Keys Summer Fishing

New Date August 14-16, 2020 Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing’s “Learning on the Water,” plus the Screamin’ Reels Tournament! Islamorada, FL

Book early, mahi are around in August!

Early Registration Only $89 early Entry for adults, $45 for teens! $99 regular registration. Charter boat fishing per person additional, rates below. Registration is per angler.

This event is normally held in June. To accommodate the recent changes regarding Covid-19, we will be holding the event in August. Please excuse any reference to June on the registration form and refer to this page for the main dates. Fear not, there are plenty of fish to be caught and we always have tons of fun! 

Register HERE!

Save to Calendar HERE!

Screamin’ Reels is a two-day tournament (Sat.) with kickoff on Friday evening. Full Day Fishing on Saturday, 3/4 day fishing on Sunday. Grab a spot on the charter boats we are holding or your own boat!

Top prizes available for those who fish both days, and include Penn Squall 30 LD conventional and Penn Passion spinning reel combos! Art Prints, Sunglasses and more! Fish one day for some daily prizes.

For full day seminar with 1-2 days of fishing Oct. 23-25, 2020 with a day of learning and hands-on practice with instructors and two optional days of fishing with prizes, too. For that, Info is HERE.

If you have a hotel room and want a roommate  Email us.

FISHING REPORT: Mahi are around and some can be large. Also king mackerel and some tuna. We can’t guarantee fish, could be hot fishing one day, not the next but there are always fish caught. Can’t catch ’em if you’re not out there!

A weekend of learning and a non intimidating fun competition! On Friday is a Kickoff, appetizer contest and an educational presentation on fishing from 6-8 pm at at the Tavernier Elks, a few minutes away from Islamorada. They also have a fish fry where you can order a plate. The Tournament is on Saturday-Sunday with prize awards presented shortly after the boats return to Whale Harbor on Sunday. A few prizes may be presented for daily awards.

If you fish from the charter boats we book you don’t need any equipment and can learn fishing as you do it on the boat. Don’t worry, you do not need to be an experienced angler to participate as many of the awards are drawings from those who caught fish. No pressure! There are no instructors from LLGF on the boats but you can learn from the captain and mate.

Each tournament participant gets about $20 in free gifts, a face protector, coozie, etc.  Plus a discount coupon for Worldwide Sportsman (pending for 2020)!

Saturday and Sunday Fishing from Whale Harbor, 83413 Overseas Highway, Islamorada, FL 33006 mm 83.5 Oceanside. Some boats depart from other locations, we will notify you in advance.

Agenda:

Friday Kickoff 6-8 pm. Appetizer contest with prizes – bring an appetizer if you want to enter! The Elks also has a Fish Fry where you can buy a plate at a low cost. Speaker on offshore fishing and conservation, Capt. Skip Bradeen. Rule Discussion. At Tavernier, FL Elks Lodge BPOE 1872. 92600 US Highway 1 South, Tavernier, FL 33070 Mile marker 92, Bayside. 

Saturday: Full Day Fishing 7 am to 3 pm Whale Harbor Docks. Arrive a half hour (15 minutes at the latest) in advance as the charter boats leave promptly at 7 am.

Sunday: Option to fish for 3/4 day on charter boats, followed by informal awards at the dock at 1:30 approx. . Fishing time Approx. 7 am – 1 pm.

Species include legal inshore and offshore fish.

Get your reels screamin’ and join us!

Entry Info:

Registration includes Kickoff Party/appetizer contest and a chance to win tournament prizes. Most people win something! If signing up for charter boats you pay at the same time you register,  per person. Or fish on your own boat.

Click HERE for our reservation/cancellation policy. Any changes affect the others as we book charter boats to meet their capacities and per-boat costs.

This is prime mahi (dolphin) season!

Fishing Rates (includes guide, boat, fishing license and equipment) If you can only fish one day there will be some daily prizes but you need to fish both days to win the First Place prize.  If you fish offshore or party boat one day and inshore or offshore on Sunday that’s fine! Lots of choices! Fishing times include boat time to get to the fishing areas and back. 

