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.
Hosted at Sailfish Marina on Singer Island, 37 of the best sailfishing teams in the world competed in the inaugural Operation Sailfish event – leg 1 of the highly touted Quest for the Crest Sailfish Series.
With the lockout negotiations still dragging on, NHL Florida Panthers Head Coach Kevin Dineen shed his whistle and skates for some fly fishing, barefoot style at the Redbone@Large’s The Tournament at the Legendary Ocean Reef Club.
The Bahamas Wahoo Smackdown, hosted by the historic Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina on November 16-18, saw more than 60 anglers competing for more than $30,000 in cash and prizes and landing nearly a ton and a half fish in the process.
For Miami resident Ross Reeder, earning grand champion honors at the Florida Keys’ Redbone tournament that ended Sunday, Nov. 4, was especially significant as the tournament marked its silver anniversary.
Anglers Hook Record $125,000 in 2012 RedSnook Tournament for Conservancy of Southwest Florida. Forty-four teams participated in the 2012 RedSnook Catch & Release Charity Tournament Nov. 2-4, 2012, generating a record $125,000 to support the water quality protection and gamefish research conducted by the Conservancy of Southwest Florida.