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Tournament Calendar

The most comprehensive, widely-based list of tournaments for the state of Florida. Please send your updated tournament information to chris.collins@floridasportsman.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

January 2014

Jan 3-5: Key Largo Sailfish Challenge. Call Tammie at (305) 852-9337; fishbully@msn.com.

Jan. 7-11: Pelican Yacht Invitational Billfish Tournament, Fort Pierce. Call Vonnie at (772) 464-1734; www.pelicanyachtclub.com.

Jan. 9-11: Silver Sailfish Derby, West Palm Beach. Call Tom at (561) 832-6780; ttwyford@mindspring.com.

Jan. 12-16: Invitational Gold Cup Team Tournament, Palm Beach. Call Sam at (561) 844-0206; www.sailfishclub.com

Jan. 17: Bossman Boats Redfish Tournament, New Smyrna Beach. Call Melissa at 1-888-458-8864 or visit http://bossmanboats.com/

Jan. 15-17: Grand Slam/Castaways Jupiter Billfish Tournament, Jupiter. Over $300,000 in payouts, three day event, live and dead bait categories. Benefits CCA. Three inlets: Jupiter, St. Lucie, Palm Beach. For more, see www.jupiterbillfishtournament.com; (561) 847-2090.

Jan. 16-18: Cheeca Lodge Presidential Sailfish Challenge, Islamorada. Call Liz Hill at (305) 451-5094; presidentialsailfishtournament@cheeca.com.

Jan. 17-19: Old Salt Loop’s Johnny Kellar Inshore Tournament. Contact Jill at (727) 867-9388 or jill@stargg.com. Old Salt Line: (727) 497-1060.

Jan. 16-20: Sailfish Point Yacht Club Tournament, Stuart. Call Steve or Lisa at (772) 225-1700.

Jan. 20-21: Captain Al Flutie Over the Hill Rip-Off, Islamorada. Gordon Ross (305) 852-3282.

Jan. 22-25: Miami Mayor’s Cup. Call Tony at (305) 206-8252; www.mayorscuptournament.com.

Jan. 25-26: 47th Annual Buccaneer Cup Sailfish Tournament, Singer Island. Call Gary at (732) 899-9988; www.buccaneercup.com

Jan. 24-25: Florida Fish For Life, Palm Beach. Call Fred at (561) 351-7498; fredrm@comcast.net; www.floridafishforlife.com

Jan. 23-24: Islamorada Fishing Club Sailfish Tournament. Call Claire Williams at (305) 664-4735; fishclubclaire@bellsouth.net; www.theislamoradafishingclub.com

Jan. 24-26: Key West Harbour King Mackerel, Key West. Lee Murray (305) 296-0364; lee@murraymarine.com.

Jan. 31- Feb. 1: Swamp Guides Fishing Tournament, Islamorada. Call Terry Albury (305) 664-5142; talbury@aol.com

February 2014

Feb. (POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE): Sailfish Open, Palm Beach. www.worldfishingtour.com

Feb. 2: Key Largo, FL. Captain Bad King Fling. Reach Nicole at 786-329-2096 or nicole@reelfishdeals.com

Feb. 7-9: Islamorada Women’s Sailfish Tournament. Call Tammie Gurgiolo at (305) 852-9337; fishnbully@msn.com.

Feb. 8: Bossman Boats Redfish Tournament, New Smyrna Beach. Call Melissa at 1-888-458-8864; http://bossmanboats.com/

Feb. 11: Bartender’s Sailfish Open, Islamorada. Contact Jack McCormick at (305) 664-8400, visit www.keysislandgrill.com

Feb. 14-15: Billfish Blast, Key Largo. At the Ocean Reef Club, to benefit Twin Palms Center for the Disabled. Contact Lisa Mundell (561) 392-5444 or Edgar A. Benes (561) 866-6075; EBenes@BenesLaw.com

Feb. 18: Bow, Blast and Cast, Zellwood. A family sporting event with archery, skeet and deer and fish seminars, plus a banquet for all to enjoy. Email info@bowblastandcast.com; www.bowblastandcast.com. (407) 703-1303.

Feb. 20-22: Backcountry Fly Fishing Championship, Islamorada. Call Charlotte Ambrogio at (305) 664-2444; csasun@aol.com.

Feb. 23-26: Sailfish Challenge, IGFA Dania Beach, FL (2nd Leg in the Quest for the Crest Sailfish Series)
www.sailfishchallenge.com

Feb. 22- 23: Jacksonville Offshore Sport Fishing Club’s El Cheapo Sheepshead Tournament, Mayport. Call Frank at (904) 465-4552; FJoura@bellsouth.net; www.jaxfish.com; topandanne@yahoo.com.

Feb. & March: Sea Hag Marina’s Trout Madness, Steinhatchee. Weigh-in at Sea Hag Marina, largest trout wins Combo. For info, (352) 498-3008; www.seahag.com

March 2014

Mar. 1- ongoing until April 30: Destin Cobia Tournament, Destin. Call (850) 337-8250.

Mar. 1-3: Captain Leon Shell Memorial Billfish Tournament, Marathon. Contact Matthew Anthony at (305) 684-9799; www.leonshelltournament.com

Mar. 5-8: Jimmy Johnson’s National Billfish Championship, Key Largo, FL (Final leg in the Quest for the Crest Sailfish Series) www.bluewatermovements.com/jimmy_johnsons_national_billfish_championship/

Mar. 8: Bossman Boats Redfish Tournament Series, New Smyrna Beach. See www.bossmanboats.com or call Melissa (888) 458-8864.

Mar. 14-15: Turtle Slam Fishing Tournament at Turtle Cove Marina in Tarpon Springs, FL. Proceeds to benefit marine research at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Contact Heather at 727-934-2202 or Email: TurtleSlam@turtlecove-marina.com or Web: www.TurtleSlam.com

Mar. 18-20: March Merkin Tournament, Key West. Contact Jon @ (303) 888-4546 or see www.marchmerkin.com.

