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Cheeca’s 3rd Annual All American Backcountry Tournament

ISLAMORADA, FLORIDA KEYS – A limited number of angler slots are still available for the Third Annual Cheeca Lodge All American Backcountry Tournament, November 13-15, 2014. This prestigious event draws discerning anglers from all over the world and will raise funds for the locally-based Guides Trust Foundation.


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Photo: Cheeca Lodge & Spa

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, just a half mile from Cheeca.

Signature sponsors again this year include Wells Fargo, Boom Your Brand, Abel Reels and the Monroe County Tourist Development Council, 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 beneficiary this year is the Guides Trust Foundation, which 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 website at

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, 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.