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

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. or call 352-665-4868. – See more at:

Ocean City Marlin Club Labor Day White Marlin Tournament
Sep 2 – Sep 4 all-day

Chairmen: Steve Poore, Bob Wimbrow, & Bill Fenwick
Registration: Thursday, September 1,2016, 6:30 p.m.
Fishing Days: (2 of 3) September 2, 3, & 4
Weigh-Ins: September 2, 3, & 4, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Sunset Marina
Awards Banquet: September 4, 6:30-9:00 p.m.

New Orleans Big Game Club Labor Day Tournament
Sep 3 @ 1:58 pm – Sep 4 @ 2:58 pm
Ladies Lets go Fishing Bimini
Sep 9 – Sep 11 all-day
Ladies Lets go Fishing Bimini @ Bimini | The Bahamas
Dear John,


Last year the group caught mahi mahi and also some barracuda.

Ladies, Let’s Go to the Bahamas! Bimini Big Game Club!

Info and Register HERE!


Get away from the bustle and join us for fun and adventure in Bimini, Bahamas! Bimini is a quaint island only a ¼ mile wide and about 7 miles long with bakery shops, conch stands, beverage establishments and plenty of ocean & natural wonders to see. It’s only about 50 miles from the U.S. – an entirely different experience than bigger cities such as Freeport and Nassau! The north side has newer developments and the south side is pretty much the original Bimini.

To see more photos click HERE!


Bimini has the small town atmosphere that attracts people to the out islands versus the main ones. The main road has barely two lanes. Most people take golf carts and bicycles and walk around in town.


There is much to do! Go fishing, snorkeling, rent a golf cart to see the island, shop at the small straw market, grab some fresh conch at the outdoor conch stands, buy fresh Bimini bread at the bakery, take the ferry to South Bimini and visit the Shark Lab for an interesting, personal experience with their sharks. There is a free tram to hop on to see the north side with beautiful beach and casino. In only a few hours you can explore Bimini. That’s why we have a half day fishing so you can see the beautiful turquoise Bimini waters! Watch the videos below to see what to expect – bear in mind there no longer is a cruise ship that goes to Bimini.


Male guests are welcome. Recommended age 18 and up. This will be a fun group and chance to make new friends! What we all have in common is love for the outdoors, fishing and adventure, no matter what age. It’s more fun to go with a group than on your own so don’t worry if you don’t know the other people. You soon will!


We are keeping it simple:

  • Book your own flight or take your own boat (no cruise ship or ferry available)
  • Book your room with Bimini Big Game Club (info below)
  • Meals on your own – we will set up time and place to meet or explore restaurants



  • Friday: Arrival Day, orientation and meet each other approx. 6 pm.
  • Saturday: Half day fishing offshore or inshore – fish on your own boat or book a spot on a Bimini charter we are setting up. We may do a morning and afternoon trip if the boat fills up. Or explore Bimini if you don’t want to fish!
  • Saturday the other half day: Sight see on your own, rent a golf cart, or join us for the amazing trip to the shark lab! Info below.
  • Sunday: Return

Come early, stay later!


Trip cost:

  • $75 per person suggested donation to Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing to help cover the costs of planning the trip. Donate up to $200 per person if you wish. If you cannot afford $75 contact us and we’ll do the best we can to have you attend.
  • Your airfare or bring your own boat.
  • Your hotel, mention Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing for special rates – click here if you are coming solo and want to share a room.
  • Your meals, golf cart rental, etc.


Optional: Ft. Lauderale/Bimini R/T on private yacht, fish on the way, fish Sat. approx $900 per person, NOT including hotel) Contact us, this is not on the registration form.


If you are bringing your own boat please contact us if you have room to take others fishing or to bring anyone over.


Looking for a roommate? There is a form on our website to fill out.


Bimini Big Game Club has a rich history going back to Ernest Hemingway. It is on a marina with pool, bar, restaurant and liquor store. It has been renovated. You can walk to a beach or rent a golf cart.


You must have a passport.


Fishing Rates PER PERSON:

Offshore boat that takes 6 or inshore small boat that takes 2: $200. Bring approx $40 cash for tip (20%) For offshore charter you must go with us. For inshore if you want to book your own boat no problem! Just ask Bimini Big Game Club for ideas.


Note: Rates based on full boats. Bahamas boats are not typical U.S. standards. If your selection is not possible we will contact with other fishing options so please be flexible!


Bimini Big Game Club hotel special rates, mention Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing when calling.

Standard: $159.00

Big Game Club.