Mar. 20-23: Bahamas Wahoo Championship, Third Leg and Bacardi Billfish, Port Lucaya. Contact www.internationaltournaments.net

Mar. 24: South Woods Elementary School Sheepshead Derby, St. Augustine. Contact Christy at (904) 540-6313; tay924@windstream.net

Mar. 29: Captains Club Kids Count Inshore Tournament, Jacksonville Beach. Contact David Day at (904) 294-0959; www.captainsclub.org

Mar. TBA: Dogwood Blossom Flathead Catfish Tournament, Wewahitchka. Contact Angie at (850) 742-0084.

April 2014

April 4-6: Yamaha Contender Miami Billfish Tournament, Miami Beach Marina, Miami Beach. 2013 is the tournament’s 31st year. Proceeds benefit marine conservation, education and promote preservation awareness. For info visit www.miamibillfish.com or call (305) 598-2525.

April 4-7: Wine Cellar Fishing and Golf Tournament, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos. Contact Desmond at (649) 946-4536; desmond@winecellar.tc

Apr. 5: Hogs Breath Cobia Tournament, Destin. Contact Hogs Breath Saloon at (850) 837-5100.

Apr. 5-7: Key West Fishing Tournament Kick-off. Contact Rob Harris @ (305) 295-6601; director@keywestfishingtournament.com; www.keywestfishingtournament.com. Tournament runs Apr. 6-Nov. 30.

*April 9-12: Final Sail. Estimated $500,000 purse. Hosted out of the Double Tree Grand in Miami. Check out the website at www.finalsail.com. Contact Bluewater Movements at info@bluewatermovements.com or 954-725-4010.

Apr. 10-14: World Sailfish Championship, Key West. www.worldfishingtour.com

Apr. 11-13: Halifax Sport Fishing Club Offshore Challenge, Port Orange. For more info, contact Randy Beardsley, director (386) 804-0352; rscbeards@yahoo.com; www.hsfc.com

Apr. 12-13: Sarasota Sertoma/SKA King Mackerel Tournament, Sarasota. Call the SKA at (904) 819-0360; www.fishska.com

April 12-14: Greater Palm Beach Offshore 440, Palm Beach. www.fishska.com

Apr. 13: Southern Tournament Backwater Classic, Naples. Call (239) 825-8311; www.backwaterseries.com

Apr. 12: Bossman Boats Redfish Tournament Series, New Smyrna Beach. See www.bossmanboats.com or call Melissa (888) 458-8864.

Apr. 13: Forgotten Coast Kayak Charity Tournament, Medart, FL. Call Jeff at (850) 210-9296; jsuber@fcka.net

Apr. 13: Mel Tillis and Friends Tournament, Homosassa Springs, Riverside Resort. All proceeds go to the Shriners Childrens Hospital. Contact Gary Mitchell, Tourn. Director (352) 362-6691; garym@sandsales.net; www.fishingwithmel.com.

April 13-15: Stu Apte Fly Fishing Sailfish Tournament, Casa Vieja, Guatemala. www.stuapteflytournament.com

Apr. 19-20:  Gator’s Suncoast Classic, Treasure Island. See www.fishska.com

April 19-20 : Capt. Bob Lewis Billfish Challenge, Hard Rock Cafe Miami. Proceeds benefit a variety of charities. Contact Tracey Preston, Tournament Director, (786) 395-0395; Tracey@Billfishchallenge.com; Billfishchallenge.com

Apr. 20: Clearwater Rotary Club’s Annual Kingfish Tournament, Clearwater.  www.clearwaterrotary.org.

Apr. 20: CCA Sarasota Photo All-Release Challenge, Sarasota. Tournament HQ at the Potter Building. Benefits CCA’s conservation efforts. Contact Brian Gorski (941) 720-4446 or Capt. Bruce Burkhart at (941) 922-3675.

Apr. 21: Half-Hitch Tackle Cobia Tournament, Panama City Beach. Dan VanTreese, (850) 234-2621; www.halfhitch.com

April 22-23: Mako Owners Mana-Sota Family Funament, Crystal River. Visit www.manasotamako.com

Apr. 23-27: Hatteras Bertram Shootout, Abaco Beach Resort, The Bahamas. www.fishtheshootout.com

April 24-27 : Presidential Challenge Conservation Series, Costa Rica. www.preschallenge.com

Apr. 24-28: Bahamas Billfish Championship, Guana Cay. For more info, see www.bahamasbillfish.com.

*Apr. 26: The 34th Annual Offshore Challenge. Benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County and the Kiwanis Club of West Palm Beach. Palm Beach Shores. Held out of Sailfish Marina. Call (561) 844-1724 or visit www.pboffshorechallenge.com for more information.

Apr. 25-27: Old Salt Fishing Club King of the Beach Tournament, Madeira Beach. Over $70,000 in cash and prizes awarded. Call (727) 497-1060; www.oldsaltfishing.org

Apr. 26-27: Liberty County Senior Citizens Catfish Tournament, Bristol. Contact Rudy Sumner (850) 566-0812; www.floridacatfishclassic.com

Apr. 26-27: Mad Dog Mandich 6th Annual Fishing Classic, Miami Beach. Contact leah@maddogclassic.com; www.maddogclassic.com.

Apr. 26-28: Sunrise/Sunset Celebrity Tarpon Tourney, Islamorada. Call Gary or Sue Ellis at (305) 664-2002; www.redbone.org.

Apr. 27: Inglis Yankeetown Lions Club Nature Coast Challenge Kayak Fishing Tournament, Yankeetown. For more info call (352) 505-7936 or see www.naturecoastchallenge.com; Inglis.ytownlions@gmail.com

Apr. 27: Boynton Beach Firefighters Benevolent Association “Fishin & Firehouse Chili Grand Slam,” Boynton Beach. Call Jim (561) 252-0769; www.boyntonbeachfirefighters.com

Apr. 27: Hogan Law Firm Charity Tournament, Bayport. Benefits the Hernando-Pasco Hospice, a not-for-profit that provides care, comfort and support to individuals affected by life-limiting illness. Contact The Hogan Law Firm at www.hoganlawfirm.com; (352) 799-8423.

