The Key West Fishing Tournament started in Jan. and will continue until Aug!

The Key West Fishing Tournament started in Jan. and will continue until Aug!


The Key West Fishing Tournament was founded in 1965 by Gainey Maxwell, a charter boat captain. Key West residents and non residents come from all over to partake in this fishing tournament. It is an 8-month long competition open to the public. You may fish by boat, land or bridge. Visiting and resident anglers weigh and release catches in order to compete for awards. Entries receive certificates noting their catch.

There are four angler divisions, Men, Women, Junior (age 10-15) and Peewee (under 10). Anglers in each division win an award for the heaviest of 33 species in 9 different line classes. A ‘Master Angler’ title is given to both in-county and out-of-county residents in all four divisions. Check out the 2017 ‘Master Angler’ awards here. Equally important, there are efforts to promote conservation and the release of fish with established minimum weights in each line class to discourage the killing of smaller fish. There are also minimum lengths for some species for release citations.

Atlantic Yacht & Ship, Inc.

For over 56 years Atlantic Yacht & Ship has been serving the yachting community. Our headquarter sales office is dockside at Harbour Towne Marina in the heart of the yachting capital of the world, Fort Lauderdale, FL. Our in-house waterside service department provides general yacht services. This includes from new teak, to engine rebuilds, captain services, and everything in between. Whether purchasing or marketing a quality vessel, Atlantic Yacht and Ship, Inc. is your one stop resource for the highest quality service and sales in the yachting industry today. If you are looking at yachts for sale, or thinking about selling your yacht, it is always wise to have an experienced broker representing your interests throughout the deal. Contact Atlantic Yacht & Ship, Inc. at 954.921.1500 or click here.