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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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Photo Courtesy of Endless Imagery Photography, Inc.

This past weekend, a fleet of 48 boats shed their summer skin to register for this year’s Dust ‘Em Off Sailfish Warmup. A multi-inlet tournament, boats fished from Jupiter Inlet to Islamorada to kick off the sailfish season in South Florida.

With fall weather rolling in, fishing proved to be heating up with a total of 107 sailfish releases. 39’ SeaVee BLUE TALES captained by Samy Arriaga claimed victory with 6 sailfish releases. 48’ Viking DAY SEA captained by Kyle Sherman took second releasing 6 sailfish. Third place was scored this year by ONE UP captained by JC Cleare with 6 sailfish. Kevin Cabrera fishing aboard ANGLER MANAGEMENT claimed top angler with 3 sailfish releases.

This year’s

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This Thursday, the professionals' sportfishing magazine InTheBite is hosting a sportfishing social at Blue Pointe Bar and Grill in Tequesta. 

This will be the second of many socials, and gives crews, captains, owners, writers, photographers, and fisherman in the industry a chance to rub elbows and talk fishing.

The social will be from 5-7pm on Thursday, November 15th 2018, and it is open to the public.

Blue Pointe Bar and Grill is located at Jupiter Pointe Marina at 18701 SE Federal Hwy, Tequesta, FL 33469.

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Photo Courtesy of Emily Schwab.

The game offshore this weekend goes to sailfish, snappers, and gaffers. Sailfish are strong just in time for the Dust ‘Em Off Tournament, with releases in the double digits. Kite fishing with live goggle-eyes or blue runners in 100-300’ should entice a few sails. While dolphin schoolies are abundant, a few gaffers have been chasing ballyhoo and bonita strips in the 150-600’ range. Trolling with small feathers during lowlight should help you catch a few football-sized blackfin tuna, and the smaller ones can be used to catch wahoo. If you're thinking of heading to the Bahamas for the first time, read "How to Cross From Florida to the Bahamas By Boat".

Large mutton snapper have been pretty hot lately, with plenty of

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The Old Bahama Bay Wahoo Charity Cup 2018 will take place on November 15-17th at OBB Resort & Marina in West End Grand Bahama to benefit Leukaemia & Lymphoma NI.

Last year, a total of 23 boats registered, with 18 boats competing in the two-day wahoo tournament. Congratulations to 48’ Viking DAY SEA for taking the first place $21,000 pot home in 2017 with an aggregate weight of 109.6 lbs! DAY SEA’s Andi De Young caught the largest wahoo of the tournament on day 1 with a 48-pounder, and 2nd place went to 40’ Seahunter CORKS CREW with over $8,900 of winnings. 48’ Riviera LLANGUS swept up third place, taking home over $4,200.

The first year of the tournament paid out over $40,000 in prize money and raised over $105,000 for Leukemia and Lymphoma NI.

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