Apr. 27: Lee County Electric Cooperative United Way Fishing Tournament, D&D Matlacha Bait and Tackle. See www.uw.Icec.net/fish.html or contact Ed Pilkington (239) 656-2381; Dana Nicloy (239) 656-2122; fish@lcec.net

Apr. 27-28: 18th Annual CCBA Tournament, Crystal River. Contact Donna at (352) 746-9028; www.citrusbuilders.com.

Apr. 28: Hook and Ladder Tournament, Carrabelle Boat Club, Carabelle. A fundraiser for local charities sponsored by the Tallahassee Fire Department. Contact Mar (850) 528-2417; tallahasseefirefighters.com

Apr. 28: NEFAR Charity Bass Fishing Tournament, Palatka City Dock. Charity event for Haven Hospice. See www.NEFARBass.org or contact Nancie at (386) 325-2965 or Glenn at (904) 394-9132.

Apr. 28: Fishing for Kids Saltwater Trout Tournament, Sea Hag Marina, Steinhatchee. Net proceeds benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at Shands Hospital. See www.ShandsGiving.org or call (800) 284-6472.

Ongoing-Apr. 30: Outcast Cobia Classic, Pensacola. Contact Tommy Holmes at (850) 457-1450.

Ongoing-Nov. 30: Key West Fishing Tournament, Key West. www.keywestfishingtournament.com; director@keywestfishingtournament.com.

Ongoing-April 30: Destin Cobia Tournament, Destin. Call HarborWalk Marina; www.destincobiatournament.com

May 2014

May 1-4: Winner’s Circle Charities Invitational Hosted by Mike Schmidt and HMY Yachts, Bimini Bay Resort, Bimini. Call (561) 575-3962; visit winnerscirclecharities.org

May 2-4: The Grove Slam, Coconut Grove. For more info, see www.groveslam.com; contact Tony@oceanpromotions.com; or call (305) 461 2700

May 2-4: Annual Casting for a Cause Tournament, Florida City. Call (305) 230-0264; www.castingforacause.com

May 2-5: Bull & Cow Dolphin Tournament, Marathon. Call Nancy at (305) 289-0199, ex. 104; www.marathonoffshoretournament.com.

May 3-4: Jacksonville Kayak Fishing Classic. Call Mike Kogan at (904) 382-5007; www.jaxkayakfishing.com.

May 3-4, Lee Building Industry Association’s 6th Annual Bricks & Sticks Inshore Benefit, Tarpon Point Marina, Cape Coral. Visit www.bia.net for more info or call 239-936-5525.

May 3-4: Ding Darling & Doc Ford Tarpon Tournament, Sanibel Island. In support of Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge. For info call Birgie Vertesch (239) 292-0566; director@dingdarlingsociety.org.

May 3-4: Lee Building Industry Association’s Annual Bricks & Sticks Inshore Benefit, Tarpon Point Marina, Cape Coral. Visit www.bia.net or call (239) 936-5525.

May 3-5: Gene Doyle Backcountry Release Fishing Tournament, Naples. Call (239) 261-4313; www.genedoyle.org.

May 4: Optimist Club Saltwater Tournament, Steinhatchee, Keaton Beach & Econfina. Call (352) 498-3008; www.seahag.com

May 4: Halifax Sport Fishing Club Special Needs Tournament, Port Orange. For more info, contact Randy Beardsley, director (386) 804-0352; rscbeards@yahoo.com; www.hsfc.com

May 5-10: Bahamas Billfish Championship, Cape Eleuthera, Bahamas. See www.bahamasbillfish.com.

May 7-10: Gibraltar Bank Keymorada Invitational, Hawks Cay. Call Mitchell Widom at (305) 375-6127; mwidom@bilzin.com.

May 9-12: Pompano Beach Saltwater Shootout, Pompano Beach. Call Jamie Bunn at (954) 725-4010; www.saltwatershootout.com.

*May 9-10: 2014 8th Annual Mother’s Day Dolphin Tournament to benefit Habitat for Humanity of the Middle Keys. www.mothersdaydolphintournament.com. Marathon, Florida Keys. Contact Christine Todd Young. 305-743-9828.

May 10: Bossman Boats Redfish Tournament Series, New Smyrna Beach. See www.bossmanboats.com or call Melissa (888) 458-8864.

May 10: Pasco-Hernando Community College Catch and Release Tournament, New Port Richey. Call (727) 816-3410; www.phcc.edu/gofish

May 10-11: Battle of the Yacht Clubs Offshore Tournament, Halifax River Yacht Club. The only requirement for entry is that one member of either club must be on each vessel. Contact Mike McQuarrie (386) 843-3266; MikeMcQuarrie@aol.com; or visit www.battleoftheyachtclubs.com

May 10-11: St. Lucie County Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Fishing Frenzy, Fort Pierce. Out of St. Lucie and Fort Pierce Inlets. Contact Terissa at (772) 340 1333 ext. 316

May 12: Big Bend Redfish Club Tournament, Steinhatchee. For info call Sea Hag Marina at (352) 498-3008; www.seahag.com

May 12: Mother of All Fishing Tournaments, Sebastian. Catch and Release for Trout, Redfish and Snook. Email gfwcfish@hotmail.com; www.gfwcsebastainjrs.org

May 18 & 25: Competition Tackle 2-Day Dolphin Dash, Fort Lauderdale. For more info call Barbara Ferguson at Competition Tackle at (954) 581-4476; competitiontack@bellsouth.net; competitiontackle.com; www.hbts.org

May 13-18: Faro-Blanco Invitational Tarpon, Marathon. See faroblancotarpon.com

May 15-18: The Custom Shootout, Abaco Beach Resort, The Bahamas. See www.customshootout.com

May 16-July 28: Suncoast Tarpon Roundup, Egmont Key. For info, call (727) 822-1300; www.suncoasttarponroundup.org

*May 16-17: Gotta Luv Them Fishing Tournament, Islamorada. Call Chris Trentine at (305) 481-5857; or visit http://www.gottaluvthem.org./

May 17-18: Florida Sportsman Southeast Bash & Tournament, Stuart.  Call Jim Serra 772 285 3320  Click Here for Details

May 15-18: Pompano Beach Fishing Rodeo, Pompano Beach. Call John Good at (954) 942-4513; www.pompanofishingrodeo.com.

