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2005 Tournament Calendar


Last update: January 14, 2005

JANUARY

BIG SHRIMP TOURNEY The Internet Shrimpers and Anglers Association has a tourney for the longest single shrimp with a side pot for the most shrimp at 6 p.m. Jan. 29 at the Riverbreeze Park in Oak Hill. Entry costs $10. Sign up at www.isaa.cc or at the ramp.

CRAPPIE USA WILDCARD & KIDS RODEO Crappie USA Inc. is holding "Wildcards" and "Kids Rodeos" Jan. 22 in Kissimmee at Chisholm Park Trail and Jan. 29 in Leesburg at the Venetian Cove Marina. Weigh-ins are at 4 p.m. Seminars open to the public are being held after the tournaments. This year's fish limit has been reduced from 10 to seven. The "Kid's Rodeos" are free. Amateur "Wildcard" entry costs $75. For info or to enter call (615) 377-7800 or go online to www.crappieusa.com.

GRIDIRON GREATS "The Gridiron Greats Fishing Tournament" pits National Football League alumni against current players in backcountry fishing. The finals pits AFC Vs. NFC. This event is Jan. 31 through Feb. 1 at the Holiday Isle Resort in Islamorada. To find out about limited public entry or attending the 4 p.m. weigh-ins call Drew Patey at (386) 788-4441. Info is also available online at www.gridirongreatsfishing.com.

FEBRUARY

SUPER BOWL XXXIX TOURNAMENT Entry to this Feb. 5 bass tourney at the Palatka City Docks costs $150 per boat and has a $10,000 guaranteed cash first prize. To enter call Ed Taylor at (386) 328-8899.

ISAA KIDS TOURNAMENT The Internet Shrimpers and Anglers Association is holding a free kids' fishing tournament with a side pot for adults Feb. 12 at Riverbreeze Park in Oak Hill. For details go online to www.isaa.cc.

EL CHEAPO SHEEPSHEAD TOURNAMENT This Jacksonville Offshore Sport Fishing Club event is being held Feb. 19 in Mayport. To enter call Frank Joura at (904) 465-4552.

WOMEN'S WORLD FLY CHAMPIONSHIP The "Scientific Angler's Women's World Invitational Fly Championship: Backcountry Series" event in Islamorada is Feb. 24-26. For details call Sue Moret at (305) 664-5423.

MARCH

DISTANCE CASTING TOURNEY Florida Surfcasters and Sportcast U.S.A. is holding a surf "Distance Casting Tournament" March 19 in St. Augustine. For more information call George Pope at (904) 940-5125 or Steve Austin at Austin Vacuum at (904) 737-7669.

NO-MOTOR FISHING TOURNAMENT The "No Motor Fishing Tournament" in Clearwater is being held March 19 for reds, snook and trout. Fish by wading, kayak or canoe. Entry costs $60. For details call Tom Doehleman at (727) 524-9670 or go online to www.ospreybay.com.

GONE WISHIN' This bass tourney on March 26 at the Palatka City Docks benefits the "Make-A-Wish Foundation." To enter call Nancy Stumpe at (386) 328-4027.

MONTH LONG SHRIMP TOURNAMENT Over four dates -- March 5, 12, 19 and 26 -- at Oak Hill's Riverbreeze Park and the Edgewater Ramp, shrimpers earn raffle tickets for a chance at three prizes. Each date has side pots for the biggest or most shrimp. This Internet Shrimpers and Anglers Association event has a one-time entry fee of $20. For more info go online to www.isaa.cc.

APRIL

OFFSHORE SHOOT-OUT This H.O.T. Fishing Circuit event will be held April 8-10 at the Brannon Center in New Smyrna Beach. It will feature a Spring Sportsman Show. For details call Southern Fish and Game at (386) 566-0736.

DISABLED BASS CHAMPIONSHIPS Paralyzed Veterans of America is holding the "19th Annual National Disabled Team Championship Bass Tournament" April 15-17 at Lake Monroe in Sanford. A division with boat- and bank-fishing categories is open to anyone with a severe mobility impairment. For details call (800) 940-2378.

REDBONE MOSQUITO LAGOON The fifth annual "Mercury Redbone @ Large Mosquito Lagoon Celebrity Fishing Tournament" for reds and trout is April 21-23 at J.B.'s Fish Camp in New Smyrna Beach. For info on this Cystic Fibrosis Foundation fundraiser call (321) 255-5010.