Cottage: $179.00

Combined taxes:   20.10%

Resort Fee: $21.50

Dockage: $1.50 – per foot / per night + 7.5% VAT

Minimum 30 feet (if your boat is 25 feet you have to pay the minimum rate for a 30 foot boat)


Toll Free: 800.867.4764 Local: 954.467.1231




Air Travel: Visit for a list of air options. Book fast as the rates get higher as it gets closer. Get on Silver Airways email list for specials! Silver Airways is running a special where if you book a Bahamas flight by July 11 (not fly by then, just book) they will credit 100% of your flight value to a voucher to fly to Cuba. There are other options and possibly a float plane. Or book your own charter plane on your own. Ask Big Game Club, not us!

Refunds: If you don’t go we will refund your donation minus 5%.

For fishing there are no refunds unless we can replace your spot. Hotel refunds are based on their own policy.


We’re going to the Bahamas, Mon!

Keep scrolling as a few more photos are below!
Click HERE to see videos of our exploratory trip and the LLGF trip. These are informal and unedited. The ones at the end are the most recent. Below are photos from last year’s amazing trip!


Key Largo Lionfish derby
Sep 10 all-day

KEY LARGO, Florida Keys — Divers can help preserve Florida Keys reefs and earn cash prizes during a fun, competitive lionfish tournament to capture and remove as many non-native lionfish as possible from Keys waters.

Reef Environmental Education Foundation is sponsoring the one-day derby Saturday, Sept. 10, at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, located at mile marker 102.5 in Key Largo.

REEF partners with the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and the dive community to cultivate hands-on, focused opportunities for Keys visitors who enjoy the underwater resources to take action and remove lionfish. The popular aquarium fish is believed to have been introduced to Florida waters during the 1980s.

Derby divers can vie for more than $3,500 in prize money. First- through third-place teams are rewarded for the most lionfish captured as well as the largest and smallest caught.

Teams of up to four people can hunt from sunrise to 5 p.m., collecting lionfish by netting or spearing while on scuba, snorkeling or free diving.

The public is invited to watch the derby scoring and filleting demonstrations and taste free lionfish samples. A raffle and awards ceremony are planned for 6 p.m.

Registration fee is $120 per team and includes one pair of puncture-resistant gloves. A mandatory participants meeting covering lionfish ecology, safe handling, collecting tools and techniques is set for Friday, Sept. 9, at 6:30 p.m.

Participants can dive with a professional dive operator or from a private vessel.

Placencia Yamaha Marelco Saltwater Fishing Tournament
Sep 10 – Sep 12 all-day

At least $10,000 in prizes await the successful fishermen and women who participate in the annual Saltwater Fishing Tournament each year.

Part of the September Celebrations each year, the 2-day Placencia Saltwater Fishing Tournament draws anglers from near and far for the 2-day competition.

The eagerly anticipated event kicks off in the wee hours of Saturday morning, when boats loaded with enthusiastic anglers leave the Placencia Municipal Pier in high hopes of catching the big ones!

All vie for for the largest Kingfish (8 lb min), Jack (12 lb min), and Barracuda (10 lb min), as well as those fish termed “extraordinary”: Wahoo (15 lb min), Dorado (7 lb min), and Tuna (5 lb min).

Saturday’s weigh-in at the Municipal Pier completes the first day of competition, and all boats must be checked in to qualify to compete on Sunday.

On Sunday these intrepid anglers rise early and do it all over again, leaving the dock before most of us are awake and checking back in mid afternoon to qualify for the final weigh-in.

In addition to prizes for the Largest Fish in each variety, Best Boat & 2nd Best Boat, awards are given for Ladies’ Luck (largest fish caught by a woman) and Junior Angler’s Catch (largest fish caught by a junior angler).

The 2015 prize of $4000 for Best Boat went home with the happy crew of “Well”, captained by Madeleine Lamont.

The Nantucket Inshore Classic
Sep 11 – Oct 15 all-day

The Nantucket Inshore Classic Fishing Tournament will be kicking off this year on Sunday, September 11, 2016 and will run through Saturday, October 15. Organized by fishermen for fisherman, the tournament is designed to enable participants to fish when they want and still have a chance to qualify for all of the great prizes that will be available.

If you have been fishing on Nantucket for years or are planning your first visit to the “faraway island”, you should consider entering “the Inshore Classic”. It is a great way to get to know Nantucket and to experience all of the exceptional fishing that is available. Now in its 11th year, the Tournament is available to ALL local and visiting fishermen. The Tournament has grown to over 250 participants which, when combined with support from a long list of loyal sponsors has enabled Tournament organizers to donate thousands of dollars to the Nantucket Anglers Club scholarship fund for deserving Nantucket students.