May 17-19: The Original Big Pine & Lower Keys Dolphin Tournament, Sugarloaf KOA Marina. Catch a dolphin over 50 pounds and win $20,000. For more info contact The Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce, (800) 872-3722;  www.lowerkeyschamber.com

May 16-18: Fins Weekend, Miami. The Miami Dolphins Fins Weekend of fishing, games and social events. Contact Jason Jenkins at (954) 452-7174; JJenkins@dolphins.com

May 17: Antigua Barbuda Sportfishing Tournament, Antiqua. www.antiguabarbudasportfishing.com

May 17-18: Saltwater Classic, Fort Myers. Call Terry Adkins at (800) 546-4622; www.bluewaterpromo.com.

May 18: Extreme Kayak Fishing Tournament, Pompano Beach Pier. Call Maria B. Hector (954) 661-0175; mariabreier@yahoo.comwww.extremekayakfishing.com.

May 18: Annual Palm Beach Chapter FNGLA Fishing Tournament, Riviera Beach Marina. Info (561) 835-0661; PBFNGLA.com

May 18: Central Florida Offshore Anglers Fishing Tournament, Cape Canaveral. At Blue Points Marina. Ladies and Junior Divisions. For more info and rules go to www.cfoatournament.com

May 18: Frances Langford Memorial Fishing Tournament (SKA), Jensen Beach. See www.langfordska.com

May 18: Blue Water Open Dolphin Mania Fishing Tournament, Fort Pierce. Held at the City Marina. Proceeds benefit local charities for the prevention of child abuse. Contact the Exchange Club of Indian River Foundation; bluewateropen@gmail.com.

May 18-23: Sarasota Tarpon Tournament, Sarasota. With weekly winners competing June 23 for a one day fish-off. DNA samples collected. All to benefit Suncoast Charities for Children. For info contact Mason Tush (941) 356-8470 or Jeffri Durrance (941) 915-2933.

May 19-22: Outback Golden Fly Invitational Tarpon Tournament, Islamorada. Betsy Bullard @ fishnfever@bellsouth.net

May 21-25: Invitational Bluewater Tournament, St. Augustine. Contact Chris Combs, (904) 859-8383; www.nefma.com.

May 22-26: Bahamas Billfish Championship, Harbour Island. For more information, see www.bahamasbillfish.com.

May 22-25: Boat Harbour Round Up – LEG II, Abaco Beach Resort, The Bahamas. See www.abacobeachresort.com

May 24-25: Treasure Coast Builders Association Fishing Tournament, Stuart. Inshore and Offshore. Weigh-in at Pirates Cove Resort and Marina. Call (772) 464-8222 or www.treasurecoastba.com for registration info.

May 24-26: Florida Keys Dolphin Championship, Key Largo to Key West. Keys-wide tournament with registration and weigh-in at five Keys locations. See www.fkdc.co; www.floridakeysdolphinchampionship.com; or call Jim Sharpe (305) 395-8712.

May 26:  Wildwood Athletic Club Tournament, Steinhatchee. For info, (352) 498-3008; www.seahag.com

May 26: Old Nicks Speckle Trout Shootout, Choctawhatchee Bay. Contact Trey Nick, (850) 830-6161.

May 26-May 21: BBC Treasure Cay Championship, Abacos, Bahamas. Call the Bahamas Billfish Championship at
(954) 920-5577; www.bahamasbillfish.com

May 29: Yamaha Dolphin Masters Invitational, Key West. Call John Stuempfig at (305) 304-7674; wave.whacker@hotmail.com.

May 30-June 2: 2012 Billfish Invitational, Bimini Big Game Club. For more info, please contact Capt. Ned Stone at (954) 205 9595 or by email at nstone@guyharveyoutpost.com. Visit www.biggameclubbimini.com.

*May 31: The 29th Annual Ladies Fish-Off, Pompano Beach. For more information about the tournament or becoming a sponsor, please visit the website at www.ladiesfishoff.com or email the Ladies Fish-Off at ladiesfishoff@gmail.com.

May 31st – June 1st: Mad Dog Mandich 6th Annual Fishing Classic, Miami Beach. Contact leah@maddogclassic.com; www.maddogclassic.com.

June 2014

May 29- June 1: Miami Dade County Park and Recreation Blue Water Fishing Tournament, Matheson Hammock Marina. Contact Mary at (305) 755-7800; masmith@miamidade.gov

May 31-June 1: Fishing for the Dream Tournament, The Lighthouse Point Yacht and Racquet Club in Lighthouse Point. Organized by Deliver the Dream, a South Florida-based nonprofit that organizes retreats for families experiencing a serious illness or crisis. For more info call (954) 564-3512 and visit www.DeliverTheDream.org

May 30-June 2: 2012 Billfish Invitational, Bimini Big Game Club. For more info, please contact Capt. Ned Stone at (954) 205 9595 or by email at nstone@guyharveyoutpost.com. Visit www.biggameclubbimini.com.

May 31-June 3: Ladies Annual Fish-Off, Pompano Beach. Ladies Only tournament in its 25th year. Benefits Ronald McDonald House and The Billfish Foundation. See www.ladiesfishoff.com.

June 1-30: Florida East Coast Angler Action Derby. Encompasses entire coast, both inshore and offshore; recognition bash at River Palm Cottages and Fish Camp July 7. Family event that supports recreational angler data collection program. www.angleraction.org. For more information email Holly Andreotta at (352) 302-9072; holly@snookfoundation.org.

June 1-6: Don Hawley Invitational Tarpon Tournament, contact HawleyTournament@aol.com for more information.

June 1: Palm Beach County KDW Classic, Riviera Beach. Call Tom Twyford at (561) 832-6780; www.kdwclassic.com.

June 2-8: Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic, Biloxi. Contact Bobby Carter at (228) 239-2575 or email bobby@mgcbc.com; www.mgcbc.com

June 5-8: Halifax Sport Fishing Club’s Annual Lady Angler Tournament, Ponce Inlet. Payouts for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place for each species and overall. For more information, contact Randy Beardsley (386) 804-0352.

