The Islamorada Sailfish Tournament - 2003
The Islamorada Sailfish Tournament
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Islamorada / November 2 - 4
Redbone Celebrity Tournament
Celebrities join other anglers to catch bonefish and redfish to raise money for cystic fibrosis research in the final event of the annual Redbone Celebrity Tournament Series.
Contact: Gary or Susan Ellis 305-664-2002
Islamorada / November 9 - 11
Inaugural Cheeca Lodge & Spa All-American Backcountry Fishing Tournament
To be held at Cheeca Lodge & Spa, Mile Marker 82, Oceanside, this inaugural event targets snook, redfish, bonefish, tarpon, permit. World Wide Sportsman is to be headquarters for fishing. Prizes and trophies are to be awarded, and proceeds benefit the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust. Registration fee of $2,000 includes entry into three social events.
Contact: Julie Olsen 360-288-2436
Islamorada / November 9 - 11
"Ladies, Let's Go Fishing!" Annual Keys Fishing University for Women
Female anglers polish their skills and fish in an event sponsored by the fishing education and advocacy group "Ladies, Let's Go Fishing!" Held at the Tavernier Elk's Club with fishing out of Whale Harbor, Islamorada, the weekend event boasts nearly 7,000 lady graduates over the last 17 years. Ages 16 to seniors welcome. Bonus fishing days offered.
Contact: Betty Bauman 954-475-9068
Islamorada / November 29 - December 2
Islamorada Sailfish Tournament
The first leg of the triple-crown Florida Keys Gold Cup Championship Series is characterized by high-flying sail action, conservation and sportsmanship. It's also the only tournament in the Gold Cup series to offer a junior division for anglers aged 16 and younger. Unlimited anglers are allowed per vessel.
Contact: Dianne Harbaugh 305-852-2102 or 305-522-4868
Islamorada / November 29 to January 31
Florida Gold Cup Sailfish Championship
Anglers pursue sailfish, the most plentiful billfish in the waters off the Keys, in a series of competitions. Limited entry register early at
Contact: Dianne Harbaugh(305) 852-2102
Islamorada / December 5 - 6
IFC Captain's Cup Sailfish Tournament
A winner-take-all prize, along with the prestigious Captain's Cup, is to go to the top boat team - each team is allowed up to four anglers per boat. The guaranteed cash prize is based upon the number of boats registered for the one-day event.
Contact: Islamorada Fishing Club 305-664-4735
Islamorada / December 7 - 9
Don Gurgiolo Sailfish Classic
Part of the acclaimed Redbone at Large series of tournaments, this all-release tournament offers anglers a chance to pursue sailfish in Captain Don's memory. Up to four anglers can fish per boat.
Contact: Tammie Gurgiolo 305-240-9337
Islamorada / December 14 - 16
Islamorada Junior Sailfish Tournament
Recreation for teens in the Florida Keys can mean learning from experienced local captains and mates to tie a bimini or rig ballyhoo. One weekend each year anglers aged 16 and younger can apply such lessons in this competition. A maximum of six anglers is allowed per boat. Proceeds help benefit Toys for Tots of Monroe County.
Contact: Tammie Gurgiolo 305-240-9337

Key Largo / January 4 - 6
17th Annual Key Largo Sailfish Challenge
Up to four anglers per boat can register for the event. Cash prizes and trophies await the first- through third-place teams. Auctions and raffles are to highlight the event, whose proceeds benefit the Coral Shores High School band program.
Contact: Tammie Gurgiolo 305-240-9337
Islamorada / January 9 - 10
The Islamorada SailFly Championship
In this fly fishing, all-release boat team tournament, captains, mates or anglers can tease, but only the registered anglers can cast, hook and play the fish. The 13th annual invitational challenge is limited to 20 teams, with no more than two anglers per boat.
Contact: Sandy Moret 305-664-5423
Islamorada / January 17 - 19
Cheeca Lodge Presidential Sailfish Tournament
Now in its 23rd year, the tourney is a facet of the World Billfish Series and the second leg of the three-tournament Florida Keys Gold Cup Sailfish Championship. The event kicks off Jan. 17 with two days of 12-pound test, light tackle fishing Jan. 18-19 wrestling the high flyers.
Contact: Liz Hill 305-451-5094
Islamorada / January 21 - 22
Al Flutie Over the Hill Rip-Off Sailfish Tournament
Entering its 24th year, this event is "almost too much fun for old guys to handle." Locally called the Flutie, the tournament has donated $420,000 to local and national charities. Anglers age 50 and over are welcome.
Contact: Gordon Ross 305-852-3282, ext. 25
Islamorada / January 23 - 24
IFC Sailfish Tournament
Presented by the Islamorada Fishing Club, this final leg of the Florida Keys Gold Cup Series offers up to a winner-take-all cash prize. The field is limited, so register early.
Contact: Islamorada Fishing Club 305-664-4735
Islamorada / January 25 - 26
22nd Annual Swamp Guides Fishing Tournament
Always held the last weekend of January, this all-release event offers fishing for bonefish, redfish and snook in the shallows of the Florida Keys and the saltwater fringes of the Everglades. Proceeds benefit the Guides Trust Foundation.
Contact: Terry 305-664-5142
Islamorada/ Feb 5-6
Poor Girls Sailfish Tournament
A large regional charity competition that typically draws more than 200 anglers, the challenge offers ten trophies, including first-, second- and third-place teams, grand champion and runner-up grand champion anglers. Entry fee includes fishing, kick-off party and awards banquet.
Contact: Sharon 305-393-6174
Islamorada / February 8 - 10
Islamorada Women's Sailfish Tournament
In this light-tackle challenge, awards await the grand champion team (boat), first runner-up and second runner-up team, captain and mate, as well as those recognizing the high-point angler.
Contact: Tammie Gurgiolo 305-240-9337
Islamorada / February 10 - 11
Bartender's Sailfish Open
A boat tournament among actively employed bartenders, this locals' favorite challenge offers trophy awards and bragging rights to winning bars. A hilariously competitive event.
Contact: Dianne Harbaugh 305-852-2102; 305-522-4868
Key Largo/ March 6-9
Jimmy Johnson's National Billfish Championship
Anglers compete for cash and prizes and the championship ring in this billfish tournament.
Contact: 305-255-3500 -