Reel in the Excitement: Key West’s First Sailfish Tournament Makes a Splash April 11-13

Alright, fishing aficionados, mark your calendars! The Key West Sailfish Tournament, an epic battle of angling agility, is set to make its grand debut April 11-13. It's not just another fishing event; it's the inaugural quest for the high-flying sailfish, where teams will showcase their skill in a catch-and-release challenge that's all about points and prestige.

Who's going to snag the biggest bragging rights? The teams with the highest sailfish release scores pocket not just cash (hello, winnings that grow with the team count), but also some swanky prizes. We're talking marine electronics that would make any tech enthusiast jealous, top-notch cameras, and other gear that fishing dreams are made of.

But wait, there's more. It's not all about sailfish – participants also have a shot at glory in the fun fish division, targeting the ocean's speedsters: tuna, dolphin fish (not Flipper, folks), wahoo, and kingfish. Plus, there are extra categories for those feeling lucky.

The festivities kick off with a welcome bash and captain’s meeting at Dante’s Key West Restaurant & Pool Bar, nestled in the heart of the Key West Historic Seaport, at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 11. With fishing slated from 8:30 a.m. to the late afternoon across Friday and Saturday, the tension on the water will be palpable. Each sailfish release called into the committee boat tallies a point towards victory.

Post-fishing, it’s not just the fish that’ll be chilling on ice. Dante’s Pool Bar is the spot for a happy hour that promises to reel in tales of the one that (hopefully didn’t) get away. And as for the grand finale? An awards ceremony and party on Saturday night at the same venue where it all began.

If you're looking to enter your boat team, snag the early bird rate of $1,000 per team by March 10, or pay a bit more at $1,250 afterwards. Up for grabs are optional entry categories starting at $250, with up to 10 anglers per team.

Ready to dive into the details or register? Sail over to This is one for the books, folks. Don’t just hear about it; be a part of the inaugural Key West Sailfish Tournament.