The Islamorada Winter Classic Tournament is designed as an offshore team event where anglers can target Sailfish, Barracuda, Dolphin, Wahoo, Tuna, Mackerel, Hogfish, Grunt, and Snapper. There are awards for the most releases, heaviest fish, and largest fish in both guided and non-guided teams as well as junior and teen divisions. You can find more details on the tournament format below.
February 24th - February 26th
Kick off Friday Feb 2nd
5 pm @ the Lorelei in Islamorada
Fishing on Saturday & Sunday
Awards on Sunday
Early Registration Deadline is Feb 12th
Silent Auction February 24th
5- 8 pm - Open to the Public
Benefitting our Charities
The Winter Classic is an offshore team event with a limit of 6 anglers per boat. Scoring is based on releases and weight of identified species, and photos are required for all released fish in order to be counted. With a limit of 5 of each species, regardless of category. Trophies will be awarded for most releases on a daily and overall basis, with teen and junior anglers qualifying for trophies in separate divisions.
Guided and Non-guided Divisions
Teams are considered guided if they are fishing with a professional licensed captain who has received compensation over the preceding year or are fishing with a professional who receives a substantial part of their income from fishing. The tournament rules committee shall make a final determination as to whether or not an individual is considered a professional.
Junior and Teen Age Restrictions
A Junior angler must be age 12 or younger by the first day of fishing. An angler is considered to be a Teen angler if they are age 13 - 19 by the first day of fishing.
Boundaries and Times
Fishing is restricted to the Oceanside of US Highway 1. Boats are eligible to depart between Mile Marker 106 (Garden Cove Marina) and the East end of the Seven Mile Bridge.
Lines in begins at 8 am each day. Lines must be out at 3:30 pm with score cards due by 5 pm on Saturday. Lines out by 2:00 and score cards are due in by 3:30 on Sunday.
Captain's Meeting and Kickoff
The kickoff meeting will be held at 5 pm on Friday in Islamorada at the Lorelei. One member from each team must attend the rules and kickoff meeting.
A copy of the Entry Form, Complete Rules, Trophies, and Awards are available for download here.
The Islamorada Winter Classic Fishing Tournament raises money to benefit: Coastal Conservastion Association, Good Health Clinic, Voices Guardian programs, Cancer Foundation, and other youth and fishing programs in the Fabulous Florida Keys.