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.
Celebrities join other anglers to catch bonefish and redfish to raise money for cystic fibrosis research in the final event of the annual Redbone Trilogy tournament series. Visit www.redbone.org or email email@example.com.
You are cordially invited to attend the 5th Annual Cheeca Lodge All American Backcountry Fishing Tournament. Join us for one of the most prestigious fishing tournaments in the Florida Keys, November 10-12, 2016.
Anglers will fish for bonefish, tarpon, permit, snook, and redfish. This year’s live auction will feature a 7-night all inclusive fishing trip to Cayo Largo, Cuba. Proceeds will benefit the Guides Trust Foundation.
The All American is limited to 25 boats so register today!
For more information or to submit an entry form, please contact Julie Olsen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
he first leg of the triple-crown Florida Keys Gold Cup Championship series is the only tournament in the series to offer a junior division for anglers age 16 and younger. Unlimited anglers are allowed per vessel. Visit www.islamoradasailfishtournament.com/ or email email@example.com.
To benefit the Jimmy Fund
Chairmen: Colin Campbell & Jeremy Blunt
Registration: Friday, December 2, 2016, 6:00 p.m.
Fishing Days: (5 of 9) December 3-11
Weigh-Ins: December 3-11, Time: 3:00-5:00 p.m., Atlantic Tackle
Awards Banquet: December 11, Time: 5:00-7:30 p.m.
Hobie Fishing World Championship Set for Louisiana Dec. 4-10
May 12th, 2016
OCEANSIDE, California – The sixth annual Hobie Fishing World Championship (HFW6), presented by Rhino-Rack™ and hosted by Hobie Cat® Company, will take place in La Fourche Parrish, Louisiana, December 4-10 of this year. Located in Southern Louisiana 90 minutes from New Orleans, La Fourche Parrish is the gateway to Cajun Country and the Gulf of Mexico, offering a distinctly Louisiana “bayou” way of life and promising a memorable experience for both U.S. and international competitors. And then there is the fishing. According to Hobie’s Keeton Eoff, this could easily be the kayak fishing capital of the world.
Anglers from around 25 countries are expected to compete for the chance to be crowned this year’s Hobie Fishing World Champion. All competitors will fish for trout, flounder and redfish (40 to 50 inchers are common that time of year) from identically rigged Hobie Mirage® Pro Angler 14’s, provided by Hobie Cat Company and outfitted with Lowrance® Electronics and Power-Pole® MICRO™ Anchors.
The tournament will be a traditional CPR (Catch, Photograph and Release) format in which each competitor will enter his or her three best lengths in aggregate each day. The angler with the highest cumulative length over the three-day period will be crowned Champion. By qualifying, anglers will have earned their ticket to an experience of a lifetime with plenty of prizes to boot.
A series of five qualifying events being held in the U.S. and Canada gives anglers the opportunity to qualify for six coveted spots on the North American team. Benton Parrott, the USA’s only qualifier as of this date, will compete in his 4th HFW, attempting to dethrone Chinese 2015 winner, Ma Xiaohong. “Everyone loves Ma, it’s the funniest thing,” mentioned Keeton. ‘And he doesn’t speak a lick of English.”
Benton went on to add that “every competitor will catch a lot of fish and some of them will be trophies, but we should all catch good fish. I promise you. Just last week I was fishing a trout hole in the area in two feet of water and caught a 33-inch red. When you fish there, you can launch in one spot and find all your species. The estuaries go for miles. And there are no bad places to fish.”
Past Hobie Fishing Worlds Champions:
2011 – Scott Baker (Australia)
2012 – Marty Mood (USA)
2013 – Richard Somerton (Australia)
2014 – Steve Lessard (USA)
2015 – Ma Xiaohong (China)
Follow the road to the Hobie Fishing World Championship and the event itself at hobiefishingworlds.com.
Since 1950, Hobie has been in the business of shaping a unique lifestyle based around fun, water, and innovative quality products. From their worldwide headquarters in Oceanside, California, Hobie Cat Company manufactures, distributes, and markets an impressive collection of eco-sensitive watercraft, with subsidiaries; Hobie Cat Australasia, in Huskisson, NSW, Australia and Hobie Cat Europe, in Toulon, France and independent distributors; Hobie Kayak Europe and Hobie Cat Brasil. These products include an ever-expanding line of recreation and racing sailboats, pedal-driven and paddle sit-on-top recreation and fishing kayaks, inflatable kayaks, fishing boats, surfboards, stand-up paddleboards and the new Hobie Mirage Eclipse™ Standup pedalboards, plus a complementary array of parts and accessories. www.hobiecat.com
The Bay Bridge Boat Show, an annual springtime in-water powerboat show held in Stevensville, MD at the Bay Bridge Marina will open April 21-23, 2017. This regional show has experienced substantial growth in exhibitors since 2009 and in attendance over the past three years.
The Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show, a smaller version of the prestigious fall sailboat show, will run April 28-30, 2017. This show also is experiencing year over year growth in exhibitors, consumers, and boats displayed. Still in its infancy this show is demonstrating its potential with sailing lessons, live music, and tasting venues.
The 15th 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 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. –