Barely a year ago it was just a good idea waiting to happen, now the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is preparing to give away the first TrophyCatch championship ring and a slew of other prizes – a boat, fiberglass fish mount and more – to the winners, including a special $10,000 prize presented by Experience Kissimmee.
The Kayak Fishing ClassicS held the 4th annual Ozello Classic on September 7 hosted by Pecks Old Port Cove Restaurant, the famous local eatery. The Ozello Classic was the 5th and final Gulf Coast divisional tournament and series championship.
The Kayak Fishing ClassicS held the Pine Island Classic on July 13, hosted by the famous Tarpon Lodge on Pine Island. The Gulf Division is still up in the air and the series championship will come down to the wire…again. Nothing was really settled as far as the Gulf series goes and it will be anyone’s game at Ozello come September.
Friendly Flamingo Fishing Tournament runs for 12th year. The tournament kicked off on July 11th at Tradewinds Bar and Grill at Bayside marina with a meet and greet for the anglers and their families. The criteria of fish for this event was for anglers to try and get the inshore grand slam, which consists of: tarpon, redfish, snook, and trout.
Today, Long Nguyen and Blair Wickstrom presented a $9372.00 check to the Jouppi family of Stuart, FL. The check will benefit the youngest, Dylan Jouppi, who was born with an encephalocele, hydrocephalus, Dandy-Walker Syndrome and Klippel-Feil Syndrome. This check came from the Florida Sportsman Southeast Bash fishing tournament that ran this past May.
For those teams braving a rough crossing to Bimini, the First Annual Billfish Bonanza this past weekend was worth the chop with sails, blues, dolphin and tuna waiting for action.
Florida Sportsman executive editor Jeff Weakley joined up with the crews down at the 2013 Yamaha Contender Miami Billfish Tournament to capture some of the action. Check out the photos and captions below for a rundown of the event.
4 Aces, owned by Miamian Peter Adrian and skippered by John Dudas, tallied 16 sailfish releases to take top honors at the two-day Jimmy Johnson National Billfish Championship that ended Saturday in the Florida Keys.
The Kayak Fishing ClassicS opened the East Coast divisional series on February 9 with the Mosquito Lagoon Redfish Classic in Titusville, Florida. The three redfish tournament was greeted with sustained high winds that would build during the three day weekend.
Kyle Monti of Okeechobee,Fla., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 24 pounds even Saturday to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League Gator Division event on Lake Okeechobee. For his victory, Monti earned $6,000.
71 boats cleared three different inlets on the morning of February 9th with hopes of taking home the 1st place title in the 2013 Sailfish Challenge. 36 boats checked out of Lake Worth Inlet, 24 out of Hillsboro and 11 out of Government Cut.
Rich Howes, 39, of Oviedo, Fla., is the winner of the 2013 Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Southern Open on the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes in Florida, but it wasn’t easy, and it didn’t happen fast.
A Canadian man and a local lady angler teamed up with five releases of sails to win Capt. Al Flutie’s 24th Over-the-Hill Rip-Off Sailfish Tournament, Jan. 21-22, in a one day Atlantic Ocean catch and release fishing event, benefiting two Florida Keys charities.
The Kayak Fishing ClassicS held the Old Tampa Bay Classic, the Gulf Coast Division opener on January 9. The event was sponsor and angler rich with a fantastic turnout of some of the best anglers from around the Gulf Coastal States and Canada.