SATURDAY FULL DAY:

$298 Offshore Sportfishing Boat (Full day approx. 7 am – 3:00), gratuity not incl., 6 persons/per boat) Fish for sailfish, kingfish, wahoo, dolphin and more! You may troll offshore, catch bait, go bottom fishing and more! It is up to the captain and what is biting and where. With a full day you have more time to go further to target fish and may go out 17 miles or more to where the fish are.

$285 Backcountry/Flats Fishing (Full day approx. 7 am – 3:00), gratuity and not incl., BASED ON 3-4 persons/per boat). Only 8 slots available/2 boats. Fish for snook, tarpon, trout, redfish, bonefish and more. With this choice you are busy casting and interacting versus sitting while trolling on a sportfishing boat. This is a good choice if you tend to get seasick. These boats may leave from a different location and you drive in your winning fish. If all the boats that take 3-4 are booked and you are on a boat that only takes 2 you will be advised of upgrade fees.

OPTIONAL SATURDAY

$199 Offshore Sportfishing Boat (HALF day approx. 7-11am), gratuity not incl., 6 persons/per boat) Fish for sailfish, kingfish, wahoo, dolphin and more! You may troll offshore, catch bait, go bottom fishing and more! It is up to the captain and what is biting and where. In a half day you can’t go far offshore to catch mahi and tuna but will most likely reef or bottom fish for snapper, kingfish and what’s biting. If there are not enough to fill this, we will contact you with options. We may also add an afternoon trip approx. noon to 4. put that in your notes on the registration form if you prefer that. 

Group/Party Boat: Half Day Reserve on your own for Saturday. Captain Michael is 9:30 am to 1:30 pm. A half day may cost about $50. Click HERE for Captain Michael. Be at weigh in at Whale Harbor at 3 pm Sat. with your score sheet.

SUNDAY 3/4 Day (Please note 3/4 day is not much less than full day as captains usually can’t take a second charter when fishing 3/4 day:

$269 Offshore Sportfishing Boat (3/4 day approx. 7 am – 1:00), gratuity not incl., 6 persons/per boat) Fish for sailfish, kingfish, wahoo, dolphin and more! You may troll offshore, catch bait, go bottom fishing and more! It is up to the captain and what is biting and where.

$265 Backcountry/Flats Fishing (3/4 day approx. 7 am – 1:00), gratuity and not incl., BASED ON 3-4 persons/per boat). Only 8 slots available/2 boats. Fish for snook, tarpon, trout, redfish, bonefish and more. This is a good choice if you tend to get seasick. These boats may leave from a different location and you drive in your winning fish. If all the boats that take 3-4 are booked and you are on a boat that only takes 2 you will be advised of upgrade fees.

Party boat fishing not available on Sunday, it comes back too late for awards.

Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing “Screamin’ Reels” Tournament, Whale Harbor Marina, Islamorada, FL

Overall:

Catch or release a fish, fish both days to be in the main tournament to be eligible for prizes. On Saturday there will be some daily prizes for those not fishing on Sunday. This is an Angler tournament, not a boat tournament. It is designed for novices with casual rules. Prizes will be drawings from those who caught fish and wild card drawings from all participants – even if you did not catch a fish, you have a chance to win something!

Lines IN/OUT

Saturday: Leave anytime in safe light, Lines can be in the water not before 7 am. Lines out is 2:45 pm. If you do the half day charter lines out is when you return.

Sunday: Leave anytime in safe light, Lines can be in the water not before 7 am. Lines out is 12:45 pm.

Return times:

Saturday 3 pm: Charter boats at Whale Harbor return by 3 pm to be eligible and for photos of your fish. 3:30 pm Those fishing on their own boat who are driving in their fish, to allow for drive time.

Sunday 1 pm: Charter boats at Whale Harbor return by 1 pm to be eligible and for photos of your fish. 1:30 pm Those fishing on their own boat who are driving in their fish, to allow for drive time.

Late Returns: If your captain is willing to stay fishing later and ALL agree your fish may not count towards the top awards but you can still get your catch ticket for drawings if they are still going on when you return. We still need your score sheet for the fishing report.

No food/beverage served by us during weigh in, you can order from Wahoos at Whale Harbor.

