Introducing the new Yamaha Contender Miami Sportfishing Tournament, which is gearing up for its 2015 event, held April 23 – 25th, 2015 at the Miami Beach Marina on South Beach in Florida. With the highest Top Boat prize of any other sportfishing tournament in South Florida, $30,000, will make the Yamaha Contender Miami Sportfishing Tournament the most exciting sportfishing event of the year! It will be a fantastic fishing tournament, offering participants great parties, food, gifts, amenities and prizes, all while donating proceeds to various charities, scholarships and educational programs.
he new Miami Sportfishing Tournament is designed to give anglers of all levels a chance to win great cash prizes and trophies, all while having a great time in the process. The tournament will seek species including Dolphin, Tuna, Kingfish, Wahoo, Cobia and Billfish. The winners will be determined by the combined aggregate weight of the 3 heaviest fish from each funfish species per boat, as well as 15 points added to the aggregate weight for each billfish release (up to 3 releases per boat). The $500 entry fee allows anglers access to the weekend’s events, parties, amenities and angler gifts.
The tournament begins on Thursday evening, with a kick-off party and Captain’s meeting at the tournament’s main tent at Miami Beach Marina. On Saturday, boats can depart from any inlet in South Florida to fish from 7:00 – 4:00 pm. After lines out, the official weigh-in takes place at Miami Beach Marina. Here, the tournament will offer participants and the public a Baywalk Festival, featuring various local artists and craftsman, as well as our popular dock parties, offering drink specials, exhibitors, raffles, entertainment and giveaways at the weigh-station. This is followed by the tournament Awards Party in the main tent. The party is open to participants and the public, and includes a huge silent auction, offering incredible opportunities to bid on great deals including exotic trips, fine jewelry, artwork, fishing tackle, consumer and marine electronics and more. During this time, our tournament awards ceremony will be held with a Yamaha Motors dinner. The finale is the drawing of the winning raffle ticket for a 25’ Tournament Contender Boat complete with twin 150hp Yamaha 4-Stroke Outboard Engines, a Bluewater Towers T-top and Leaning Post, Tigress Outriggers and Lighting and a Continental Trailer, valued over $120,000. Raffle tickets are available at www.miamisportfish.com, or up until the time of the drawing on site at the tournament.
The Yamaha Contender Miami Sportfishing Tournament (formally the Miami Billfish Tournament) was founded over 33 years ago with the goal to raise money for marine conservation, education and promote preservation awareness. The tournament has donated over $725,000 to various organizations such as The Billfish Foundation, Coastal Conservation Association, International Game Fish Association, the Florida Keys Marine Laboratory and various educational scholarships. The event is supported by sponsors and product donations nationwide interested in giving back to the marine industry. Principal sponsors this year include Yamaha Motor Corp., Contender Boats, Costa Sunglasses, Miami-Dade County, Blanchard Machinery, Admiral Oil and RICOH.
For additional information, visit miamisportfish.com or call 305-598-2525.