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.
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.
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“We have already surpassed all previous records for the number of sponsors and donations,” says tournament director Adam Alfonso. “We’ll have a ton of great gifts for all the anglers and especially the winners. Boat owners will receive an exclusive package from our presenting sponsor, Wind Creek Casino & Hotel-Atmore, along with a custom fishing shirt from Hook &Tackle, while the captains will take home a special Wind Creek gift bag. Category winners will be awarded goodies from Costa, Orion Coolers, Jackson Fishing Kayaks, Glas Designs custom jewelry, Larry Rackley paintings and custom sculptures from beneath the blue.
“Best of all, based on the pace of pre-tournament registrations, we’re on track to top our record number of boats and record $1.68 million in overall prize money,” Alfonso added. “I’ve ordered plenty of beautiful Florida weather and some really big fish, so it’s shaping up to be another fantastic tournament week here at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort.”
Now celebrating its 14th year, the ECBC draws teams from across the Gulf Coast and Southeastern United States. Eligible species include blue marlin, tuna, wahoo and dolphin, plus a billfish release division. In 2015, Johnny Dorland’s Cotton Patch crew from Orange Beach, Alabama, set the new tournament benchmark by weighing in an 899.6-pound blue marlin.
“We’re adding new boats that have never fished with us before, so that bodes well for spirited competition and more available prize money,” Alfonso added. “We’ve also re-arranged the weigh station to increase the viewing area to accommodate more spectators for the Friday and Saturday weigh-ins. The public is welcome to come watch all the festivities as the boats unload their catch.”
The 2016 Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic, presented by Wind Creek Casino & Hotel—Atmore, runs June 22-26 at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. For registration forms, dockage or more information, visit www.fishecbc.com. Book now to get the best location and rates for the event weekend. Call 800.320.8115 to make your reservation or book online at Sandestin.com/ECBC. Use GROUP Code FISH16.
About Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is a major destination for all seasons and all ages, and was named the #1 Resort on Florida’s Emerald Coast. The resort invites guests to a world of 2,400 acres and 30 charming neighborhoods featuring more than 1,250 vacation rentals, condominiums, villas, town homes and the best in hotel accommodations. As a member of Visit South Walton and Visit Florida, the resort features more than seven miles of beaches and pristine bay front, four championship golf courses, 15 world-class tennis courts, 19 swimming pools, a 113-slip marina, a fitness center and spa, meeting space and The Village of Baytowne Wharf, a charming pedestrian village with events, shopping, dining and nightlife. People are invited to download Sandestin’s APP for iPhone and Android devices, or become a Facebook Fan or Twitter follower for the latest events and news.
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Anglers can fish with some favorite former Miami Hurricanes All-Stars in the one-day tournament that features cash prizes for the heaviest dolphin. Other attractions include a charity auction and more. Visit www.canesfish.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ISLAMORADA, Florida Keys — Anglers and University of Miami Hurricanes sports fans can fish with their favorite ‘Canes All-Stars at the sixth annual University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame Celebrity Fishing Tournament, scheduled June 24-25 in Islamorada.
This year’s event is to be co-hosted by University of Miami football greats Alonzo Highsmith, running back for the Houston Oilers, Dallas Cowboys and Tampa Bay Buccaneers; and Melvin Bratton, sports agent and former professional football running back.
New this year is the addition of an inshore division. The high-energy annual tournament celebrates the accomplishments of former student athletes and allows anglers to compete side-by-side with them while raising money for charitable causes.
Former Hurricanes sports stars scheduled to participate in the 2016 event include NFL Hall of Famer and 2012 tournament host Warren Sapp (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Oakland Raiders), NFL Hall of Famer Ted Hendricks (Baltimore Colts, Green Bay Packers, Oakland and Los Angeles Raiders), Clinton Portis (Denver Broncos, Washington Redskins), Brett Romberg (Jacksonville Jaguars, St. Louis Rams, Atlanta Falcons), Gary Dunn (Pittsburgh Steelers), Damione Lewis (St. Louis Rams, Carolina Panthers, New England Patriots, Houston Texans) and Gino Torretta, 1992 Heisman Trophy winner and former quarterback for several NFL teams including the Minnesota Vikings and Seattle Seahawks.
Tournament activities are to take place at Founders Park at mile marker (MM) 87 and Postcard Inn Resort & Marina at MM 84.
Friday evening at Founders Park, participants can enjoy a final registration, captains meeting and kick-off party with live music, food and a silent auction.
Saturday’s fishing begins at 8 a.m. and concludes when the weigh station closes at 5:30 p.m. Target species in the offshore division are dolphin fish, blackfin and yellowfin tuna, kingfish and wahoo. Inshore division anglers are to target trout, snook and redfish.
