29th Annual Cheeca Lodge Presidential Sailfish Tournament

The 29th Annual Cheeca Lodge Presidential Sailfish Tournament is the third leg of the prestigious Florida Keys Gold Cup Sailfish Championship 

January 25-27, 2019
Cheeca Lodge & Spa
Islamorada, FL

Entree Fees: 

  • $675 for the 1st Angler           
  • $600 for each additional angler (up to 4 per boat)
  • After January 11: $775 for the 1st Angler and $700 for each additional angler
  • First angler receives a gift bag and two social tickets to the kick off beach banquet and the awards banquet. Each additional angler receives a gift bag and one social ticket to each banquet.

Cheeca Presidential Sailfish Tournament Award Categories:

  • Grand Champion
  • Outstanding Captain and Outstanding Mate
  • Most Tagged Fish – Angler; Most Tagged Fish – Captain; Most Tagged Fish – Mate
  • First Place; Second Place; Third Place
  • Top Lady Angler
  • Champion Junior Angler

Social Tickets
Social-only tickets for the public are available in limited quantity with advanced reservations. Please call 305.517.4512 or email lthornhill@cheeca.com for more information. 

About the Florida Keys Gold Club Sailfish Championship: 

The Florida Keys Gold Cup Sailfish Championship is a combination of three of the premier sailfish events in the Florida Keys. The FKGC is both an angler tournament as well as a team tournament. Each team must fish aboard the same boat in all three events. At least one angler of each team entered must fish all three events. This format stems from a long history of sailfish tri-fectas. Teams compete to win the coveted Florida Keys Gold Cup Sailfish Tournament trophy.

The three events that comprise the Florida Keys Gold Cup include:

  1.  Islamorada Sailfish Tournament November 29–December 2, 2018
  2.  Islamorada Fishing Clubs' Sailfish Tournament January 23-24, 2019
  3.  Cheeca Lodge Presidential Sailfish Tournament January 25-27, 2019

Each tournament has their own set of rules and entry fees. Each angler competes on an individual basis for the Championship Ring that includes bragging rights for the entire year. Teams compete for cash prizes and the coveted Gold Cup Trophy. There are also team awards for second and third places. The Florida Keys Gold Cup Sailfish Championship lures anglers from all over the world. The field has a limited entry of teams of elite sport fisherman. Early entry is encouraged. By entering the Florida Keys Gold Cup, anglers are supporting the Islamorada Charter Boat Association. The charter boat association is a 501-C-3 organization that works to conserve our fisheries here for future generations. The competition heats up at the end of November when the Islamorada Sailfish Tournament kicks of this tournament series.

View 2018 28th Annual Tournament Results

2019 Entry Form

2019 Schedule Of Events

2019 Official Rules

2019 Sponsorship Levels

For more information, please contact Lisa Thornhill at lthornhill@cheeca.com or by phone at (305)-517-4512. 

Thank you to our Valued Sponsors: