Message from the GM (September 2020)
September 19th is fast approaching for our annual closing for general maintenance. Our last dinner service will be Saturday, September 19th and we will reopen on Tuesday, October 6th for dinner and for lunch on Thursday, October 8th. For the time being we will continue serving lunch on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays only, until further notice.
The past seven months have been very challenging for the staff and I, and we continue to operate under the current mandated guidelines, for the protection of ourselves but most importantly for our membership. The good news is that The Club is going to come out on the other side unscathed and still healthy. Although our staff will be on vacation, I will available to you during the 2 weeks should you need anything or have any questions as you prepare for your return to Islamorada.
As we have said before the situation with Covid-19 is constantly changing. We are still at a mandated 50% occupancy for indoor seating with proper social distancing. Outdoor seating is also available with appropriate social distancing. We are allowing only those with a reservation to have a drink at the bar prior to going to their table to keep within the mandated guidelines of 50% occupancy.
Monroe County has issued a directive requiring face coverings to be worn outside whenever social distancing of six feet or more is not possible. Also, all employees and customers must wear a face coverings in all public establishments, the face coverings may be removed when seated, but must be worn if you leave your seat. I want to thank all of you for your cooperation and understanding as we navigate this very fluid environment.
The staff and I would like to thank our members for their continued support during these unprecedented times and our usual hot summer days.
Islamorada Fishing Club
Covid-19 Protocols (September 2020)
We want to keep you informed on the protocols we are using at the club to keep all members and staff safe and healthy during these trying times we are all facing.
We are sanitizing all contact surfaces in the club daily and intermittently through the day including, dining room chairs, doors & bathroom fixtures. None of the tables are preset, silverware is rolled in dinner napkins and salt & pepper shakers are replaced with a sanitized set. There are numerous other changes that you may notice, such as no sugar caddies or cracker baskets or mints in a bowl at the front door. If you would like a mint please ask Marguerite I’m sure she will get one for you. There is hand sanitizer at the table near the host stand. All staff is wearing face coverings at all times.
We are continuing to have the club professionally sanitized through a fogging machine at a minimum of 2 times per month. In order for us to comply with the mandated State and local policies, we need all member’s cooperation as it applies to reservations and face coverings. Please arrive on time for your reservation and know that in some cases we may have to re-seat your table to allow other members access for dinner and to not exceed our 50% capacity. Please wear face coverings at all time with the exception of when you are seated.
Bar seating will be available for cocktails prior to moving to your table, so long as it does not exceed your reservation time. Again access and capacity. We hope you all know that we do all these things and will continue to do so for all of our protection and so that we may continue to serve you throughoutthese unprecedented times.
2020 IFC Captain's Cup Sailfish Tournament Results
January 30, 2020
The Islamorada Fishing Club welcomed 48 anglers fishing on 16 boats for the Islamorada Fishing Club Captain’s Cup Sailfish Tournament.
Northwest winds at 15kts greeted the fisherman with lines in at 8AM. Captain Greg Eklund aboard his charter boat Cloud Nine called in a double header of sailfish at 8:24. Mate Eric Ehlers would get the release on both fish putting the Cloud Nine in first place with two fish. The team would sit on pins and needles throughout the day searching for more sailfish.
Other teams would slowly catch up to them, first Crisdel then Hell Reyzer followed by Remix, Conetagious and Relentless all with two releases. When the committee boat called lines out at 4PM anglers Josh Jackson from Temple, TX along with Cory Nelson and Jake Turek from Islamorada FL, would breathe a sigh of relief as the early morning double landed them in first place on time. Centennial Bank would present the team with beautiful Tim Rahn Photography prints and a check for $16,000.00. Winning Captain Greg Eklund was awarded the Captain’s Cup full of gift certificates from local establishments.
Second Place went to Crisdel with anglers Frank and Tony Criscola from Fairhills, NJ along with Joe Prestiffillpo also from NJ. Captain George Stellar along with mates Brad Goodrich and Jeff Dickman were all awarded Caribee Boat Sales and Yamaha Outboard sponsored second place trophies for the team’s two releases.
Captain Ryan Alexander of the Hell Reyzer took third place with two fish on time. Anglers Victor Paneda, Eric Darvill and Johnny Vilorio along with Mate Cap Hinkley all from Miami would take home the third place awards sponsored by Baker Mitchell Plumbing and Tackle Center of Islamorada.
The Islamorada Fishing Club put on another great event”, stated tournament director Dianne Harbaugh. "The great food and service the club provides makes it a fun place to have a party." In total 17 fish were released in the one day event.
The Islamorada Fishing Clubs Captains Cup Dolphin tournament will be held June 25 2020. More Information can be found on the web site: www.theislamoradafishingclub.com
2019 IFC Captain's Cup Dolphin Tournament Results
Executive Decision wins the 2019 IFC Gold Cup Dolphin Tournament!
Anglers were greeted with beautiful weather on Thursday June 27th for the 20th Annual Islamorada Fishing Clubs Dolphin Tournament.
42 anglers headed out to capture three big dolphin. It would be the largest combined weight of three fish that would be needed to win the tournaments $13,000.00 in prize money. When the scales closed at 5PM all the stories were the same. There were lots of fish out there but no big ones.
It would be Captain Sam Milazzo aboard the Executive Decision that would find the three biggest dolphin, Caribee Boat Sales and Yamaha Outboards sponsored first place trophies would go to Anglers Jill and John Paglia from Duck Key, FL along with Chris Ware from Alva, FL. The team would weigh two fish at exactly 11.7 pounds combined with their third fish of 9.6 for a total of 33.0 pounds to win the $13,000.00 grand prize and beautiful King Sailfish trophies. Captain Sam would take home the Captain's Cup filled with donated gift certificates from many local businesses.
Capt. Roy Lindback of the Charter Boat Tiki out of Caloosa Cove Marina would be close on their heels with a total of 32.2 pounds. Anglers Kevin Liston and Kyle Kotalik from Wellington, FL. along with Roddy Bryson from Davie, FL and Jim Nardy of Lake Worth, FL would weigh fish in at 15.6, 9.5 and 7.1 pounds to take the TD Bank and Woodspring Suites sponsored second place trophies.
Junior angler Reece Gunther fishing with his dad Jason Gunther would land the biggest fish of the tournament a 19.8 pound Dolphin. The team was fishing with angler John Watson from Ft. Lauderdale, FL aboard the Blue Heaven out of Post Card Inn. Captain Skye Stanley also boated two more fish of 5.0 and 4.7 pounds to win his team Tackle Center of Islamorada and Regan Insurance trophies for third place with a total of 29.5 pounds.
"The Islamorada Fishing Club put on an amazing show," stated Tournament Director, Dianne Harbaugh. Angler gifts and ditty bags loaded with swag were handed out on the kick off night. Fantastic appetizers followed by a dinner buffet awaited all the anglers and guests. The awards ceremony on Thursday evening was filled with amazing appetizers followed by a huge surf and turf dinner and finished off with a Key Lime pie. All the anglers and captains are excited and ready to be a part of next year’s event which will be the last Thursday in June.
For more information on the tournament and the Islamorada Fishing Club call the club at 305-664-4735.