June 6-7: The Ed Alber Tarpon Rodeo, Tampa Bay. For info contact Aackman@tampabaywatch.org; www.tampabaywatch.org

June 7: Blue Water Open, Sebastian Inlet. Contact Karen McElveen at (727) 388-5609; www.bluewateropen.com

June 8: Florida Sport Fishing Association Offshore Slam, Port Canaveral. Check out www.fsfaclub.org or email Director Steve Goff at pestman2000@yahoo.com; (321) 453-9569.

June 7-8: 8th Annual Charity Offshore Tournament, Hillsboro County Sheriff’s Office, contact Mark Mitchelson for information at mmitchel@hcso.tampa.fl.us

June 8: Bossman Boats Redfish Tournament Series, New Smyrna Beach. See www.bossmanboats.com or call Melissa (888) 458-8864.

June 7-8: Annual Cobia Tournament, Homosassa. Call MacRae’s Bait & Tackle (352) 628-2602

June 8: Grand Slam/Castaways Kids Fishing Day, Jupiter. Contact Grand Slam Tournaments.

June 8: Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Charity Tournament, Tampa. Call Mark at (813) 247-8115.

June 6-9: Pompano Beach Saltwater Slam, Hillsboro Inlet, Pompano Beach. Call (954) 725-4010; www.saltwaterslam.com

June 7: 27th Annual Tallahassee Builders Association Saltwater Fishing Tournament in Carrabelle Fl. Cash prizes for various species and Grand Slams in both off-shore and in-shore divisions. Visit www.tallyba.com or e-mail pthompson@fhba.com.

June 7: Steinhatchee Nauti Girls Tournament, Steinhatchee. For info, (352) 498-3008; www.seahag.com

June 9: Halifax Sport Fishing Club Lady Angler Tournament, Port Orange. For more info, contact Randy Beardsley, director (386) 804-0352; rscbeards@yahoo.comwww.hsfc.com

June 9-14: The Bahamas Billfish Championship. See www.bahamasbillfish.com.

June 10-12: Women’s Spring Tarpon Fly Tournament, Islamorada. Call Charlotte Ambrogio (305) 942-0428; csasun@aol.com

June 11-13: 26th Annual Big Bend Saltwater Classic. Go to Saltwaterclassic.com for more information.

June 13-14: Doug Johnson’s Reeling For Kids Charity Tournament, Steinhatchee. Call Laura Gavidi at (352) 372-5342; www.reelingforkids.com; Including The Boat Mirage Raffle, valued at over $70,000.00. $30,000 cash and prizes. To Benefit The Boys & Girls Club of Alachua County.

June 12-15: 43rd Annual Bill Hargreaves Fishing Rodeo. Grand Lagoon Yacht Club, Pensacola. www.billhargreavesfishingrodeo.com

June 14-16: Big Bend Saltwater Classic, Carrabelle. Sponsored by the Organization for Artificial Reefs (OAR). Call Matt Lambert, Tournament Chair (850) 216-2272; www.saltwaterclassic.com

June 14: Miami Kiwanis Dolphin Tournament, Miami. Call George Cadman at (305) 322-3471; www.kiwanisfishing.com.

June 14 : Fountain Mercury Kingbuster 400, St. Augustine. Call (904) 992-9600; www.Kingbuster.com

June 14: Annual Clay Roberts Memorial Inshore Slam Fishing Tournament, Jacksonville. WWW.fishwithclay.com; Call Capt. Bill Parker (904) 982-5799.

June 15: Bossman Boats Redfish Tournament Series, New Smyrna Beach. See www.bossmanboats.com or call Melissa (888) 458-8864.

June 15-16: Venice Gulf 2 Bay Classic, Venice. Offshore, inshore and kayak divisions. For info, contact Capt. Kevin M. Deiter at kevin@feedingfrenzysac.com; www.feedingfrenzysac.com; (941) 234-2041.

June 16-20: Gold Cup Tarpon Tournament, Islamorada. Contact Charlotte Ambrogio at (305) 664-8400; csasun@aol.com

June 20-21: Hillsborough County Sheriffs Office Tournament, Tampa. Contact Deputy Steve Ferreira for more information at (813)-247-8115.

June 18-22: Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic, Sandestin. Call for info, (866) 505-4458; www.fishecbc.com

June 19: Hospice Horizon’s Fishing Tournament, Palm Beach. Contact Amanda Bellarose for more info, (561)-909-7363

June 20-22: The King of the Inlet, Wahoo Event, Ponce Inlet. Contact Guy at (386) 290-1365; www.kingoftheinlet.com

June 21: 15th Annual Horizons Fishing Tournament, Riviera Beach Marina. Contact Franzannie Guiteau @ (561) 273-2242 for more information.

June 21-22: Pensacola Bud Light Fishing Rodeo. Flounder’s Chowder House, Pensacola Beach. www.pensacolafishingrodeo.com

June 28: Lake Worth Fishing Tournament KDW, Lake Worth, Palm Beach Yacht Center. Limit 65 Boats. Contact Tuppens Marine & Tackle lwft@earthlink.net; www.lakeworthfishingtournament.com

June 28-29: Jacksonville Saltwater Classic, Ft. George Marina, Jacksonville. Call (800) 546-4622; www.saltwaterclassicseries.com

June 29: Rat-L-Trap Classic, Lake Toho. For entry form and rules visit: www.rat-l-trap.com. For more information e-mail: mcumbaa@rat-l-trap.com.