The Tournament is an individual angler tournament with four divisions: All Tackle, Fly Fishing, Junior (kids under 16 fish for free) and Catch & Release. Species eligible for prizes are Striped Bass, Bluefish, Bonito, and False Albacore. Each division features separate categories for fish caught from the beach or from a boat.

Prizes are awarded for the heaviest combined weight in each division and category. The heaviest fish of each species in each of the four categories also qualifies for a prize. There are weekly prizes as well. In the Catch and Release Division, prizes are awarded based on the longest fish entered of each species.

Tournament participants do not need to attend the closing awards ceremony in order to receive their prizes. Prizes awarded to last year’s winners included rods and reels, tackle, Beach Passes, Charters with local fishing guides, and gift certificates from local restaurants and merchants.

Tournament results are announced daily by E-Mail, Radio, the newspaper, and on-line so participants always know where they are in the standings and the weight of the leading fish in each category.

Last year’s notable catches included Beach bass in the high 20’s and Fly Rod Bass around 20 pounds in both the Beach and the

Boat categories. A 14.2 pound False Albacore was landed from the beach towards the end of the Tournament as was an 8.7 pound Bonito and a Bluefish that weighed just under 14 pounds.

Interested Anglers may sign up prior to or any time during the Tournament. Tournament brochures, entry forms and rules will be available at Bill Fisher Tackle, Nantucket Tackle, and the Nantucket Anglers’ Club. To register, bring a completed entry form to the Nantucket Anglers’ Club along with the entry fee, which is $50.00 for the All Tackle, Fly Fishing, or Catch and Release

Divisions: $75.00 for anglers choosing to fish in two divisions; or $100 for all three divisions. Junior entrants, 16 years old or younger, participate for free.

All participants will receive a long sleeve tournament t-shirt and a tournament I.D. pin. They are also invited to attend the kick off and closing awards parties at the Anglers’ Club featuring raffles, a complimentary raw bar and hearty hors d’oeuvres, and the opportunity to swap stories with many other dedicated and experienced fishermen. Many fishermen choose the opening kick off party as the time to sign up for the Tournament.

For more information about the Tournament, go to the Nantucket inshore Classic Facebook page or to the Nantucket Anglers’ Club webpage at and click on the tab for the Inshore Classic. Descriptive Tournament brochures will also be available at Nantucket Tackle, Bill Fisher Tackle, or the Anglers’

World Fly Fishing Championship
Sep 11 @ 1:55 pm – Sep 18 @ 2:55 pm

Be part of this ‘moment in fly fishing history’!

The 36th FIPS Mouche World Fly Fishing Championship is coming to the United States with anglers from over 30 countries fishing the free flowing rivers and majestic lakes of Colorado this September 11-18, 2016. Vail is the host town for the championship flag parade, opening and closing ceremonies, as well as the medal presentation. International attendees will enjoy a week of celebrations, the town’s Oktoberfest event, and world class fly fishing in an alpine atmosphere.

Competitors will fish the Eagle River, Colorado River, Blue River, Sylvan Lake, and Dillon Reservoir in Eagle and Summit Counties. Fishing venues are divided into 5 sectors where each angler fishes for 3 hours over 5 sessions. Bring a camera and enjoy the beautiful scenery of Colorado and watch true masters of the fly rod in action.

A Conservation Symposium will provide a special day time viewing of Patagonia’s Dam Nation film followed by a speaker’s panel provided by Colorado Trout Unlimited. This free viewing will be hosted at the Ford Amphitheater, and is open to the public.

Derek DeYoung will hold an Art Show on the final day of the championship. The Vail Marriott will be adorned with art in a celebration of fly fishing. All are welcome to come visit with Derek and see his unique style of paintings.

The medal ceremony will be held in Vail Village. Watch team and individual medals awarded while national anthems are played and nation’s flags are raised. Cheer alongside all the competitors as the medals and trophies are held high. Closing speeches will be made and the ‘Sacred Scroll’ will be passed to the next host nation.

This championship is being produced by The America Cup, Inc. The America Cup is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that promotes competitive and amateur fly fishing at the national and international levels and provides program support to Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing.

John W. Knight
International Organizer
PO Box 6084 | Vail, CO 81658

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Website 36th FIPS Mouche World Fly Fishing Championship 2016

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38th Annual Charles Kratz & Scott Smith Challenge Cup
Sep 15 – Sep 17 all-day
September 15 – September 17 2016
Chairmen: Jon C. Duffie & Andy Helms
Registration: Wednesday, September 14, 2016, 7:00 p.m.
Fishing Days: (2 of 3) September 15, 16 & 17, No weigh-ins.
Italian Night: September 16, 6:30-9:00 p.m.
Awards Banquet: September 17, 6:30-9:00 p.m.