29th Annual Presidential Sailfish Tournament

Main Attraction Takes Top Honors At The 29th Annual Cheeca Lodge & Spa Presidential Sailfish Tournament 

January 25-27, 2019 in Islamorada, FL

73 anglers fishing on 19 boats released 82 sailfish over the two-day gripping competition

50 sailfish were released on the first day of the tournament, 32 sailfish were released on the second day, 114 total hookups and 82 releases

First Place/Overall Champions
Team Main Attraction clinched First Place in the tournament. The Overall Champions released ten sailfish. Team members included Mark Busch, Clint Rodamer, Daniel Roberts and Shelby Bentley, all from Marathon, FL.  Outstanding Captain and Mate Awards went to Main Attraction Captain Marty Lewis and Mates Clint Rodamer and Danny Lombardo.

Grand Champion Angler and Third Place Winner
The Grand Champion Angler Award went to Mike Varney of Key Largo, FL, on The Indigenous captained by Travis Dickens of Islamorada, FL, for five releases. The award was sponsored by Caribee Boat Sales and Marina.

The Indigenous also took home 3rd Place honors. Along with Captain Travis Dickens of Islamorada, FL, were anglers Wade Stafford of Merritt Island, FL; Coleman Wherly of Melbourne, FL; Mike Varney of Key Largo, FL; and Mark Toledo of Ft. Lauderdale, FL released nine sailfish.

Top Lady Angler 
The Top Lady Angler Award sponsored by Blue Marlin Jewelry went to Michelle Espinosa of Miami, FL, for five releases onboard the Remix captained by JC Cleare of Miami. The Top Lady Angler Award is dedicated to the memory of Jay Anna and Kenny Cohan, beloved members of the Islamorada community. 

Second Place 
Second Place went to Team HellReyzer led by Captain Ryan Alexander of Cutler Bay, FL. HellReyzer released ten sailfish with anglers Rey Acosta, Travis Upchurch, Jorge Corzo, Mike Acosta of Pinecrest, FL.

Most Tagged Fish
In a long-standing Presidential Tournament tradition of conservation, the Mdala team won the Most Tagged Fish Award, captained by John Hagen with Angler Mike Walter, both of Islamorada, FL.

Florida Keys Gold Cup Sailfish Championship

The 29th Annual Cheeca Lodge Presidential Sailfish Tournament was the third leg of the prestigious Florida Keys Gold Cup Sailfish Championship, following the Islamorada Sailfish Tournament and the Islamorada Fishing Club Tournament.

The Gold Cup Championship sponsored by Caribee Boat Sales, Yamaha Outboards and Tackle Center of Islamorada.boasted $24,000 in prize money for the winners, with all money raised benefitting the Islamorada Charter Boat Association.

Sixty-six anglers on thirteen teams released 173 sailfish in the Gold Cup Series.

Florida Keys Gold Cup Winner
Team Last Dance took First Place with a total of 25 releases taking the coveted award with a last-minute double header. 

Gold Cup 2nd Place Winner
Team HellReyzer took Second Place with a total of 24 releases.


Gold Cup 3rd Place Winner
Team Caribsea moved into the Third Place with a total of 19 releases by releasing five sails at the Cheeca Lodge Presidential Sailfish Tournament. 

Presidential Live Scoring

2019 Presidential Brochure

2019 Presidential Rules

2019 Sponsorship Levels

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

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