May 18-July 26: Suncoast Tarpon Roundup, Egmont Key. Tournament fishing on weekends only. For info, call Charlie Crisp at (813) 826-7548; www.suncoasttarponroundup.org

July 2014

July 2-6: Pensacola International Billfish Tournament, Pensacola. Contact Pensacola Big Game Fishing Club at (850) 453 4638; www.pbgfc.com

July 3-6: Annual Caicos Classic Release Fishing Tournament, Turks & Caicos Islands. Call Art Pickering at (649) 231-0278; www.caicosclassic.com

July 3-7: Bermuda Billfish Blast, Bermuda. Contact Dan Jacobs at (407) 571-4680; www.BermudaBillfishBlast.com

July 12-13: 4th Annual Big Dog Fat Cat KDW Shootout. Benefits the Big Dog Rescue Ranch and the Vinceramos Therapeutic Horseback Riding Center. Palm Beach County. http://www.bigdogfatcat.org/ contact Bill Wummer (561) 315-3722 Home of Florida’s first LEED Gold Certified School

July 12-14: 3rd Annual Lionfish Bash, Bimini Sands Resort and Marina, contact Lucy Foerster at lucy.foerster@woodyfoundation.org, www.woodyfoundation.org

July 12-14: Ancient City Kingfish Challenge, St. Augustine. Call (904) 825-1026; www.acgfa.com

July 13: Reefbuilder Benefit Tournament & Lionfish Round-up, Stuart. Call (772) 223-1685; www.mcacreeffund.org

July 13: The Friendly Flamingo Tournament, Flamingo in Everglades Park. Snook, redfish, tarpon and seatrout event and benefits Everglades National Park. Check out www.fftseries.com or email Gregory at gnfsnooker@hotmail.com; (954) 240-7447.

July 13: Root Memorial Fishing Tournament, D&D Bait & Tackle, Matlacha. Benefits regional Trauma Center, the Lee Memorial Health System Trauma Center, serving all Southwest Florida. Catch, photo & release tournament. Call (239) 282-9122 or www.davidleerootmemorial.com

July 13-14: Stuart Sailfish Club’s Ladies’ Tournament, Stuart. Call Char Griggs at (772) 286-9373; sailfish@stuartsailfishclub.com.

July 14: John Carroll High School “Golden Ram” Inshore Tournament, Harbortown Marina, Ft. Pierce, www.myflfa.com

July 14-17: Del Brown Permit Tournament, Fly-Only, Key West, FL. Contact Loren Rea at info@delbrown.com, www.delbrown.com

July 14-17: Del Brown Permit Tournament, Islamorada. Call Charlotte Ambrogio (305) 664-2444 or email her at csasun@aol.com

July 15-20: AT&T Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament & Festival. Contact Bob Gipson at (904) 251-3011; www.kingfishtournament.com

July 17-20: Key West Drambuie Marlin Tournament. Contact Scott Greene, tournament director, at (305) 292 2710 or info@keywestmarlin.com; www.keywestmarlin.com

July 19: 6th Annual “Hooked on Habitat” Redfish Tournament, run by Flatsmasters. Great prizes, great food, great cause! Proceeds benefit Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity. Visit www.charlotecountyhfh.org.

July 20: C-Quarters Youth Fishing Tournament, Carrabelle. See www.c-quartersmarina.com for more info.

July 20: Annual Horizons Benefit Tournament, Palm Beach. Call Lauryn Barry at (561) 494-6884; www.hpbcf.org

July 20: FLFA Jr. Angler Free Inshore Tournament #1, Sebastian. Call Jeff Brauer at (772) 633-8800, irafr03@yahoo.com; www.myflfa.com

July 26-27: Annual Marquardt’s Marina Offshore Classic, Mexico Beach. Call (850) 648-8900; info@marquardtsmarina.com

August 2014

Aug. 2-3: Annual Kingfish Shootout, C-Quarters Marina, Carrabelle. Net proceeds benefit The Leukemia Research Foundation. Visit www.c-quartersmarina.com for more info.

Aug. 5-7: Fernandina Beach Fishing Rodeo, Fernandina. www.fishnsfa.com

Aug. 5-9: Sarasota Slam HBA Fishing Tournament, Sarasota. Contact Leslie Weed at (941) 907-4133;
www.sarasotaslam.com

Aug. 7-10: Pompano Beach Saltwater Showdown. Contact Cassandra Kusmich, (954).725.4010

Aug. 9-10: Stuart Sailfish Club Junior Anglers Tournament, Stuart. Call (772) 286-9373; www.stuartsailfishclub.com

Aug. 16: 3rd Annual Trash Can Slam Fishing Tournament, Bayfront, Tavern on the Bay. Contact Yesenia at (239) 263-4384 or by e-mail at yesenia@duinaples.com.

Aug. 16: Anchorage Aweigh Fishing Tournament, North Palm Beach. Kayak and Boat Divisions. For tournament rules and to register visit www.village-nbp.org. Contact Nancy Hensler @ 561-841-3386 for more information.

Aug. 17-18: The Grouper Grab, location TBA. Contact Kristi Riley (239) 850 1707; kristiriley@gmail.com; thegroupergrab.com.

Aug. 19-23: Old Salt Fishing Foundation’s LOOP All Release Billfish Tournament, Madeira Beach. Known as the Ironman of Billfishing event. 2012 is the 41st year of the event. See www.oldsaltfishing.org

Aug. 23: Hooks4Heroes Inshore SLAM benefiting Wounded Warrior Anglers of America, Jacksonville Beach, catch/photo/release tournament, more info on www.woundedwarrioranglers.org or Facebook.com/jaxhooks4heroes. E-mail: jaxhooks4heroes@gmail.com.

Aug. 23: Second annual Treasure Coast Bonito Blast, For more info contact Kim Emmons at 309-453-2170

Aug. 23: Annual Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association Kingfish Tournament, Mexico Beach. Go to www.mbara.org for full details.

Aug. 23: 5th Annual Spartan Fishing Tournament, La Siesta Resort and Marina in Islamorada, FL, Contact: Scott Giberson. Email: sgiberson@pacehs.com; www.paceanglersclub.com.

Aug. 29-30: Gator Classic Flathead Catfish Tournament, Gaskin Park Landing, Wewahitchka. Contact Dennis Peak (850) 340-1029; www.floridacatfishclassic.com.

Aug 31.: 3rd Annual 4H Grand Slam Fishing Tournament. Ft. Pierce City Marina. For more information call 772-232-3594 or email hhssfishingtournament@gmail.com.

