All American Backcountry Fishing Tournament

To Salute War Heroes

Tournament inspired by 41st US President George Bush set for Nov. 8-10, 2018 to include war heroes in the competition with proceeds benefitting Florida Keys Fishing Guides in Need

War Heroes will compete with world-class anglers at the 6th Annual Cheeca Lodge All American Backcountry Fishing Tournament, November 8-10, 2018 at Cheeca Lodge & Spa, Islamorada, FL. In honor of Veteran’s Day, the event will host two war heroes to join the competition. The acclaimed event was inspired by 41st President George Bush, an avid Keys angler and a regular visitor to Cheeca. Proceeds benefit the locally based nonprofit Guides Trust Foundation (GTF) for Florida Keys guides in need.

“This is a great opportunity for these war heroes to join discerning anglers from across the country as they hunt for the most elusive game fish in the world,” said General Manager Bob LaCasse. “They have earned this chance to unwind and join the other anglers, while enjoying the fabulous fisheries of the Keys.”

All American anglers fish on a guided charter boat or their own boat with a licensed guide. They will compete for trophies and awards for releasing five different species of inshore fish: snook, redfish, bonefish, tarpon and permit. Individual and team trophies will be awarded for fly, general tackle/spinning/conventional and artificial lure divisions. Live bait is permitted in the general tackle division.

Social events will be held at the Cheeca Lodge & Spa, a sportsman paradise renowned for its barefoot elegance, with fishing departing from nearby World Wide Sportsman.

This first-class tournament will kick-off on Thursday, November 8, with a cocktail reception, rules meeting, patriotic banquet on the beach and auction. Tickets to attend the kickoff dinner and auction are available to the community with advance reservations.

Competitive fishing hours are from 7am to 3pm on Friday, November 9, and Saturday, November 10, 2018. The tournament culminates on Saturday, November 10, with an awards ceremony and banquet, where anglers can mingle with fishing celebrities such as world-famous fly angler, Stu Apte. Awards for Individual Grand Champion, Individual Runner-Up, Grand Champion Team, Runner-Up Grand Champion Team, Champions in the Fly, Artificial and General Tackle Divisions will be presented.

New for 2018 is a lower entry fee of $1,500 per angler, offering two social events with dinner and beverages for four people, including the angler and a guest, and the guide and guest. Also included is a daily continental breakfast dockside at World Wide Sportsman, boxed lunches for anglers and guides and a gift bag per person.

Various sponsorship levels are available if you would like to support the Guides Trust Foundation while saluting our war heroes and fishing with the best of the best at the 6th Annual All American Backcountry Tournament in November.

For more information, please contact Lisa Thornhill at

Schedule Of Events

Entry Form

Sponsorship Levels

Tournament Rules

In-kind Donation Form

2017 Press Release

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2016 All American Backcountry Tournament Recap

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