Calendar
Apr
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Fri
2016
Key West Fishing Tournament
Apr 1 – Nov 30 all-day

Nearly 40 species of fish are targeted during the multimonth tournament, with divisions for men, women, junior anglers (ages 10 to 14) and Pee Wees (under 10 years old). The Key West Fishing Tournament strongly encourages the release of game fish. All participating anglers receive certificates noting their catches and qualify for a variety of prizes. Visit www.keywestfishingtournament.com.

May
28
Sat
2016
CCA Florida $500,000 STAR Tournament
May 28 – Sep 5 all-day
STAR is expanding to the east coast! Last year’s CCA Florida STAR tournament on the Gulf coast was so successful that the tournament is including all of Florida for 2016. CCA Florida will release over 150 specially tagged redfish, making them the STAR attraction in the CCA Florida State-wide Tournament and Anglers Rodeo (STAR). This year’s kick-off is at sunrise on Saturday, May 28, Memorial Day weekend and ends at sunset, Labor Day, September 5 offering participants a total of 101 fishing days!

A chance to win nearly $500,000 in prizes & scholarships makes CCA Florida STAR presented by Yamaha the largest family friendly saltwater fishing competition in the state. Catch one of the first tagged redfish and anglers could win a new GMC Pick-up truck, boat, motor and trailer package worth over $40,000 or a college scholarship worth up to $25,000. Entering a photo of any of the other eligible species caught in the additional divisions offers the opportunity to win more terrific prizes.

STAR Florida is a Catch & Photo tournament designed to educate the general public about the importance of conservation of Florida’s marine resources. CCA’s state-of-the-art smart phone app eliminates the need for anglers to bring their entry to a weigh-in. To enter their catch anglers will enter a photo of their fish on the official measuring device via the app right from the shore, boat, dock, or boat ramp. This format encourages sportsmen and sportswomen of all ages to protect and conserve Florida’s fishery for future generations.

The signature division will have CCA Florida officials releasing 4 or more STAR tagged redfish per coastal county throughout hundreds of miles of Florida’s coastal waters and bays, from Pensacola to the Everglades National Park and along the east coast of Florida from the Georgia border to Homestead and the Keys.

STAR will also feature an Open, Ladies, Fly, Kayak, Lionfish and Professional Guides division. Eligible species are Spotted Seatrout, Snook, Sheepshead, Redfish, Cobia, Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) & Kingfish. The STAR Youth Division offers New Tide member’s free entry into STAR and the opportunity to win their share of scholarships valued at $100,000.

The newest additions to Florida STAR are Open Dolphin (Mahi Mahi), Open Kingfish and Lionfish. CCA will reward the top three participants who harvest the most Lionfish during the 101 days of STAR. Plus this year youth anglers will be eligible to participate in the tagged redfish division with their prizes being scholarships and non-tagged redfish will be an eligible species in the Ladies, Fly, Kayak and Youth divisions.

www.ccaflstar.com or call 352-665-4868. – See more at: http://www.thefishingwire.com/story/374539#sthash.Yc0WbDni.dpuf

Dolphin Masters Invitational
May 28 all-day

In this challenge, cash prizes are awarded to the angler scoring the highest total combined weight of three dolphin catches. There is no limit on the number of participating boats. Call 305-304-7674 or email wave.whacker@hotmail.com.

Ocean City Marlin Club Memorial Day tournament
May 28 – May 29 all-day

To benefit the Catherine & Charles Kratz Memorial Foundation and Scholarship Fund
Chairmen: Franky Pettolina & Terry Layton
Registration: Friday, May 27, 2016, 6:30 p.m.
Fishing Days: (1 of 2) May 28 & 29
Weigh Ins: May 28 & 29, 4-6:30 p.m., Sunset Marina
Awards Banquet: May 29, 6:30-9:00 p.m

