Key West / January 25 2013 – January 27 2013
Key West Harbour King Mackerel Tournament
Big king mackerel migrate to the waters around Key West each winter, and a
fittingly large prize awaits the winner of this challenge. The angler who weighs
in the heaviest mackerel, also known as kingfish, is to go home with $10,000.
Contact: Lee Murray 305-296-0364

Key West / February 01 2013 – February 03 2013
Cuda Bowl
Shallow water flats anglers and guides are invited to hook-up and fight their
barracuda rivals. Event is to be headquartered at Hurricane Hole Marina, Stock
Island. Prizes and trophies are to be awarded for top angler and guide in light
tackle spin and fly divisions.
Contact: Justin or Loren Rea

Key West / April 03 2013 – April 07 2013
Key West Sailfish Championship
New in 2013, this four-day challenge offers a $50,000 first place prize, $15,000
and $10,000 to second- and third-place anglers, respectively. Early entry fee
per angler is $1800. After March 1, 2013, entry fee is $2500.
Contact: Mike Weinhofer 305-395-3474

Key West / April 05 2013 – April 07 2013
Key West Fishing Tournament Kick-Off
Fifteen target species and $5,000 in cash prizes highlight this open-to-the-
public event, heralding the beginning of more than eight months of exciting
Keys fishing. Cash awards await individual participants who catch the heaviest
dolphin, kingfish, cobia, blackfin tuna, mackerel, mutton snapper, wahoo,
mangrove snapper and grunt, and for boat teams that score the most releases
of tarpon, permit, bonefish, barracuda, marlin and sailfish. Junior anglers
under age 15 can also fish. Entries in the kickoff also are eligible for the Key
West Fishing Tournament, which runs through Nov. 30, 2013.
Contact: Rob Harris 305-587-6718

Key West / April 06 2013 – November 30 2013
Key West Fishing Tournament
More than 40 species of fish are targeted during these months, with divisions
for men, women, junior anglers (ages 10 to 14) and Pee Wees (under 10 years
old). In an April kickoff event, anglers target 15 species and $5,000 in cash
prizes is split between the top anglers.
Contact: Rob Harris 305-295-6601

Key West / April 10 2013 – April 14 2013
World Sailfish Championship
With a guaranteed top prize of $100,000, the prestigious sailfish challenge
draws top teams and benefits the Don Shula Foundation for Breast Cancer
Research, Camp Boggy Creek for youngsters with chronic and life-threatening
illnesses, and other national and local charities.
Contact: Chris King 727-631-0072

Key West / May 25 2013
Yamaha Dolphin Masters Invitational
In this challenge headquartered at Key West's Historic Seaport, more than
$13,000 awaits the angler scoring the highest total combined weight of three
dolphin catches. Many additional prizes await other top anglers, and there is no
limit on the number of participating boats.
Contact: John Stuempfig 305-304-7674

Key West / June 21 2013 – June 23 2013
Key West Gator Club Dolphin Derby
A grand prize of $5,000 cash is to be awarded the boat team with the largest
aggregate weight in dolphin during the derby's two fishing days, with teams
allowed to enter one qualifying fish each day. Second- and third-place teams
will earn $2,500 and $1,000, respectively. Individual anglers can compete for
trophies, prizes and cash totaling more than $20,000 in the tournament's
divisions for male, female and junior participants.
Contact: Greg Oropeza 305-304-1348

Key West / July 14 2013 – July 17 2013
Del Brown Invitational 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 305-744-0903

Key West / July 17 2013 – July 20 2013
Drambuie Key West Marlin Tournament
Anglers ply the waters once fished by novelist Ernest Hemingway, vying for
$50,000 in guaranteed cash prizes. Held in conjunction with Key West's annual
Hemingway Days, the event awards $25,000 to the first-place team. Teams can
enter one fun fish (dolphin, tuna, wahoo or released sailfish) per day to add to
their point total.
Contact: Scott Greene 305-292-2710

Key West / September 07 2013 – September 09 2013
Robert James S.L.A.M. Celebrity Tournament
In the first of three tournaments in the annual Redbone Celebrity Tournament
Series, also called The Trilogy, anglers target tarpon, permit and bonefish to
achieve the coveted "flats grand slam." The event raises funds for the fight
against cystic fibrosis.
Contact: Susan Ellis 305-664-2002

Big Pine & the Lower Keys / March 11 2013 – March 14 2013
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: Jon Ain 303-888-4546

Big Pine & the Lower Keys / May 17 2013 – May 19 2013
Big Pine & Lower Keys Dolphin Tournament
More than $40,000 in cash and prizes includes a guaranteed $10,000 to the
angler in the open division that catches the heaviest dolphin. In the youth
division, anglers age 15 and under can win rods, reels and trophies. Prizes
also are presented for the heaviest wahoo and tuna.
Contact: Carole Stevens 305-872-2411
Lower Keys Fishing Tournaments, Key West Fishing Tournaments
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should be independently verified.
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