Message from the GM (June 2020)
As most of you know they will be removing the check points to enter the Keys on June 1st.
At this time we are mandated to seat only 50% occupancy indoors, and maintain a distance of 6' apart outside. With our seating capacity limited, I highly recommend all members make advance reservations and understand that we will try our best to accommodate requested reservation times. These are certainly unprecedented times we are dealing with, and we will come through this stronger and smarter.
Our new parking area is complete and will offer additional convenient parking within walking distance. Board member Allen Wood & Bruce McClenithan have generously donated the construction of a sign frame which should be completed soon.
We will be hosting two very prestigious tournaments this month, "The Gold Cup" Tarpon Tournament & Our own "IFC Captains Cup" Dolphin Tournament that will bring back a bit of much needed normalcy. The staff and I are very thankful for your continued support.
Islamorada Fishing Club
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.