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All-American Backcountry Tournament

ISLAMORADA, FL – 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.


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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.

Signature sponsors again this year include Wells Fargo, Boom Your Brand, 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 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

The 2015 All American kick off on Thursday, November 12, with a sumptuous beachside banquet, a rules meeting and an exclusive silent auction.

Fishing hours are from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, November 13 and Saturday, November 14, 2015.
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.

For more information, please contact Julie Olsen at (305)517-4449 or e-mail visit Cheeca Lodge is located at Mile Marker 82, Oceanside, Islamorada.