Species/Weigh in:

Offshore Division (based on weight and/or releases):

  • Weigh in: All legal offshore fish, minimum 10 lbs., including pelagic and bottom fish, except for these exclusions for weigh in: No sharks, sailfish, marlin, tarpon, eels, amberjacks or stingrays should be brought back to the dock to be weighed. Swordfish are permitted to be weighed. Amberjacks do not count for heaviest fish but do count for a catch ticket. Weigh in is limited to 2 fish per boat.
  • Offshore Release: Billfish only, marlin, sailfish. Mate must touch the leader.
  • In the name of conservation, please weigh only fish that will be consumed or used for bait, for example, bonito to be used for strips.

Inshore Division (based on length to tip of tail and/or releases):

  • Inshore weigh in – Minimum 15 inches, all legal inshore fish, based on measurement head to the tail. Weigh in is limited to 2 fish per person.
  • Inshore Release: Tarpon and/or bonefish
  • No sharks, sailfish, marlin, tarpon, eels or stingrays should be brought back to the dock to be weighed. Amberjacks do not count for longest fish but do count for a catch ticket.

Both Divisions: Protected species should not be brought to the dock (sharks, stingrays, sailfish, tarpon, etc.).

  • Catch Ticket Drawing for those who caught or released fish – one catch ticket per person no matter how many fish you caught or released, whether inshore or offshore. You do not have to weigh a fish to get a ticket for the Wild Card Drawings for catching a fish. Fish releases count for a ticket for any fish except small bait fish. Tickets are based on the Score Sheet.
  • Fish releases, for ticket purposes only, may include billfish, shark, tarpon, barracuda, bonito, catfish, (everything except small bait fish).
  • Do not take sailfish, marlin or tarpon onto the boat for a release photo.
  • If your fish is smaller than the top two fish there is no need to weigh or measure it.

 Simple Rules:

  • Drawing: Catch or release a fish to be eligible for prize drawing. Record it on your score sheet. Hard luck for those who didn’t catch. For the drawings, each person gets 1 ticket no matter how many fish they caught or released. It is permitted to drive the fish to Whale Harbor.
  • In the name of education, it is allowed for the captain or mate to assist with hookup but a single angler must fight the fish and bring it to the boat. Pulled hooks do not count. Released fish must be under control at the moment of release.
  • Anglers may fish from our charter-supplied boats or on their own boats.
  • This is an Honor-Based Tournament intended for novice anglers, women and teens. If a woman wants to register her male counterpart that’s ok!
  • Captains to verify all catches or releases on the Score Form supplied.

Angler Prizes, presented Sunday approx 1:45- 2pm upon return of boats including a Penn Squall Conventional rod/reel combo and a Penn Passion Spinning reel combo for those fishing two days:

  • Heaviest Offshore Fish Overall First Place – those fishing both days
  • Offshore Fish 2nd Place – those fishing one or 2 days 
  • Longest Inshore Fish Overall First Place – those fishing both days
  • Inshore Fish 2nd Place – those fishing one or 2 days 
  • Offshore Release – Highest number of billfish releases or drawing in case of a tie
  • Inshore Release – Highest number of tarpon or bonefish releases or drawing in case of a tie
  • Junior Angler Offshore 
  • Junior Angler Inshore 
  • Wild Card Drawings from all who caught or released fish
  • Group photo prize 
  • Numbers of prizes (rods, art prints, etc) based on number of entries, there will be some nice prizes!
  • In case of a tie, winner’s name will be drawn.
  • Party boat is considered offshore

In case of the unexpected, Tournament Committee decision is final. Awards will be made depending on the number of participants.

Overnight Accommodations

THIS WILL BE A VERY BUSY WEEKEND IN THE KEYS SO DON’T WAIT VERY LONG TO BOOK YOUR OVERNIGHT ROOM! 

MM 80: Breezy Palms Resort – Most likely sold out – Google other hotel rooms in Islamorada, Tavernier or Lower Matacumbe. Our Host Hotel on the ocean with marina! Nice rooms most have kitchens!  Pool. Limited availability! We have stayed there for years and the ladies love it!  www.breezypalms.com 305-664-2361  MM 80 Oceanside. $69 – $179 Reference Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing.

Thanks to our sponsor Saltwater Brewery, eco-friendly makers of several beers including Screamin’ Reels! They have invented bio degradable and edible can holders!

 

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