BUCKET FULL O' FUN This Flagler County Sport Fishing Club tournament for redfish, trout, drum and flounder is April 23. Entry costs $35. For info or to enter call Richard McCleery at (386) 445-4788.

SAVE RODMAN BASS TOURNAMENT River City Tournaments Unlimited is putting on this event April 23 at the Kenwood Landing in Interlachen. For details call Ed Taylor at (386) 328-8899.

OFFSHORE CHALLENGE The Halifax Sport Fishing Club's "Offshore Challenge" for dolphin, wahoo and kingfish is April 29-May 1. It is part of the H.O.T. Fishing Circuit and a qualifying event for the International Game Fish Association's junior angler championship. Weigh-in is at Inlet Harbor Marina. Non-member entry costs $150. To enter or for details call (386) 322-4480.

MAY

16TH ANNUAL SPECIAL NEEDS TOURNAMENT This free Halifax Sport Fishing Club event for the physically and mentally challenged is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 7 under the Dunlawton Bridge. For more info call (386) 322-4480.

KIDS-COPS COMMUNITY TOURNEY The Eighth Annual "Kids-Cops Fishing Tournament," hosted by the South Daytona Police Department at the Sunglow Pier will be May 14. The rainout date is May 21. The event is for children ages 3 to 13. Entry is free, but participants must be accompanied by a parent. To register call officer Dion Willey at (386) 322-3030.

CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL BENEFIT Jacksonville's Wolfson Children's Hospital has three benefit bass tourneys at the Palatka City Docks. May 21 is a team format with a $10,000 cash first prize. May 19 is the "Lads & Lasses," limited to male-female teams, and May 20 is the "VIP/Sponsor" tourney. To enter call Linda Starling (904) 291-0833.

17TH ANNUAL LADY ANGLER'S This Halifax Sport Fishing Club tourney is May 20-22 at the Marine Discovery Center. Men can be skippers and crew, but only women can fish for the eligible species of marlin, sailfish, wahoo, dolphin and kingfish. Non-member entry costs $200. To enter or for info call (386) 322-4480.

BLUEWATER INVITATIONAL The 33rd Annual Bluewater Invitational for wahoo, dolphin, kingfish, marlin, white marlin, sailfish and tuna is May 23-29 in St. Augustine. For details or to enter go online to www.nefma.com or call Chris Combs at (904) 859-8383.

FISHSTOCK The third annual "FishStock" festival with a free boat show, vendor stalls and entertainment at the Brannon Center in New Smyrna Beach has two tournaments, the "New Smyrna/Daytona Beach Striker" on May 26-29 and the "New Smyrna Redfish/Trout Challenge" on May 27-29. Entry forms and more info is online at www.fishstock.com or call Dan Jacobs at (407) 571-4680.

KIDS'/ADULTS' SURF TOURNEY The Internet Shrimpers and Anglers Association will hold a surf fishing tournament for kids and adults in May. Details to be determined. For details go online to www.isaa.cc.

JUNE

BLUE MARLIN OPEN The Fishin' Store's "New Smyrna Beach Blue Marlin Open" is June 2-5. It is release format, except marlin over 99 inches are scored per pound. Wahoo, dolphin and yellow fin tuna have separate categories. To enter call (386) 427-4514.

FLORIDA SPORTS FISHING SLAM "The 37th Annual Florida Sports Fishing Offshore Slam" for wahoo, dolphin, kings, cobia, snapper and grouper is being held June 3-4 in Port Canaveral. For details or to enter call Randy Anderson at (321) 223-4973.

KINGBUSTER 400 This Southern Kingfish Association event is June 9-11 at the St. Augustine Municipal Marina. Entry before April 15 costs $344.50 and $397.50 afterwards. Entry is limited to 400 boats. For details or to enter call Don Combs at (904) 992-9926 or (904) 992-9600 or go online to www.kingbuster400.com.

TECO CHARITY BASS TOURNAMENT River City Tournaments Unlimited is organizing this event, held June 18 at the Crystal Cove Marina in Palatka. For details call Ed Taylor at (386) 328-8899.

KINGFISH SHOOT-OUT The Fishin' Shack and Southern Fish and Game are holding this event in mid June. Details to be announced. For info call Southern Fish and Game at (386) 566-0736.

BOLDWATER SLAMATHON The Fishin' Store is hosting this H.O.T. Fishing Circuit event for wahoo and dolphin in June. Details to be announced. For info call the Fishin' Store at (386) 427-4514.

JUNE ON THE LAGOON Details are to be announced for this Internet Shrimpers and Anglers Association red-trout event. For updates go online to www.isaa.cc.

