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25th Presidential Sailfish

ISLAMORADA, FLORIDA KEYS – Competitive sport fishermen from across the country will gather at Cheeca Lodge & Spa in January for two days of intense sail fishing action during the 25th Annual Presidential Sailfish Tournament, January 15-18, 2015. Winners will take home stunningly beautiful trophies, including an original sculpture by Roge Fowler, and the bragging rights that come with catching and releasing the most sailfish.


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Over its illustrious history, Cheeca’s Presidential Tournament has grown to become one of the largest and most prestigious sailfish tournaments in South Florida. It is the second leg of the prestigious Florida Keys Gold Cup Sailfish Championship, which culminates with the Islamorada Fishing Club Sailfish Tournament, January 21-22, 2015. The Gold Cup Championship boasts $25,000 in prize money for
the winners.

The 2015 Presidential will be the most elegant and exciting tournament in its distinguished history. It will kick off registration at 5:30 p.m. followed by a cocktail party and buffet dinner at 6 p.m. on Thursday, January 15. Fishing days are Friday and Saturday, January 16-17. The sumptuous awards banquet is at 6:30 p.m. on January 17.

January is peak sail fishing season. Once hooked up, acrobatic and iridescent sailfish leap through the air and tail walk the waves, giving anglers the fight of their lives. In keeping with Cheeca’s mission to conserve and protect valuable Keys resources, all sailfish caught during this tournament are released to fight another day. Only circle hooks can be used.

Entry fee is $695 for the first angler; additional anglers are $645, with up to four anglers per boat. After January 7, 2017, entry fee for the first angler is $750, and each additional angler is $700. Anglers participating in the Presidential will receive a 20 percent discount off regular room rates.For more information, All American tournament brochure and entry forms, please contact Julie Olsen at (305)517-4449 or e-mail or visit 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.