March Merkin Permit Tournament

When: March 11 - March 14, 2024

Where: Oceans Edge Resort & Marina, 5950 Peninsular Ave, Key West, FL 33040

The March Merkin Permit Tournament 2024 stands as a pinnacle event in Key West, combining the challenge of fly fishing with conservation efforts. This unique tournament attracts anglers who are passionate about the sport and the environment, offering a blend of competitive fishing, camaraderie, and philanthropy.

Event Details & Schedule Overview

March 11

  • 6:00 PM: The tournament kicks off with a Captain’s Meeting at the Papa’s Pilar Hemingway Rum Company in Key West. The evening includes heavy hors d'oeuvres and drinks featuring Papa’s Pilar rum, along with the opening of a silent auction.

March 12 to 14

  • Daily Start: Each day begins at 7:00 AM, with boats reporting dockside at Oceans Edge Resort & Marina. Anglers can pick up their boxed lunch before setting off at 8:00 AM for a day of fishing near the north side of Boca Chica Bridge.
  • Fishing: The competition sees lines out by 4:30 PM, followed by lite bites and drinks. The scoring closes at 5:30 PM, with all catches needing to be reported to the scorekeeper by this time.
  • Awards Banquet: The tournament concludes on March 14 with an awards ceremony at 6:00 PM, followed by an awards banquet, celebrating the achievements of participants. The online silent auction also ends at 7:00 PM, marking the close of the event's festivities.

Participants have often highlighted the impeccable organization of the event, the thrill of the challenge, and the beauty of the setting. The camaraderie among anglers and the opportunity to contribute to conservation efforts while engaging in competitive sport fishing create a rewarding experience for all involved.

  • Captain’s Meeting: Papa’s Pilar Hemingway Rum Company, Key West
  • Fishing Launch and Daily Gatherings: Oceans Edge Resort & Marina

The March Merkin Permit Tournament 2024 is a hallmark event for anglers and conservationists alike, offering a unique blend of competitive fly fishing, environmental conservation, and social gatherings. This This flats-and-fly-only tournament not only challenges the participants' fishing skills but also their commitment to marine life preservation. The Tournament is not only a test of angling skill but also a meaningful contribution to marine conservation, with a special emphasis on catch and release. The addition of tagging caught fish for extra points underscores the event's commitment to environmental stewardship.Whether you're there to compete or to support the cause, the March Merkin provides a comprehensive, engaging, and fulfilling experience in the heart of the Florida Keys.