KEY LARGO

Key Largo / January 03 2014 – January 05 2014
18th Annual Key Largo Sailfish Challenge
Heralding the height of sailfish season, each year this boat tournament is characterized by
friendly but serious competition, professionalism and camaraderie among anglers who put
their 20-pound test line skills to task. Up to four anglers per boat can register for the event. Cash
prizes and trophies await the first- through third-place teams. Auctions and raffles are to
highlight the event, whose proceeds benefit the Coral Shores High School band program.
Contact: Tammie Gurgiolo 305-240-9337
Email: fishnbully@msn.com

Key Largo / February 04 2014 – February 05 2014
Poor Girls Sailfish Tournament
A large regional charity competition that typically draws more than 200 anglers, the challenge
offers ten trophies, including first-, second- and third-place teams, grand champion and runner-
up grand champion anglers. Entry fee includes fishing, kick-off party and awards banquet. Poor
Girls events are held in conjunction with Casting for Cats, a volunteer group who freely gives
time and support for the feral cats of the Upper Keys. The non-profit charity donates all the
money raised for stays in the Upper Keys at the spay/neuter clinic and caring for feral cats.
Female anglers compete for awards in numerous categories and divisions (bait, artificial and
fly).
Contact: Sharon 305-393-6174; 305-664-2012
Email: sharellen@netzero.com

Key Largo / March 05 2014 – March 08 2014
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
Email: Tod@ci-mgt.com

Key Largo / May 16 2014 – May 18 2014
27th Annual Coconuts Dolphin Tournament
One of South Florida's largest tournaments, the popular event traditionally attracts hundreds of
strategy-minded anglers looking to capture up to cash and prizes that include a grand prize for
the angler who brings the heaviest dolphin to the weigh station and another if that fish exceeds
63.9 pounds, the current tournament record. Cash prizes also are awarded to first- through sixth-
place finishers, and divisions for female, senior (age 60 and over) and junior (age 17 and
under) anglers.
Contact: Charles Mountain 561-512-4454
Email: mountainfla@aol.com

Key Largo / September 26 2014 – September 28 2014
14th Annual Take Stock in Children Backcountry Challenge
For philanthropic anglers, this popular annual gathering proffers an important fundraising
opportunity while fishing trout, snook and redfish. 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. Trophies for first through third place are to be awarded anglers in
adult and pro divisions, as well as first-place snook, trout and redfish prizes for juniors age 17
and under.
Contact: Mike Shipley 305-304-0421
Email: mike@islandbayresort.com; host@islandbayresort.com

Key Largo / October 10 2014 – October 12 2014
Robert James Sales 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. Among the celebrities who have fished
recent Baybone tournaments is legendary angler Stu Apte, former Denver Bronco and Tampa
Bay Buccaneer Mark Cooper and Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Wade Boggs.
Contact: Susan Ellis 305-664-2002
Email: susan@redbone.org
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