September 2014

Sept. 4-6: Old Salt Fishing Foundation’s Ladies In/Offshore Tournament, Madeira Beach. See www.oldsaltfishing.org

Sept. 6: 3rd Annual Pahter Baseball Alumni Redfish Tournament, Fort Myers Beach, Contact Chris Davison
(239)247-4161

Sept. 7-8: Indian River Medical Center’s Charity Fishing Tournament, Sebastian. All proceeds go to the United Way of Indian River County. For more information contact Ann Rieben at ann.rieben@irmc.cc or call (772) 539-2664.

Sept 8: Bossman Boats Redfish Tournament Series, New Smyrna Beach. See www.bossmanboats.com or call Melissa (888) 458-8864.

Sept 13: 1st Annual KDW Sports Fishing Tournament “Chasen’Tailz,” Jupiter, FL. See www.chasentailz.com for more information. All proceeds to go benefit the National Gaucher Foundation, fundraiser benefiting Chase Warren. Contact Summer Warren at (561) 201-7757 for additional information.

Sept. 14: Help Emily Now Charity Tournament, Titusville. At Kayaks by Bo; to help keep Emily Rouse in her school. See www.helpemilynow.org or call Austin Rouse (407) 252-9828; fish4reds@yahoo.com

Sept. 18: Marathon International Bonefish Tournament, Marathon. Call Laural at (305) 304-8682

Sept. 20: Fillet and Release Tournament, Fort Myers Beach. To benefit Hope Hospice. For more info contact Ralph Andrew (239) 222-6787 or visit www.filletandrelease4hospice.com.

Sept. 19-21: Islamorada Invitational Fall Fly Bonefish tournament, Islamorada. Contact Rick Orcutt (305) rickorcutt@southernwine.com

Sept. 19-21: Herman Lucerne Memorial Tournament, Key Largo; csasun@aol.com; www.hermanlucerne.com/info.html

Sept. 19-21: Oldest City Red Trout Celebrity Redbone, St. Augustine. (904) 733-3560; For the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. www.redbone.org

Sept. 26-27: Michael Shields Memorial Inshore Open at River Palms Cottages, Jensen Beach, FL. Benefitting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County. For more information contact Juliet Ciaravino, (772) 545.1255 or jciaravino@bgmartin.org. Check out the website at www.fishforthekids.org

Sept. 26-27: Florida Catfish Classic, Gaskin Park Landing, Wewahitchka. Contact Don Minchew (850) 814-3180 or (850) 639-2605; www.floridacatfishclassic.com

Sept. 28-30: Take Stock in Children Backcountry Challenge, Key Largo. Proceeds benefit local Rotary scholarships. Contact Mike (305) 852-4087.

October 2013 for Reference

*2014 Dates

Oct. 5: Ladies KDW Bluewater Babes Fish for Cure Tournament to benefit Cancer Alliance, Jupiter. (561) 847-2090; fishforacure.com; grandslamtackle.com

Oct. 5-6: Mambo’s Kingfish Shootout, Naples. Contact Alberto Abad (239) 495-1841; www.fishska.com.

Oct. 5-6: InShore/OffShore Fishing Tournament, Sarasota. Sponsored by Sarasota Christian School. Contact Director Betsy Christner (941) 371-6481 ext. 222.

Oct. 5-6: Full of Bull Redfish Tournament, Jacksonville. At Beach Marine in Jacksonville Beach, with the Hook the Future Kid’s Dock Tournament. For more info, visit www.fullofbullredfish.com or contact Frank at Frank@HookTheFuture.com; (904) 465 4552.

Oct. 6-7: Rhythm & Reels Redfish Tournament and Outdoor Music Festival, Tarpon Point Marina, Cape Coral. Benefits Veterans Foundation. Contact Jonathan Black (239) 541-5017; john.black@sunstream.com; See www.RhythmAndReels.com

Oct. 8-10: Islamorada All-Tackle Bonefish Tournament, Islamorada. Contact Betsy Bullard; fishnfever@bellsouth.net

Oct. 11-12, 2013: Halifax Sport Fishing Club’s Inshore Classic, Riverside Pavilion in Port Orange. For reds and trout (live release for reds) and side tournaments. Contact director Randy Beardsley (386) 804 0352; rscbeards@yahoo.com or Helen Klenk (386) 547-1813; rklenk7555@aol.com.

Oct. 11-13: Baybone Celebrity, Key Largo. Call Gary Ellis (305) 664-2002; redboneinc@aol.com; www.redbone.org

Oct. 11-14: New Smyrna Beach Billfish Tournament, New Smyrna Beach. Contact Capt. Jon Zeller, (386) 290-4181; www.nsbbi.com

Oct 12: Fishing for Hearts Inshore Photo Release Tournament, Tampa Bay. Benefits Athletes for Hearts & Ronald McDonald House Charities of Tampa Bay. Contact Janice Davis (813) 258 6430; www.fishingforhearts.com.

Oct. 12: Lucas “Luke” Corbitt Memorial Tournament, Waccasassa Boat Ramp, Gulf Hammock. Proceeds benefit the Children’s Table. Call 352-278-3379.

Oct. 12-13: Hooked on Hope Inshore Tournament, St. Petersburg. To benefit breast cancer research. Check www.hookedonhope.org; Lori Deaton, (813) 967-5032.

Oct. 13: Florida Irrigation Society Creek Wars Triple Challenge Tournament, Jacksonville. At Jim King Park, benefits The Wolfson Children’s Hospital and the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation. See Creekwars.com or call Kirk at (904) 483-6212.

Oct. 13: 15th Annual Pine Island Elementary Fishing Tournament & Kid Derby. Sponsored by www.MatlachaHookers.org.

*Oct. 17: 5th Annual Fishing for Hearts Tournament, Loggerhead Marina. Presented by the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Tampa Bay. For more information contact Ashley Johnson at (813) 258-6430 ext. 4.

Oct. 18-19: Publix Mad Dog Mandich Tournament, Islamorada; www.maddogclassic.com. Contact Leah (305) 667-0399.

Oct. 18-20: El Pescado Grande Invitational, St. Augustine. Benefit for the Monique Burr Foundation. www.elpescadobillfish.com

Oct. 19-20: Casting for Cats, Islamorada. Call Sharon (305) 393-6174.