May
29
Sun
2016
BBC Harbour Island Championship
May 29 – Jun 3 all-day
Jun
2
Thu
2016
31TH ANNUAL LADIES FISH OFF
Jun 2 @ 11:17 am – Jun 5 @ 12:17 pm

POMPANO BEACH, FL – (FEBRUA FISH-OFFRY 10, 2016) – The Ladies Annual Fish-Off, was established 30 years ago and has flourished ever since. This year’s tournament will be held June 2-5 of 2016. The top 10 boats and top three lady anglers receive cash and prizes along with the top three largest fish in the five non-billfish categories: blackfin tuna, cobia, dolphin, kingfish and wahoo. Top Family, Top Junior, Top Captain and Top Pee-Wee prizes will also be awarded.

Last year the Ladies Annual Fish-Off donated $25,000 to The Billfish Foundation and The Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Florida as well as $1500 to the Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center’s Fisheries Lab. The Ladies Annual Fish-Off is not only a chance to fish with your fellow women anglers; it is also an opportunity to raise money for some exceptional charities. Over the past 30 years the Ladies Fish-Off has raised over $500,000 for our charities.

The kickoff party will be held Thursday June 2, 2016 at Galuppi’s in Pompano Beach from 6-10pm. We will have a silent auction, registration and the Captain’s meeting.

The tournament will be held on Saturday June 4th, 2016. Boats can check out of Port Everglades or Hillsboro Inlet. The Weigh-In will be held from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM at Alsdorf Park off 14th St Causeway in Pompano Beach. Our Awards Brunch will be held on Sunday morning, June 5th, 2016 at Bonefish Mac’s in Lighthouse Point.

For more information about the tournament or for sponsorship and advertising opportunities, please visit the website at www.ladiesfishoff.com or email the Ladies Fish-Off at
ladiesfishoff@gmail.com.

Ed Alber Tarpon Rodeo June 2-3 on Tampa Bay
Jun 2 @ 12:42 pm – Jun 3 @ 1:42 pm

Thursday, June 2, 6-10pm
The Captain’s Banquet at the TradeWinds Island Resort
Tampa Bay Watch and Great Bay Distributors host exciting live and silent auctions, great food and drinks, and the Captain’s Meeting to kick off the tournament. Don’t want to fish but love to party? All-inclusive table sponsorships available!

Friday, June 3, 1-10pm
The Ed Alber Tarpon Rodeo Fishing Tournament & Award Ceremony
Your team will join the hunt for the Silver King on Tampa Bay during the all-release tarpon tournament 1-8pm. Vessels launch from Ft. De Soto boat ramp and then return to Tampa Bay Watch for the Award Ceremony following the tournament 8-10pm to enjoy a well-deserved meal by Bonefish Grill. Prizes are announced for the winner of each division at the Award Ceremony.

The Tarpon Rodeo benefits the coastal habitat restoration and estuary education missions of Tampa Bay Watch.

Contact: Michelle Tepper, Special Events Coordinator
Call 727-867-8166 x234
www.TampaBayWatch.org/EdAlberTarponRodeo

Jun
3
Fri
2016
Lucas Oil IFA Redfish Open
Jun 3 – Jun 4 all-day

Premier, two-day tournaments offer 100 percent cash payout beginning April 2016

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. (February 2, 2016) – The Inshore Fishing Association (IFA) is once again partnering with key sponsors Cabela’s and Lucas Oil to host two premier, specialty events for the 2016 season. The IFA Lucas Oil Redfish Opens presented by Cabela’s offer inshore anglers a unique, high-stakes team tournament with 100 percent cash payout and extensive television coverage at each event.

With two events scheduled for 2016; April 15-16 at Houma, Louisiana, and June 3-4 at Panama City, Florida, the IFA Lucas Oil Redfish Opens will feature a two-day, team format and will be open to all anglers with an IFA membership. Each of the Open events will include a $1,250 entry fee with 100 percent cash payout guaranteed. Also, for an additional $250, anglers can sign up for the Angler’s Advantage program, which allows participants to compete in an even higher payout bracket.

