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.

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.   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 and Abel Reels, 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 Guide Trust Foundation also awards scholarships to local students.  For more information and donation forms, visit the website at

2015 All American Tournament Schedule

The 2015 All American kick off on Thursday, November 12, with a sumptuous beach-side banquet, the 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.

2015 Tournament Forms & Contacts



For more information, All American tournament brochure and entry forms, please contact Julie Olsen via e-mail at

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.