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The Sailfish Challenge is leg two of a 3-leg sailfish tournament series called Quest for the Crest which attracts elite billfishing teams from all over the globe to South Florida. A $2 million purse in the midst of peak sailfishing season provides for a highly competitive layout, and teams go all-in to become deemed the #1 sailfishing team in the world.

February 19-23, the Sailfish Challenge will be hosted from three checkpoints- Government Cut in Miami, Hillsborough Inlet in Pompano Beach, and Palm Beach Inlet in Palm Beach.

The tournament also boasts a unique ‘Coin Challenge’ competition that randomly assigns teams in groups by color to see who can release the most sailfish in the tournament!

This year, the kickoff party will be at IGFA

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Seakeeper has officially announced their smallest unit to date, the Seakeeper 1. Designed to eliminate boat roll in boats 23 to 30 feet and up to 13,000 pounds, this compact stabilizer weighs 350 pounds and will be available for yacht tenders and small boats as early as June 2020.

New to the design is a flush-mount installation housing, and power draws are surprisingly low at just 55 amps running on only 12v DC power.

Spool-up time is significantly less than its larger predecessors, taking only 15 minutes from startup to fully functioning, and the control unit is now located directly on the device with capability of connectivity to Garmin, Simrad, and Raymarine MFDs.

We look forward to many installations of Seakeeper 1 in center

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Photo Courtesy of Le Mieux Charters.

Swordfishing has increased in popularity ten-fold in the past couple of years, mainly because of the recent development of daytime swordfishing (it used to primarily be done at night) and accessibility of electric reels. If you love fishing, I'm sure a swordfish is on your bucket list. The good news is, Palm Beach County residents and visitors alike have plenty access to fishing charters. Whether swordfishing is something to cross off of your bucketlist, or you want to learn how to rig and do it yourself, below is a list of friendly local captains who can help your dreams come true.

Lemieux Fishing Charters

  • Captain Chris Lemieux
  • Address: 7848 S Federal Highway, Hypoluxo
  • Phone: 561.767.6211

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Photo Courtesy of Sportfish Gallery.

Congratulations to “Ma Sheila” fishing team on their tournament win of the premier IGFA Light Tackle Invitational, and to team member Jeff Wright also won top angler!

IGFA’s newest exclusive two-day tournament, known for its maximum line class of 12 pounds and strict adherence to IGFA Angling Rules, is sure to be a local favorite for years to come. Hosted at Sailfish Marina on Singer Island, Florida, the IGFA Light Tackle Invitational prides itself in being a genuine “angler’s tournament”- a platform for light tackle anglers from around the globe to showcase their skills and sportsmanship.

All proceeds from the IGFA Light Tackle Invitational will benefit the IGFA Great Marlin Race, the world’s most extensive

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This exclusive two-day tournament will take place during peak sailfish season in South Florida. With a maximum line class of 12-pound and strict adherence to IGFA Angling Rules, the IGFA Light Tackle Invitational is a genuine “angler’s tournament,” and a platform for light tackle anglers from around the world to showcase their skills and sportsmanship. Species targeted/eligible for catch and release are blue marlin, white marlin, sailfish, and spearfish. Species targeted/eligible for weigh-in are dolphin, blackfin tuna, yellowfin tuna, and wahoo.

Schedule

Thursday, February 6, 2020:
Captains Meeting & Kick Off Party (Casual Attire)

Captain’s Meeting
5 PM

Team Registration & Welcome Cocktails
6 PM

Tournament Welcome Dinner
7 PM

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Established in 1935 by the West Palm Beach Fishing Club, the Silver Sailfish Derby is the oldest running sailfish tournament in the world. Limited to 50 boats, the 2020 Derby is sold out.

The Silver Sailfish Derby is a tournament with a massive amount of history, credited with developing the red release pennant and as one of the front-runners in promoting catch and release. Ernest Hemingway was a Derby trophy sponsor at one point, and the only time the tournament didn’t run was for three years during WWII.

The Derby features a two-day, Thursday & Friday, fishing format - a measure that was taken to avoid competition with weekend anglers and to foster increased tournament participation.

The 2020 Schedule of Events are as follows:

Wednesday,

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As we ring in 2020, we reflect on a turbulent year helping our friends at Old Bahama Bay rebuild after Hurricane Dorian. Winner’s Circle Charities was the first organization cleared by the President of OBB to arrive at the docks, and swiftly organized donation drop-off locations, sponsored Costco trips, and secured hundreds of boats to respond to the needs of families and friends in the Bahamas. Rest assured, OBB is back and better than ever! If it wasn’t for the Winner’s Circle Charities Fishing Tournament every year, Winner’s Circle Charities would not have had the immediate resources available to facilitate such a timely response, so thank you so much to every team who participates every single year!

“We’re excited to be able to have OBB as our

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Winter is finally here in South Florida (well, kind of), and each cold snap is bringing us closer and closer to the sailfish bite heating up. This is when a special species migrates to South Florida - sportfishing teams in the pursuit of billfish, the tournaments, and the large amount of cash that can be won (and spent) along with it. Whether you're a kite fishing team on a pampered SeaVee or playing bait-and-switch from a custom sportfish, here is the 2019-2020 line-up of sailfish tournaments in South Florida.

 

Dust ‘Em Off Sailfish Warm-Up

Date: November 6th – 10th, 2019

Location: Palm Beach, FL

Website: https://www.dustemoffsailfish.com/

 

Pirate’s Cove Sailfish Classic

Date: December 5th – 8th, 2019

Location: Pirate’s

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For the 24th year in a row, the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County (MIAPBC) is kicking off the holiday season by hosting the Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade.

From center consoles to pleasure yachts, dozens of South Florida boats will be decking their hulls in colorful lights and cruising through the intracoastal for a spectacular show of holiday spirit. The parade will be led by a Zambelli Fireworks travelling display,  will begin at the north end of Lake Worth Lagoon a 6 pm, and will travel north on the intracoastal to end with a grand finale at the Jupiter Lighthouse around 8pm, courtesy of Jetty’s, Square Grouper, and U-Tiki.

Mo and Sally from KOOL 105.5 will be aboard the Loggerhead Marina Grand Marshal Boat, and the big man

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Photo Courtesy of Photographer Eddie Twyford

The Florida “cold snap” this weekend has lows in the 60’s rolling through, producing ideal conditions for sailfish cruising through. Kitefish with goggle eyes in 120-250’ of water, and after your first sail, target a tighter area around that depth. A few dolphin are still in the equation off Palm Beach Inlet, but no strong numbers seem to be showing up.

The snapper bite has been solid lately, with large muttons and yellowtail congregating on the reef. Live ballyhoo, sardines, or midsized pinfish work great.

Inshore fishing has slowed down quite a bit, with Snook and redfish becoming finicky to the tide. You’ll have to feel out each spot for what tide works best, and keep a close eye on it once you

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