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February 27 to February 28, 2015 - Islamorada Backcountry Fly Championship Series
Tournament anglers are to compete to catch the most inches of snook and redfish on fly in a competition where one inch equals one point. Awards are to be given for grand champion, runner-up to grand champion, and largest snook, and redfish. The field is limited to 30 boats.
Contact: Paul Tejera 305-393-2156

February 28 to March 1, 2015 - Islamorada Winter Classic
A new, family-formatted boat tournament that is to feature nine offshore target species. Trophies are to be offered top boats in weight and release categories, as well as private vessel and charter divisions. A junior release division is also planned for anglers up to age 10.
Contact: Dianne Harbaugh 305-522-4868

March 4 - 7, 2015 - Key Largo Jimmy Johnson's National Billfish Championship: Quest for the Ring
Hosted by Jimmy Johnson, two-time Super Bowl winning coach and former head coach at the University of Miami, this prestigious event benefits the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, a South Florida-based cancer-related research, diagnosis and treatment facility. All anglers on the winning boat receive authentic, custom-designed Jimmy Johnson's NBC Championship rings.
Contact: 305-255-3500

March 10 - 13, 2015 - Islamorada Jim Bokorís Islamorada All-Tackle Bonefish & Redfish Shootout
Anglers vie for top-honor trophies for catches of bonefish and redfish in this newly formatted event, appealing to a broader spectrum of anglers. Divisions in the tournament's new format include bait, artificial and fly. Awards also are to be given for total release points for each species and to the high-point angler for each day. To be counted toward bonefish and redfish trophies, each fish caught and released must be at least 18 inches in length. An overall grand champion is to be named for both bonefish and redfish in the three categories.
Contact: Betsy Bullard 305-587-1460

March 15, 2015 - Turtle Slam Fishing Tournament at Turtle Cove Marina in Tarpon Springs, FL.
Proceeds to benefit marine research at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.
Contact: Heather 727-934-2202

March 16 - 19, 2015 - Key West March Merkin Permit Tournament
A charity flats-and-fly-only tournament with a twist - in addition to catch and release, anglers earn extra points for tagging their caught fish. Held at the Key West Harbour Yacht Club on Stock Island.
Contact: 303-888-4546

April 12-13, 2015 - Sarasota Sertoma/SKA King Mackerel Tournament, Sarasota
Contact: 904-819-0360; www.fishska.com

April 15-19, 2015 ~ Key West
World Sailfish Championship
Up to $50,000 for first place prize, $15,000 and $10,000 to second- and third-place anglers, respectively. Catch & Release Eligible species include: sailfish, white marlin, blue marlin
Contact: Mike Weinhofer 305-395-3474

April 17-19, 2015 ~ Islamorada
Redbone Large Sunrise/Sunset Tarpon Tournament
Proceeds benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Contact: Susan Ellis 305-664-2002

April 23-25, 2015 - Miami Sportfishing Tournament
The Yamaha Contender Miami Sportfishing Tournament was founded over 33 years ago with the goal to raise money for marine conservation, education and promote preservation awareness. Top boat prize $30,000
Contact: Leah Schillinger 305-598-2525.

April 24 - 26, 2015 - Islamorada Spring Classic
A new, family-formatted boat tournament that is to feature nine target gulf and backcountry species. Trophies are to be offered top boats in weight and release categories, as well as private vessel and charter divisions. A junior release division is also planned for anglers up to age 10.
Contact: Dianne Harbaugh 305-522-4868

April 26, 2015 - The 34th Annual Offshore Challenge - West Palm Beach
Benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County and the Kiwanis Club of West Palm Beach. Palm Beach Shores. Held out of Sailfish Marina
Contact: 561-844-1724 or visit www.pboffshorechallenge.com for more information.

April 26-27, 2015 - Mad Dog Mandich 6th Annual Fishing Classic, Miami Beach
Contact leah@maddogclassic.com; www.maddogclassic.com

April 27, 2015 - Lee County Electric Cooperative United Way Fishing Tournament
D&D Matlacha Bait and Tackle
Contact Ed Pilkington (239) 656-2381; Dana Nicloy (239) 656-2122; fish@lcec.net

May 1-3, 2015 ~ Marathon
Marathon Offshore Bull and Cow Dolphin Tournament
$10,000 first prize
Contact: Jack Carlson 305-481-0495

May 3-4, 2015 - Ding Darling & Doc Ford Tarpon Tournament, Sanibel Island
In support of Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge
Contact: Birgie Vertesch 239-292-0566; director@dingdarlingsociety.org.

May 3-4, 2015 - Lee Building Industry Associationís Annual Bricks & Sticks Inshore Benefit
Tarpon Point Marina, Cape Coral
Contact: 239-936-5525.

May 3-5, 2015 - Gene Doyle Backcountry Release Fishing Tournament, Naples
Contact: 239-261-4313; www.genedoyle.org.

May 3-6, 2015 ~ Marathon
Tarponian Tournament
Contact: David Breznicky at 215-542-1492

May 16-18,2015 - Fins Weekend, Miami.
The Miami Dolphins Fins Weekend of fishing, games and social events
Contact Jason Jenkins: 954-452-7174; JJenkins@dolphins.com

May 17-19, 2015 - The Original Big Pine & Lower Keys Dolphin Tournament, Sugarloaf KOA Marina
Catch a dolphin over 50 pounds and win $20,000.
Contact The Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce, 800-872-3722; www.lowerkeyschamber.com

May 17-18, 2015 - Saltwater Classic, Fort Myers
Contact: Terry Adkins 800-546-4622; www.bluewaterpromo.com.