JULY

WORLD'S RICHEST TARPON TOURNAMENT Boca Grande's "World's Richest Tarpon Tournament" is capped at 40 boats to fish the "Pass Touranment" from 3-8 p.m. July 6-7. There will be a separate "Beach Tournament" of 20 boats fishing from 6:30-11:30 a.m. July 7-8. Entry costs $3,500. For details go online to www.worldsrichesttarpon.com or call (941) 964-0568.

ANCIENT CITY KINGFISH CHALLENGE The "Ancient City Game Fish Association's Kingfish Challenge" is July 8-10 at the St. Augustine Municipal Marina. For details or to enter this Southern Kingfish Association event call James Manucy at (904) 825-6436 or go online to www.acgfa.com.

GREATER JACKSONVILLE KINGFISH "The 25th Annual Bell South Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament" is July 18-23 at the Mayport Marina. Entry costs $345 through Jan. 31 and $395 afterwards. There are affiliated VIP and junior angler tourneys. To enter this Southern Kingfish Association event call Mike Wheeler at (904) 251-3011 or go online to www.kingfishtournament.com.

TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS "The Third Annual Boater's World Tournament of Champions" is July 29-30 in Jacksonville. To enter this Southern Kingfish Association event call (904) 819-0360.

LADY ANGLERS SLAM The Fishin' Store and Boston Whaler have tentatively set this event for July. Details to be announced. For info call the Fishin' Store at (386) 427-4514.

AUGUST

FOURTH ANNUAL INSHORE CLASSIC This Halifax Sport Fishing Club live-release event for reds, trout and jacks is Aug. 5-6. It is a qualifier event for the International Game Fish Association's inshore world championship. Fish any where in Florida and check in at three locations. Non-member entry costs $75. To enter call (386) 322-4480.

SEPTEMBER

EL PESCADO GRANDE The "18th Annual El Pescado Grande Invitational -- Florida/Georgia Billfish Shootout" is Sept. 21-24 in St. Augustine. This year the event is a release billfish event for sailfish, blue and white marlin and has a $500 prize for largest wahoo or dolphin. For more info call Jim Blaylock at (904) 471-2730.

OCTOBER

BILLFISH INVITATIONAL The Fishin' Store's seventh annual "New Smyrna Beach Billfish Invitational" is Oct. 6-8. The winner qualifies for the International Game Fish Association championship. To enter call (386) 427-4514.

SMYRNA REDFISH CLASSIC North Causeway Marine's "Third Annual Smyrna Redfish Classic" with live music and a unique "fish anywhere in Florida" format is Oct. 8-9. For info or to enter call (386) 427-5267.

17TH ANNUAL INSHORE The Flagler County Sport Fishing Club's "Inshore Tournament" will be Oct. 14 at Bing's Landing. Entry costs $35. For more info call Chuck Durkee at (386) 445-4444.

NOVEMBER

THE OLDEST CITY CLASSIC "The Mercury Redbone @ Large Oldest City Red*Trout Celebrity Classic" in St. Augustine is Nov. 10-12. This is a benefit event for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. For more info or to enter call Chris Edwards. She can be reached at (904) 733-3560.

HUNT FOR REDFISH This wading and kayaking fly-fishing tourney held Nov. 12-13 on the Mosquito Lagoon is a fundraiser for the Alzheimer's Association. For more info go online to www.huntforredfish.kintera.org.

RACERS INVITATIONAL "The Fourth Annual Crown Royal Racers Invitational," Nov. 15-16, brings together the professional racing community to compete offshore and in the backcountry. To find out about limited public entry or attending the 4 p.m. weigh-ins call Drew Patey at (386) 788-4441. Info is also online at www.racersinvitational.com.

CRAPPIE USA WILDCARD & KIDS RODEO Crappie USA Inc. is holding a "Wildcard" and "Kids Rodeo" Nov. 19 in Sanford at the City of Sanford Civic Center. Weigh-in is at 4 p.m. A seminar open to the public is being held after the tournament. This year's fish limit has been reduced from 10 to seven. The "Kids Rodeo" is free. Amateur "Wildcard" entry costs $75. For info or to enter call (615) 377-7800 or go online to www.crappieusa.com.

DECEMBER

TOYS FOR TOTS The Flagler Beach Ocean Pier will hold a tournament to benefit "Toys for Tots" in early December. To enter bring a new, unwrapped toy. For more info call the pier at (386) 439-2200.

 

 

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