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Florida Keys Fishing Tournaments

Florida Keys Fishing Tournaments Calendar

Fishing Charters Marathon Fl - Deep Sea Fishing Marathon Florida Keys provides excellent fishing year round and over 600 species of fish to catch. With warm weather year round and 125 mile stretch of 1700 islands that make up the Florida Keys. Marathon Keys offers backcountry fishing that features bonefish tarpon, permit, redfish and Snook. Reef & wreck fishing is also very good in Marathon including fishing types of snapper, grouper, jacks and of course adrenaline pumping Offshore deep sea fishing for blue and white marlin, sailfish, swardfish, tuna and dolphin. 

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. 

Fishing of January 1 to August 31 in Key West

Finish of Key West Fishing Tournament

August, 2019

Contact: Doris Harris


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.

Additional information at: 

September 6 - 8, 2019

Contact: Gary or Susen Ellis



Key West Robert James Sales S.L.A.M. Celebrity Tournament


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. 

Registration info: 

Islamorada Florida Herman Lucerne Memorial Tournament at Island Resort

September 20 - 22, 2019 

Contact: Kellie Trotta


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. 

September 27 - 29, 2019

Contact: Matthew Francis



Key Largo ​Take Stock in Children Backcountry Challenge


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.

Islamorada ​Robert James Sales Baybone Celebrity Tournament

October 4 - 6, 2019

Contact: Gary or Susan Ellis


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.

October 13 - 16, 2019

Contact: Kellie Trotta



The Islamorada World Championship Fall All Tackle Bonefish & Permit 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. 

Islamorada (Held every 3rd weekend of every October) Casting for Cats Women's Backcountry Tournament

October 19 - 20, 2019

Contact: Sharon Mahoney Ellenwood


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: 

October    2019


October TBA in Islamorada Fall Backcountry Fly Championship Series


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

October TBA (late Spring) in Islamorada "Ladies, Let's Go Fishing!" Annual Keys Fishing University for Women

October   2019

Contact: Betty Bauman


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


November 1 - 3, 2019


Robert James Sales Redbone Celebrity Tournament

Contact: Gary or Susan Ellis



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. 

Cheeca Lodge & Spa All-American Backcountry Tournament

November 7 - 9, 2019

Contact: Lisa Thornhill


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



December 5 - 8, 2019


Islamorada Sailfish Tournament

Contact: Dianne Harbaugh



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.

Islamorada Junior Sailfish Tournament

December 20 - 22, 2019

Contact: Tammie Gurgiolo


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!

Dates for 2020 Coming Up!


Fishing Tournaments

2020 Coming Up Soon!

Fishing Tournaments


TOURNAMENTS for the following year 2020 will be posted sometime in Nov. – Dec. because I have to wait for these tournaments to be posted with their future dates. 


The cost to enter these tournaments?

The boats you use in the tournaments can we use a pontoon boat to fish? 

Each Tournament has it’s own cost and availability.

Boats are often supplied through Captains or you provide your own boat. Pontoon boats are not the type of watercraft used, so I would doubt you use one. However, there may be some tournaments more flexible but again you would need to check with each tournament(s) you are interested in to see if your boat is allowed, what pricing is, and whether there’s any openings left.

Schedule for 2020

January  2020

2020 Scheduale

January 2020 Fishing Tournaments

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