May 18, 2015 - Extreme Kayak Fishing Tournament, Pompano Beach Pier
Contact: Maria B. Hector 954-661-0175; mariabreier@yahoo.com; www.extremekayakfishing.com.

May 18, 2015 - Annual Palm Beach Chapter FNGLA Fishing Tournament
Riviera Beach Marina
Contact: 561-835-0661; PBFNGLA.com

May 17 - 20, 2015 - Islamorada Golden Fly Invitational Tarpon Tournament
Special flies, accurate casts and a bit of luck are the recipe for winning this prestigious challenge, using only a tournament-furnished tippet not greater than 16-pound test. Eligible tarpon must measure at least 48 inches in length to earn release points, and weigh at least 70 pounds for weight points.
Contact: Betsy Bullard 305-587-1460

May 22-23, 2013 ~ Key West
Dolphin Masters Invitational
Fishing Saturday from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Contact: John Stuempfig 305-304-7674

May 31 - June 5, 2015 - Islamorada Don Hawley Tarpon Fly Tournament
The world's top fly-rod anglers endure a five-day test of patience and finesse, fishing Keys waters using fly tackle and either a 12- or 16-pound tippet. Named for the late fly fisherman and conservationist Don Hawley, the tournament benefits the Guides Trust Foundation, assisting professional fishing guides and supporting backcountry fishery conservation programs.
Contact: Betsy Bullard 305-587-1460

June 5 - 7, 2015 - Original Big Pine & Lower Keys Dolphin Tournament
Cash and prizes await anglers, also including first-place trophy to the angler who catches the 21st annual tournament's largest dolphin. If the winning dolphin weighs more than 50 pounds, additional cash is awarded. While dolphin is the only species of fish eligible for cash awards, rods and reels are also to be presented for the heaviest wahoo and tuna caught. Presented by the Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce. Entry fees are $150 for open and $50 for youth.
Contact: 800-872-2411

June 15-19, 2015 ~ Islamorada
50th Annual Gold Cup Tarpon Tournament
25 anglers - four full days of fishing
Contact: infodept@goldcuptt.com

June 16 - 17, 2015 - Marathon - The Dolphin & Blackfin Tuna Fun Fishing Tournament
Top prizes of $700, $350 and $200 await individual adult anglers who catch the tournament's three heaviest dolphin, with additional cash awards for the heaviest blackfin tuna and wahoo. Headquartered at Burdines Waterfront restaurant, the 15th annual challenge is open to adult and junior anglers.
Contact: Brenda Duff 305-743-5317

July 10- 12, 2015 - Islamorada Dolphin Tournament
Hosted by the Islamorada Charterboat Association, this annual event features $15,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs. Competition is open to all anglers and there is no limit on the number of anglers that can participate
Contact: Dianne Harbaugh 305-522-4868

July 11 - 14, 2015 - Key West Del Brown Permit Tournament
Anglers fly-fish on the flats in a challenge that honors the late angling pioneer Del Brown, who caught and released more than 500 permit off the Keys. Professionals and guides are allowed to compete as well.
Contact: Loren Rea 305-360-6969

July 22 - 25, 2015 ~ Key West
Key West Marlin Tournament
More than $50,000 in guaranteed prize money
Contact: Tim Greene 305-304-0317

September 11-13, 2015 ~ Key West
S.L.A.M. (Southernmost Light-Tackle Anglers Masters) Celebrity Tournament.
Contact: Susan Ellis 305-664-2002

September 124-27, 2015 ~ Marathon
Marathon International Bonefish Tournament
Contact: Barb 305-304-8682

September 25-27, 2015 ~ Key Largo
Take Stock in Children Backcountry Challenge
Proceeds benefit both local Rotary Club of Key Largo scholarships and Take Stock in Children, a statewide scholarship program for children in seventh through 12th grades.
Contact: Mike Shipley 305-304-0421

October 9-11, 2015 ~ Key Largo Baybone Celebrity Tournament
The second of three tournaments in the annual Redbone Trilogy, the Baybone targets permit and bonefish to raise money for cystic fibrosis research.
Contact: Gary Ellis 305-664-2002

October 11-14, 2015 ~ Islamorada All-Tackle Bonefish & Permit Tournament
3 day challenge attracts energized newcomers to face seasoned veterans, in a competitive format since 1970. Up to 25 participants can fish in the tournament. Contact: Betsy Bullard 305-587-1460

Oct 24-26, 2015 - Conservancy of Southwest Floridaís Annual RedSnook Catch & Release Charity Fishing Tournament - Naples, Goodland & Everglades City
Contact Nikkie @ (239) 403-4219

November 6-8, 2015 ~ Key Largo Redbone Celebrity Tournament
Contact: Susan Ellis 305-664-2002

November 13-15, 2015 - Islamorada Ladies Letís Go Fishing!Ē Annual Keys Fishing University for Women
Female fishing fans can learn or polish angling skills during the award-winning weekend seminar. For nearly 20 years, approximately 7,000 female graduates have immersed themselves in a lighthearted yet skill-heavy curriculum to learn and hone skills in offshore, bottom, inshore and fly fishing, no matter what their experience level.
Contact: Betty Bauman 954-475-9068

December 3-6, 2015 ~ Islamorada
Islamorada Sailfish Tournament The first leg of the triple-crown Florida Keys Gold Cup Championship Series. The tournament is one of the oldest in the Florida Keys.
Contact: Dianne Harbaugh 305-522-4868

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