Oct. 19: Milliken’s Reef Mac Attack (benefiting Patrick AFB Wounded Warrior Project)Captains Party – Friday October 19, 2012 6pm @ Milliken’s Reef, Port Canaveral Fishing – October 20 & 21, 2013; www.millikensreeffishing.com; for more info contact Dave Heil dheil331@gmail.com

Oct. 19-21: Mercury Grand Slam Celebrity Tournament, St. Petersburg. Call (813) 269-0955; www.pcfusa.org

Oct. 20: Halifax Sportfishing Club Inshore Classic, Port Orange. For more info, contact Randy Beardsley, director (386) 804-0352; rscbeards@yahoo.com; www.hsfc.com

Oct. 20: Annual Fishing for Cudas Tournament, New Smyrna Beach. Benefits the high school athletic programs. For more info, contact Robert Wall (386) 424-2555 or rcwall@volusia.k12.fl.us

Oct. 20-21: IrishWaterDogs Invitational Kayak Fishing Tournament, Jacksonville. Charity event that benefits veterans. All information is available on the tournament website http://www.irishwaterdogsinvitational.com/

Oct. 23-25: Capt. Ed Dwyer’s Billfish Classic,  Ocean Club at Port Canaveral 930 Mullet Rd. Port Canaveral, FL 32920Contact Ed or Candy Dwyer at 321-338-7737 or ticketfish@aol.com to registerwww.othersidefishing.com. The first tournament in a 4 tournament series for the Tournament Series Championship (TSC) along with the New Smyrna Beach Billfish Invitational, El Pescado Billfish Tournament, and the Fall Sailfish Classic.

Oct. 27: Mangrove Coast/Coastal Conservation Association Fall Fly Fishing Challenge, Sarasota. Please call Steve Gibson for more info (941) 284-3406 or Rick Grassett (941) 923-7799.

Oct. 31-Nov. 3: El Salvador International Billfish Tournament, Bahia del Sol. An all-release billfish tournament, with a variety of divisions. Grand Prize a Brand new 2013 Pursuit 180C Center Console. An IGFA tournament. Email Paco Saca:
paco@offshoreboutique.com or Marco Antonio Zabla @ presidencia@bahiadelsoleelsalvador.com

November 2013 for Reference

Nov. 1-3: Old Salt Loop’s Fall King of the Beach, Madeira Beach. See www.oldsaltfishing.org

Nov. 2-3: Caloosa Grand Championship,Lee County. Call Kristi Riley: (239) 850 1707; kristiriley@gmail.com; www.caloosacatchandrelease.com

Nov. 2-4: RedSnook Catch & Release with Roland Martin, Collier County. Call (239) 403-4200; www.conservancy.org/redsnook

Nov. 2-4: Redbone Celebrity, Islamorada. Call Gary Ellis (305) 664-2002; www.redbone.org

Nov. 3: Stuart Sailfish Club Members Tournament, Stuart. (772) 286-9373; www.stuartsailfishclub.com

Nov. 3: The Bob Lewis Billfish Challenge & Charity Annual Kids Fishing Tournament, Miami-Dade County’s Tropical Park, Miami. For info or to register, visit www.billfishchallenge.com or call the director, Tracey Preston at (786) 395-0395; tracey@billfishchallenge.com

*Nov. 8-10: The 2nd Annual Cheeca Lodge All American Backcountry Fishing Tournament, contact Julie Olsen at jolsen@cheeca.com or call (305)517-4449 for more information.

Nov. 9-11: All-American Backcountry Fishing Tournament, Cheeca Lodge, Islamorada. Release tournament. Proceeds will benefit Bonefish & Tarpon Trust. Contact Tournament Director Julie Olsen (360) 288-2436; rainrider@hughes.net; www.cheeca.com

Nov. 10: Halifax Sport Fishing Club Annual Surf Fishing Tournament, Daytona Beach Shores. Prizes, coffee and donuts before the start at 7 a.m. For info contact Randy Beardsley at (386) 804-0352 or visit the website at HSFC.com.

Nov. 12-14: The Sailfish Cup, Miami. Contact Laura Emmole or Brian Switala at (727) 631-0072; www.sailfishcup.com

Nov. 18-21: Redbone Bahamas Deepwater Cay Fall Bonefish Classic, Grand Bahama Island. Call (305) 664-2002; www.redbone.org

Nov. 21-23: Deep Water Cay Bonefish Classic, Grand Bahama Island. Call Gary Ellis (305) 664-2002; redboneinc@aol.com; www.redbone.org

Nov. 29-Dec. 2: Islamorada Sailfish Tournament, Islamorada. Call Diane at (305) 852-2102.

December 2013 for Reference

Nov. 29-Dec. 2: Islamorada Sailfish Tournament, Islamorada. Contact Diane Harbaugh at (305) 852-2102; ditournaments@aol.com; wwwislamoradasailfishtournament.com

Dec. 1: 1st Annual Coast Guard Enlisted Association (CGEA) Redfish/Snook Fishing Tournament, Diversified Marine, Fort Myers Beach. For more info contact tournament director Jerry McMillen @ (954) 439-0961; fishcgea@gmail.com.

Dec. 5-8: Islamorada Fishing Club Captain’s Cup Sailfish Tournament, Islamorada. Call (305) 664-4725; www.theislamoradafishingclub.org.

Dec. 6-9: Stuart Sailfish Club’s Light Tackle Tournament, Stuart. Call (772) 286-9373; www.stuartsailfishclub.com.

Dec 7-9: Captain Don Gurgiolo Sailfish Classic, Islamorada. Call Tammy Gurgiolo at (305) 240-9337; fishnbully@msn.com.

Dec. 12-16: Operation Sailfish, Sailfish Marina, Singer Island (1st Leg in the Quest for the Crest Sailfish Series) www.operationsailfish.com

Dec. 14-16: Islamorada Junior Sailfish Tournament, Islamorada. Call Tammy Gurgiolo at (305) 240-9337; fishnbully@msn.com.

 

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