ISLAMORADA, FLORIDA KEYS – Discerning anglers from across the country will hunt for some of the most elusive gamefish in the world at the 4th Annual Cheeca Lodge All American Backcountry Tournament, November 12-14, 2015. This prestigious event will raise funds for the locally-based Guides Trust Foundation, and will host two veteran soldiers to compete as a team in honor of Veteran’s Day.
This year, the All American will host a very short but very exclusive live auction featuring a week-long fishing trip for two anglers to Jardines de la Reina, Cuba, courtesy of Avalon Cuban Fishing Centers. This adventure includes two nights in a five-star hotel in Havana (on arrival and departure) and six nights aboard the 110-foot, fully air-conditioned La Tortuga, a double-deck floating hotel with seven deluxe cabins. Five full days and two half-days of fishing are included, as well as meals and drinks. More information is available at Avalon’s website, www.cubanfishingcenters.com
The live auction will also feature fishing trips, meals and accommodations to two luxury resorts in the Florida Keys – Cheeca Lodge & Spa in Islamorada and Tranquility Bay Resort Beach Hotel in Marathon. All money raised at this auction will go directly to the Guides Trust Foundation.
All American anglers will compete for trophies and prizes for releasing five different species of fish: snook, redfish, bonefish, tarpon and permit. Tackle Divisions include Fly, Artificial and General, and both Individual and Team trophies will be awarded. Fishing headquarters is World Wide Sportsman.
The Guides Trust Foundation assists Florida Keys fishing guides in need, helping them meet their financial obligations in times of crisis or injury. The GFT also awards scholarships to local students. For more information and donation forms, visit the GTF website at www.guidestrustfoundation.org
Signature sponsors again this year include Wells Fargo, Abel Reels and Robert-James Sales, Inc., among others.
Entry fee is $2,000 per angler and includes entry into all three social events for the angler, a guest and the angler’s guide and his guest. It also includes a continental breakfast dockside at World Wide Sportsman each morning and boxed lunches for anglers and guides. The All American is limited to 25 boats.
The 2015 All American kick off on Thursday, November 12, with a sumptuous beachside banquet, a rules meeting and an exclusive silent auction.
The tournament will culminate on Saturday, November 14, with an awards ceremony and banquet. Awards for Individual Grand Champion, Individual Runner-Up, Grand Champion Team, Runner-Up Grand Champion Team and Champions in the Fly, Artificial and General Tackle Divisions will be presented.
Cheeca Lodge is located at Mile Marker 82, Oceanside, Islamorada. All American anglers receive a 20% discount off regular room rates during the tournament. Call (800)327-2888 for reservations.