Cash prizes of $3,000, $2,000 and $1,000 are to be awarded for the top three dolphin catches, in addition to trophies in the offshore division. A $500 “King of Fish” cash prize is to be given to the angler with the heaviest fish overall of the other eligible species — wahoo, tuna and kingfish. Lady and junior anglers also compete for top trophies in their category.
Participants also can buy into optional value-added categories to be eligible for Calcutta cash prizes.
In the tradition of inshore tournaments, trophies are to be awarded for the longest trout, longest snook, longest redfish and grand slam winners of the inshore division.
Offshore tournament entry fee is $500 for the first four anglers in a boat and $125 per additional angler. After June 1, the entry fee for the first four anglers increases to $650.
Inshore tournament entry fee is $150 per person for up to three anglers per boat.
A percentage of all entry fees and optional Calcutta categories is to be donated to tournament charities including Habitat for Humanity of the Upper Keys, the Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis, Coastal Conservation Association Florida and the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fam
More than 150 fishermen, disabled military veterans and their families will participate in the 5th annual Hooks for Heroes Fishing Tournament to benefit wounded U.S. military veterans from the Walter Reed National Military Medical Hospital and Connecticut veterans. The event will be held on Saturday, June 25, at the Halloween Yacht Club (HYC), 10 Seaview Avenue in Stamford. Entry fee is $35 per fisherman, which includes both breakfast and lunch. The day starts with breakfast at 5:15 a.m. and post-tournament lunch and awards at 1:30 p.m.
Since its inception in 2012, the Stamford Hooks for Heroes event, it has raised more than $30,000 for U.S. veterans. Even a very windy and rainy 2015 tournament could not deter more than 150 competitors, including some 40 wounded veterans and their families, for a day of fishing on the Long Island Sound.
Knee Deep Club
2016 Stew Lant Challenge
Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass Contest
June 26, 2016
Sunday June 26, 2016, the Knee Deep Club and Ramsey Outdoor will hold its annual Stew Lant Challenge Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass fishing contest. The contest will begin at 5:00 AM on Sunday 26, 2016 and will end at 4:00 PM. The entry fee is $20.00 for Knee Deep Club members and $25.00 ($20.00 entry + $5.00 non-member fee) for non-members and must be submitted with an official contest entry form.
Cash prizes: based on an 80% payout of entry fees for the three (3) heaviest Largemouth Bass or Smallmouth Bass weighed in for this contest. In addition to the cash prizes, Rod & Reel combos donated by Ramsey Outdoor will be awarded to the individuals who place 1st, 2nd, & 3rd. Bonus Plan participants for this contest will have their cash prizes increased by 25%
Gift Certificates: The anglers weighing the 4th, 5th, &6th heaviest Largemouth or Smallmouth Bass will receive a $20.00 Gift Certificate from Ramsey Outdoor.
Top finishers will be based on weight and any ties will be broken by which was weighted first. Only Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass caught in Lake Hopatcong may be entered.
Entry forms are available on line at; www.kneedeepclub.org, or at the Clubs official weigh stations: Dow’s Boat Rental, Nolan’s Point, Lake Hopatcong and Lake’s End Marina, Lakeside Blvd., Landing. Mail in entries must be received by the Knee Deep Club on Friday, June 24, 2016. In person entries can be made until 8:00AM
Sunday. Please see contest entry form for complete contest rules.
Take a Kid Fishing – A contestant may enter a child 12 years old or younger in this contest for a $5.00 entry fee.
For additional information, please call 973-663-3826.
Did You Know:
- The Knee Deep Club has organized the Stewart Lant Lake Hopatcong Challenge in memory one of its most honored Presidents.
- Mr. Lant was a life-member, past president for six years and board member of the Knee Deep Club of Lake Hopatcong. In 1996 he was honored as “Mr. Knee Deep”. He was also a member of the Lake Hopatcong Yacht Club for 39 years, a member of the Lake Hopatcong Historical Society, The Masonic Lodge 205 Free and Accepted Masons of Livingston and the Presbyterian Church of Livingston.
- The Knee Deep club has been supporting fishing on Lake Hopatcong since August 30, 1946, and currently has a membership of over 800 members.
Schedule of future Knee Deep Club fishing contests:
July 16 & 17 – Hybrid Stripe Bass Contest
August 13 & 14 – Catfish Contest
September 17 & 18 – King of the Lake Contest
October 8 & 9 – Fall Walleye Contest
The Knee Deep Club trusts you enjoy the excellent fishing Lake Hopatcong has to offer.
Press; please contact Rich Everett if you need additional information.
Chairman: Al Rittmeyer & Bob Althauser
Registration: Thursday, June 30, 2016, 6:30
FREE TO PAID OCMC BOAT MEMBERS
Fishing Days: (2 of 3) July 1, 2, & 3
Weigh Ins: July 1, 2, & 3, 5:00-7:30 p.m., Sunset Marina
Awards Banquet: July 3, 6:30-9:00 p.m