In addition, the new IFA Lucas Oil Redfish Opens will include multiple contingency programs and a Team of the Year race, tracking points over both events. The highest finishing anglers will receive custom rings and paid entry fees for 2017, courtesy of Lucas Oil. More details are available at ifatours.com/open, with registrations being accepted by phone at 478-836-4266.

“With over 2500 square miles of wetlands, Houma is known as Louisiana’s Bayou Country and we feel it’s the perfect match for the IFA. We’re excited to bring the IFA back to Houma,” said Angela Morehead with the Houma Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. “We have a rich history of support for tournament fishing and the IFA has been a great partner over the years. We look forward to kicking things off in April.”

Morehead’s sentiments were echoed by Jennifer Virgil with the Panama City Community Development Corp. “Panama City provides some of the country’s best inshore fishing,” said Virgil. “It’s a privilege to host the IFA and their anglers, and we’re delighted to share our amazing fishery with them, along with our warm hospitality.”

Airing on NBC Sports, Pursuit Channel, Fox Sports Southwest and Time Warner Sports, the IFA Lucas Oil Redfish Opens promise to bring exciting, inshore action to more than 100 million combined TV households. For more information or to become a member of the IFA, the fastest-growing inshore fishing tournament series in the United States, go online to www.ifatours.com.

2016 Lucas Oil IFA Redfish Open Schedule:

April 15-16 – Houma, LA
June 3-4 – Panama City, FL – See more at: http://www.thefishingwire.com/story/366686#sthash.vSE9cbOk.dpuf

Original Big Pine & Lower Keys Dolphin Tournamen
Jun 3 – Jun 5 all-day

The Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce presents its 23rd annual event, where anglers contend for more than $35,000 in cash prizes and awards. A special cash prize of $20,000 is awarded for the largest dolphin over 50 pounds. Additional prizes await winners in the open, ladies and youth divisions. Visit www.lowerkeyschamber.com/tournaments.php or email executivedirector@lowerkeyschamber.com.

Palm Beach KDW Classic @ Riviera Beach Marina
Jun 3 – Jun 4 all-day
The 14th annual Palm Beach County KDW Classic, one of Florida’s largest fishing tournaments, returns to the Riviera Beach Marina on June 3rd & 4th. The popular event, co-hosted by the venerable West Palm Beach Fishing Club (WPBFC) and the City of Riviera Beach, routinely attracts over 200 boats and nearly 1,000 anglers. Over 140 boats are currently registered. The KDW Classic is a very family & friends oriented event offering a wide range of prizes for adults and kids. The tournament offers 10 guaranteed cash awards in all four categories, Kingfish, Dolphin, Wahoo and Juniors (kids age 12 & under).

Broad based support from sponsors, a great value to anglers and an ongoing commitment to give something back to the local community are why the KDW Classic has developed such a loyal following. Through the years tournament proceeds have been used to create new artificial reefs, install reef saving mooring buoys, support the City of Riviera Beach scholarship fund and aid the annual Kid’s Fishing Day program produced by the Fishing Club’s charitable affiliate, the Palm Beach County Fishing Foundation.

The Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County has been the KDW Classic’s presenting sponsor since the beginning. Numerous other sponsors participate in the event by underwriting the cash awards, providing raffle items and tournament giveaways. This year $34,000 in guaranteed cash prizes and $30,000 in raffle items and trophies are up for grabs.

Anglers can register for the tournament online at www.kdwclassic.com. The tournament entry fee is $275 per boat after May 20th. The general public is invited to watch the tournament weigh-in on Saturday, June 4th along the newly renovated Riviera Beach Marina waterfront. The scales, located on the north end of the marina bulkhead, open at 12 noon and close at 4pm. For additional tournament information call the WPBFC at (561) 832-6780. – See more at: http://www.thefishingwire.com/story/375745#sthash.7GqZw8M2.dpuf