf of the Guides Trust Foundation.
  •  IFC Captains Cup Dolphin Championship. First week of June in Islamorada. $25, 000 goes to the winner of this tournament hosted by the Islamorada's Fishing Club.
  •  Islamorada's Ladies Dolphin Tournament. First and second week of June. Hosted at the Elks Lodge of Tavernier these beautiful ladies will compete for the largest Dorado fish in the waters of the Florida Keys.
  •  50's Annual Gold Cup Tarpon Tournament. One of Islamorada's most prestigious tournaments in which 25 experienced champion anglers and also novices will compete for four days. It's a benefit tournament in behalf of local children charities.
  •  Key West Gator Club Dolphin Derby. The two days championship takes place in Key West during the last week of June. The $5000 cash prize goes to the boat team with the heavy’s largest fish. The second and third place will win $2500 and $1000 respectively.
  •  13th Annual Dolphin and Blackfin Tuna Fishing Tournament. Last week of June in Marathon. Anglers will be awarded prizes for catching the largest and heaviest blackfin tunas and Dolphins (mahi-mahi) The tournament hosted at the Burdine's Waterfront is open for adults and junior anglers.

Contact information for these fishing tournaments can better be optioned at the Chamber of Commerce of the different areas of the Florida Keys and some of the fishing clubs in these areas.

Key Largo's Chamber of Commerce:  106000 Overseas Highway, Key Largo, Florida. 

1-800- 822-1088. E-Mail: info@keylargochamber.org

Islamorada's Chamber of Commerce:  83224 Overseas Highway, Islamorada, Florida.

305-664-4503. 1-800-FAB-KEYS. info@islamoradachamber.com

Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce:  12222 Overseas Highway, Marathon, Florida.

305 743-5417.  or 1-800-262-7284. Fax 305-289-0183

Big Pine Key's Chamber of Commerce: 31020 Big Pine Key, Florida.

305-872-2411. 1-800-872-3722. E-Mail: info@lowerkeyschamber.com

Key West Chamber of Commerce:  510 Green Street 1 st floor, Key West, Florida.

305-294-2587. E-Mail: info@keywestchamber.org

 Other numbers where you can get information regarding these fishing tournaments:

Florida Keys Fishing Club. 305-743-3684.

Key Largo and the Upper Keys Fishing Club. 305-804-6590

Islamorada's Fishing Club. 305-664-4735. info@theislamoradafishingclub.com




Related Pages:

Fishing competitions from July-December.

About the fish species in the waters of Florida.

Abut the fishing charters in the Florida Keys.

The anglers fishing terminology.

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