All American Backcountry Fishing Tournament November 12-14, 2015

A Prestigious Event, Drawing Anglers From Around The Globe

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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About The 2015 All American Backcountry Tournament

Anglers will compete for trophies and prizes for releasing five different species of fish: snook, redfish, bonefish, tarpon and permit. Our goal is to make this event the most impressive and celebrated fishing tournament in the Keys by bringing Cheeca's singular brand of casual elegance to every aspect of this event - from the trophies, to the gift bags to the banquets.

Fishing headquarters for this tournament is World Wide Sportsman, Islamorada's premier headquarters for fishing in the Florida Keys.  Proceeds will benefit the Guides Trust Foundation, a local organization that assists Keys fishing guides in need, helping them meet their financial obligations in times of crisis or injury. The GTF also awards scholarships to local students.  Click here to visit the GTF website.   We encourage our anglers and friends of Cheeca to make a direct donation to the Guides Trust Foundation.  

Entry fee is $2,000 per angler and includes entry into both social events for the angler, a guest and the angler's guide and his guest. It also includes boxed lunches and a continental breakfast dockside at World Wide Sportsman each morning. The entry fee does not include guide fees.  Once again this year in honor of Veteran's Day, we will host two wounded veteran soldiers to compete as a team.    


2015 All American Tournament Schedule

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Friday, November 13, 2015

Saturday, November 14, 2015


Trophies & Prizes

Trophies Will Be Awarded in the Following Categories

(* These trophies can be won by a team member or an individual angler.)


2015 Tournament Forms & Contacts



For more information, All American tournament brochure and entry forms, please contact Julie Olsen via e-mail at or via phone at (360)-288-2436. 


History Of The Cheeca Lodge All American Backcountry Tournament

The All American Backcountry Fishing Tournament at Cheeca Lodge began November of 2012 in Islamorada. This tournament is predicated by Cheeca’s legendary George Bush/Cheeca Lodge Bonefish Tournament, hosted by President George H.W. Bush from 1994 to 2003.

Now in its fourth year, the Cheeca Lodge All American Backcountry Tournament confirms the resort’s position as the premier sportfishing destination in Islamorada, the “sport fishing capital of the world." This celebrated fishing tournament brings Cheeca’s singular brand of casual elegance to every aspect, from the trophies to the gift bags to the banquets.


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2015 Tournament Sponsors

We graciously acknowledge our generous sponsors: