Message from the GM (June 2017)

IFC Members,
 
As most of you know June is Tarpon Tournament Season and because of the history of our club, we are Host to many of these prestigious tournaments. We are very proud to host these tournaments and be an integral part of maintaining the history and  integrity of tournaments past.
 
Due to this busy time of year, we wanted to inform you of the upcoming club closures for the month of June. I would like to thank everyone for your understanding during our club closures for these tournaments. Please see the attached calendar and the dates listed below. Please keep in mind that I will also send out reminders and any updates prior to the actual closure.

  • Friday, June 9 - Closed
  • Thursday, June 15 - Closed
  • Wednesday, June 21 - Closed
  • Friday, June 23 - Closed 
  • Wednesday, June 28 - Closed
  • Thursday, June 29 - Closed

This is the time of year, when bonefish, tarpon and dolphin fishing are at their best. Please remember to pull all the way forward when parking at the club, and put you name placard on your dash board.

I would like to encourage all members to make your dinner reservations a minimum of 24 to 48 hours in advance. Members wishing to make arrangements for a private party or special event should contact me @ the club.
 
Sincerely
 
Vinnie Feola
General Manager
Islamorada Fishing Club

Mother's Day Brunch ~ Menu

A message from the GM (May 2017)

A message from the GM (April 2017)

4th Annual BTT Florida Keys Habitat Fundraiser

Please join BTT on March 30th, 2017 for the 4th Annual BTT Florida Keys Habitat Fundraiser at The Islander Resort in Islamorada, FL. The event will benefit the George Hommell Jr. Florida Keys Habitat Fund which supports BTT's work in the Florida Keys.

Enjoy drinks, BBQ, and live music from The Carousers. The evening will also feature a short presentation from Dr. Aaron Adams, Director of Science and Conservation for Bonefish & Tarpon Trust. Make sure to sign up as soon as possible as there are only a limited number of spaces available, and this one of a kind event is sure to fill up very quickly!

BTT is proud to support the Guides Trust Foundation by donating a portion of the proceeds from the evening's silent auction.
 
When and Where:
Thursday, March 30th, 2017 | 6:00 PM
The Islander Resort: Florida Keys Conference Center
82100 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada, FL 33036

Schedule of Events:
6:00 PM Cocktails, Silent Auction, Live Music
7:00 PM Dinner, BTT Keys Update

Event Committee:
Adolphus Busch IV, Steve Friedman, Carmen Perez-Padron, Bert Scherb, Bill Stroh
 
Price:

  • $25 Licensed Guide
  • $75 Single Ticket
  • $140 Couple's Ticket
  • $1,000 Permit Patron- Includes: Name on program and materials, 2 premium event tickets, and a custom BTT soft cooler
  • $2,500 Gray Ghost Sponsor- Includes: Name on event program, 4 premium event tickets, and materials, Custom BTT Temple Fork Mangrove series 8wt fly rod
  • $10,000 Silver King Sponsor- Includes name on program and materials, verbal recognition during program, Orvis Helios 2 fly rod and Mirage Reel, and a prime table of 10 premium event tickets.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

For questions or reservations contact: 
Ashley Siana -- Phone: 610-469-9052 | E-mail: ashley@bonefishtarpontrust.org 

A message from the GM (March 2017)

Valentines Dinner 2017

Islamorada Holiday Parade 2016

Florida Bay Forever will serve as grand marshals on December 2 in the Islamorada Holiday Parade. This year's parade theme is "Rockin’ Around the Florida Bay." Florida Bay Forever is a grass roots registered nonprofit unifying the voice of Monroe County to advocate to preserve the Florida Bay. FBFVR advocates for buying land south of the lake in order to store and clean water that can get to the Bay. 

The parade, part of the Chamber's 12th Annual Islamorada Holiday Festival, will begin at 7 p.m. that Friday evening in Founders Park. Florida Bay Forever will lead participants around a route that circles the park's Great Lawn, giving observers plenty of space and many great vantage points from which to view the action.

Sign-up for the parade remains open. Participants should design their entries in accordance with the "Rockin' Around the Florida Bay" theme. Bands, antique car groups, scout troops, churches, businesses and other organizations or individuals who are interested are encouraged to enter. Judges will select winners in several categories based on creativity and adherence to theme. In addition to the parade, Holiday Festival features visits and photos with Santa, a 30-ton snow mountain, a 35-foot tree blowing magical snow from its branches, the Holiday Gift Bazaar, delicious food and beverages, continuous live holiday stage performances, and returning for a third year, scrumptious desserts and coffee at Santa’s Sweet Shoppe.

To register for the parade, please stop by the Islamorada Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center at the entrance to Founders Park, or call 305-664-4503 and ask for a registration form.

A message from the GM (November 2016)

Dear Members,

As the weather turns chilly up north we welcome back our members to the sunny days and cool nights in Islamorada. I would like to take this time to remind everyone that we strongly Recommend that all members make your dining room reservations 24 to 48 hours in advance, and to notify the club promptly of any cancellations or changes to your reservation. Reservations will be gratefully accepted at the last minute, subject to availability. We also encourage members to reserve your cut for our “Prime Rib Night” every Saturday.

It is especially important when making reservations for your guests/potential members to phone in their reservation, inform the club of your guests first and last names and if they will be paying or signing to your account. This will insure proper credit towards your minimums. Please Be sure to have your name placard on your car dashboard & pull all the way forward while parking.

Sincerely,
Vinnie

A message from the GM (October 2016)

Dear Members,

As most of you know by now, my son Vincent was diagnosed with high functioning autism at the age of 3. Vincent has been the recipient of a scholarship from Island Dolphin Care in Key Largo the past 7 years. 

The Island Dolphin Care scholarship has provided classroom therapy and supervised dolphin swims for 1 week every afternoon for Vincent, now 14 years old. His response to this program is always incredible and very uplifting!!! They are a wonderful not for profit organization run by Deena & Peter Hoagland and an incredibly dedicated staff of therapists, dolphin trainers and interns. On November 19th they are holding their annual fundraiser dinner/auction to raise funds to assist children & families with special needs, and Veterans & Military personnel. 

Your participation would mean a great deal to Vincent, Mia and I. If you would like more information feel free to contact me.

Sincerely,
Vinnie

2016 IFC Snook & Redfish Smack Down

A message from the GM (September 2016)

Chef David Dotero

IFC Chef David DoteroAugust 9, 2016
 
Happy summer everyone! We hope you are enjoying your summer, wherever you may be!  We are happy to announce that we have a new chef, David Dotero, who comes to us from Morada Bay.  David has an exceptional culinary background and a passion for his profession that is reflected in his cuisine and his demeanor.  Please help welcome him on your next visit. We look forward to seeing you at the IFC.
 
Cheryl Culberson
President,  for the IFC Board of Directors

A message from the GM (August 2016)

2016 IFC Snook and Redfish Smack Down

Look for next year’s IFC Snook and Redfish Smack Down coming in October 2016!
Enter the family in the Men’s, Women’s or Junior Divisions!

2016 IFC Gold Cup Sailfish Tournament

Date: January 20 & 21, 2016

Kick-off - January 20, 2016
Fishing - January 21, 2016


The most sailfish caught and released determines the winners!
For more info call: (305) 664-4735
ENTRY FORM (PDF)

CONGRATULATIONS TO TEAM “CONTAGIOUS”

1st Place | 2016 IFC Captains Cup

Captain: Brian Cone

Anglers: Travis Bennett & Don Deleon

Mate: Dan Naumoff



 

A message from the GM (July 2016)

2016 IFC Captains Cup Dolphin Tournament

2016 IFC Captain's Cup Dolphin Tournament

A message from the GM (June 2016)

A message from the GM (May 2016)

IFC STAR WARS THEMED NIGHT

Mother's Day Brunch (May 8, 2016 | 11:00 am - 3:00 pm)

A message from the GM (April 2016)

Dear Members,

Thank you to all our members who came to our annual meeting. All your gracious comments meant a lot to myself and the board as well. I hope you all enjoyed the "Great News" and the wonderful party afterwards.

Every month I receive questions about member billing. We bill your credit card twice a month. On the 1st of the month, which covers all charges from the 15th of the prior month to the end of the prior month, plus dues & any unspent food & beverage minimums due. The 2nd billing is on the 15th of every month which covers all charges from the 1st to the 15th of the current month. If you have any questions regarding your statements and or the billing process, don’t hesitate to call me, I hope this explanation helps.

Spring is in the air & Tarpon abound. We are still experiencing a great season and looking forward to a very busy April & May. Please make any dinner reservations 24 to 48 hours in advance. Please be considerate to your fellow members and make sure to have your parking/name card on your dashboard when you come to the club and park 3 deep pulling all the way forward. If you need a new name tag to put on your dashboard, please see me. Also know that we have overflow parking available north of the club at the Vernis & Bowling Building.

Sincerely,
Vinnie Feola (IFC General Manager)

8th Annual Bob Regan Bloody Mary Fishing Bash

8th Annual Bob Regan Bloody Mary Fishing Bash
Last year’s winners all received a free entry into this year’s event!

  • Most Species - Gene Farrel
  • Least Species - Ron Redding
  • Longest Fish - Poppy Brownlee
  • Shortest Fish - Betty Galardi
  • Most of a Species - Miriam Marin & Ted Parker
  • Most Unusual - Yolanda Marin & Cathy Roth
  • Longest Fish Junior - Aiden Bronis & Galan
  • Hardluck Tie - N/A
  • Honorable Mention - N/A

Please register early, bring your friends and have a Bloody Mary on IFC.
Download the Bob Regan Bloody Mary Fishing Bash Entry Form (PDF)
 

Easter Buffet Brunch (March 27, 2016 | 12:00 - 4:00 pm)

IFC Easter 2016

Presentation on Impending Crisis and Collapse of Florida Bay

Fellow Islamorada Fishing Club Members & Friends,

I am not sure if you are aware of the horrific disaster occurring throughout Florida’s Coastal areas since the polluted waters of Lake Okeechobee have been released into the Caloosahatchee and St Lucie Rivers. Florida Bay and the Everglades ecosystems are also on the verge of collapse and the reality needs to be urgently addressed.

I hope you will join us and learn what is happening and how you can help before it is too late.

Islamorada Fishing Club
Wednesday, March 30
5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Presentation on Impending Crisis and Collapse of Florida Bay
for Islamorada Fishing Club Membership and Friends

  1. Introduction of panel by Sandy Moret
  2. Overview of the science, causes and solutions by Eric Eikenberg & Dr Steve Davis of the Everglades Foundation
  3. Political realities and shrinking window of opportunity to repair by Michael Connor, & Michael Donovan of Bullsugar

Best,
Sandy Moret
Florida Keys Outfitters
Restore America's Everglades,
Water supply for nearly 8 million Floridians

A message from the GM (March 2016)

Dear Members,

Thank you to all equity members who voted in this past election. We have some new board members and we welcome them to the IFC Board of Directors.
I would like to take this opportunity to invite All members to our annual Board of Directors Meeting on March 17th at 5pm This is an opportunity to meet your newly appointed officers, here the status of the club & have a brief overview of the past year.
Immediately following our annual meeting there will be a member appreciation party. This will be a members only event.
Now that it is high season, I would like to encourage all members to make your Dinner reservations at least 24 to 48 hours in advance. Please remember that we have limited window tables available & they are filled on a first come first serve basis. With our incredibly gorgeous weather, I encourage you to try our outdoor patio. We will gratefully accept last minute reservations with time and space availability being considered.
Please be considerate to your fellow members & make sure to have your parking/name card on your dashboard when you come to the club and park 3 deep pulling all the way forward. If you need a new name tag to put on your dashboard, please see me.
We also have over flow parking north of the club at the Vernis & Bowling Building.

Sincerely,
Vinnie Feola (IFC General Manager)

IFC closed for lunch 3-22-2016

Member Appreciation Party (March 17, 2016 | 6:30 pm)

IFC closed for lunch 2-24-2016

A message from the GM (February 2016)

Dear Members,

Season is in full swing in Islamorada & here at the Club as well.  I would like to encourage all members to make your Dinner reservations a minimum of 24 hours in advance.  We will gratefully accept last minute reservations with time and space availability being considered. Members wishing to make arrangements for a private party or special event should contact me at the Club.  Please be considerate to your fellow members & make sure to have your parking/name card on your dashboard when you come to the club and park 3 deep pulling all the way forward.

Sincerely,
Vinnie

Valentine's Day 2016

Sunday, February 14

{Appetizers}

  • Oysters Ragu
  • Braised Short Rib, Creamy Polenta

{Soup / Salad}

  • Sweet Potato, Carrot, Ginger Bisque
  • Organic Baby Greens, Blueberries, Hearts of Palm, Brie Cheese, Roasted Tomato Vinaigrette

{Entrées}

  • Pan Seared Hogfish, Mushroom Duxelle Basil Champagne Sauce, Ratatouille Risotto, Green Beans

  • Twin Tournedos, Sauce Perigueux, Roasted Fingerling Potato, Green Beans

  • Seafood Valentine, Clams, Shrimp, Yellowtail, in a Creamy Lobster Sauce over Angel Hair Pasta

{Dessert}

  • Chocolate Genoise Double Mousse
$51.95​ per person

* Plus Tax & Gratuity
Beverages not included

* Regular dinner menu not available this night

News Archive

Coastal Conservation Assoc. Banquet & Auction (2/18/16)

IFC Gold Cup Sailfish Tournament (January 21, 2016)

$25,000.00 in cash plus prizes were awarded to Team One Up of Miami, winners of the 2016 Islamorada Fishing Clubs January Sailfish Tournament on January 21st with a field of 19 boats.  “We were very happy with the attendance this year. There were 84 sailfish released in this one day event.”  The awards that were presented was original Art by Jim Macmullen of Jimmy Mac Designs Winning trophies were presented to Anglers Rudy Espinosa SR, IFC member Doug Mientkiewicz, & Michelle Beltran with 8 releases on Time.  

Congratulations Art Fienberg! January’s Outstanding Catch: 36” 19 lb. Snook on 25 lb. Test. Art Was Fishing On The Tranquilizer V.

One Up Captain JC Cleare & His Mate Ryan were also awarded custom original trophies & a check for $25,000.00. Team One Up was also the winner of the 2016 Gold Cup Series with a combined 23 sailfish released on time. Last Dance fought their way into second place securing their spot also with 8 releases.  Anglers IFC Member Eric Akins, Robert Helms & Matt Mclean were given 2nd Place Trophies.  IFC Member Captain Robert Collins & mate Brandon took home trophies as well.

Captain Travis Dickens with Mate Mike on The Indigenious released 7 sailfish on time to take home third place honors. Once again original art was presented to anglers Annie Corbeel, Wade Stafford & Phillip Brian. “The Islamorada Fishing Club outdid themselves this time. I would like to commend the entire staff for a job well done. Our anglers loved the food, drink and good time we had.  The next tournament in the fishing club’s series is the June Dolphin Tournament.

For more information on the Islamorada Fishing Club visit us online at: www.theislamoradafishingclub.com.

2016 IFC Gold Cup Sailfish Tournament

Date: January 20 & 21, 2016

Kick-off - January 20, 2016
Fishing - January 21, 2016


The most sailfish caught and released determines the winners!
For more info call: (305) 664-4735
ENTRY FORM (PDF)

$25,000.00 Winner Take All

Attention Captains, Anglers & Mates, Don’t miss your chance to win up to $25,000.00 in prize money!

The Islamorada Fishing Clubs Sailfish Tournament kicks off on January 20th with fishing on January 21st. This is the final leg of the Gold Cup series and space is filling rapidly. So grab your fishing buddy and sign up today.

This one day all release sailfish tournament is limited to 30 boats. With a full field the prize money may be increased to $30,000.00. The tournament entry fee is $2,500.00 and $250.00 for a 3rd angler and includes 3 social ckets for each night.

Don’t miss out! Call the Club to enter today!

For more info call: (305) 664-4735
ENTRY FORM (PDF)

IFC closed for lunch 2-3-2016

2016! A New Year Message

I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.

So that's my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody's ever made before. Don't freeze, don't stop, don't worry that it isn't good enough, or it isn't perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

Whatever it is you're scared of doing, Do it. Make your mistakes, next year and forever.

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Dear Members,

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season!!! Now that season is here and with the Holidays behind us, we can all look forward to a Healthy, Happy and Prosperous New Year. The Staff and I would like to take this opportunity to thank the many members for their generous contributions to our Christmas Bonus Pool. Your generosity is deeply appreciated. It has been our pleasure to have served you this past year.

Sincerely,

Vinnie, Jeff, Chef Joseph, Sandy E, Connie, Annie, Lori, Sandy G, Jennifer, Lilly, Manes, Charlie, Anna & Madison

New Year’s Eve 2015

{Appetizers: Choice of One}

  • Oyster Rockefeller
  • Classic Shrimp Cocktail
  • Soup or Salad

{Entrée: Choice of One}

  • Rack of Lamb
  • Shrimp & Scallop Filled Hogfish
  • Filet Mignon

{Dessert: Choice of One}

  • Triple Chocolate Marquis
  • Three Berry Tart
$60.00 per person
 

* Does not include Tax and Gratuity
Please call for reservations

IFC Food Drive 2015

TIS THE SEASON FOR SHARING AND GIVING!

THE ISLAMORADA FISHING CLUB is having a
Food Drive To Benefit The Islamorada Baptist Church.

ANY CANNED OR BOXED ITEM WILL BE ACCEPTED
Let’s all try to make some Family’s Christmas Plentiful!

Directors Holiday Ugly Sweater Party

Date: December 9, 2015

A message from the President (December 2015)

Dear Fellow Members and Friends,

The Holiday Season is here again and part of the tradition of our great Club is to show our trusted employees our appreciation by contributing toward the Holiday bonus pool.

In this edition of Shortcast, you will find an enclosed bonus slip that allows you to show your appreciation to our 14 hard working employees. We will also have slips available in the Club. Your generosity means a great deal to our employees. Quite often it is your generous gesture that makes all the difference for the employees and their families during the Holidays. Please take a moment to fill out the bonus slip with your contribution, or, just simply e-mail the Club at vinnie@theislamoradafishingclub.com and we will debit your account. Thank you all for being so generous to our employees. They appreciate it! I wish you and yours a happy, safe and healthy holiday.

Best regards, Cheryl Culberson (IFC President)

Mariners Luncheon

Date: Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Closed / Lunch Only
 

A message from the GM (November 2015)

The Holidays are right around the corner. We will be open this Thanksgiving 2015 with a bounty of delectable offerings from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm so please call us with your reservation. Don’t forget The Islamorada Fishing Club for your holiday party Please contact us to reserve your date and time for your family or company event.

Sincerely, Vinnie Feola (IFC General Manager)

2015 Thanksgiving Buffet

Date: November 26, 2015
Time: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
 
  • Roasted Turkey with Pan Dripping Gravy
  • Spiral Ham
  • Roast Prime Rib of Beef
  • Mixed Green Salad
  • Zucchini & Spinach Gateau
  • Honey Glazed Baby Carrots
  • Apple Sausage Stuffing
  • Sweet Potato Casserole
  • Cranberry Corn Bread
  • Orange Cranberry Sauce
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Desserts
  • Pumpkin Cheesecake, Chocolate Pecan Pie,
  • Dutch Apple Pie
  • Coffee & Tea
$29.75
 

* Does not include Tax and Service Charge Beverages not included
Please call for reservations

IFC Board Meeting

Date: Thursday, November 19, 2015
 

Book Signing - Member, Bob Rich

"LOOKING THROUGH THE WATER"
A Novel by IFC Member Bob Rich


Date: Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Time: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Come get a Signed copy and talk with the Author. Bob will be signing his latest book from 5:30 to 7:30 Wednesday 11/18. The proceeds from the sale of the book will benefit Project Healing Waters that supports veterans on their journey to physical, emotional and spiritual Health.

IFC Calendar - November 2015

2015 IFC Snook and Redfish Smack Down

Even though it was a blustery day, this year’s IFC Snook and Redfish Smack Down had some great anglers and some great fishing! 

Rob Preihs won overall Most Smack Downs with 13 combos of reds and snook! He also took home Most Snook Men at 13 and Most Reds Men with 16 fish.

Linda Denkert won Most Snook Women with 8 and Most Reds Women with one red and that was on time. Completing the awards roster is Asher Cockerham with Most Snook Junior Division releasing 7 nice snook. Everyone enjoyed Chef Joseph’s wonderful barbeque and ribs after a long day of fishing.

Look for next year’s IFC Snook and Redfish Smack Down coming in October 2016! Enter the family in the Men’s, Women’s or Junior Divisions!

IFC January 2015 Sailfish Tournament

2014 IFC Smack Down

Islamorada Fishing Club's 1st annual Smack Down Tournament was a great success and a lot of fun was had by all. 

Congratulations to Mike Venezia - Most Smack Downs, Rick Moeller - Most Snook, and Chelsea Moeller - Most Snook & Redfish Womens division.








 

Islamorada Fishing Club’s January Sailfish Tournament - January 23, 2014

$25,000.00 in cash plus prizes were awarded to Team Swagger of Islamorada, winners of the Islamorada Fishing Club’s January Sailfish Tournament on January 23rd with a field of 20 boats. “We were very happy with the attendance this year. There were 64 sailfish released in this one day event.” The awards that were presented were original wood boxes topped with a sailfish by Doug Berry.

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Grassroots Alert!

COURT UPHOLDS FLORIDA'S NET BAN

Today, Florida's First District Court of Appeal issued an opinion upholding the net ban amendment...again.  CCA Florida once again led the charge to support the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) regulations implementing the Constitutional Amendment that was passed by 72% of the voters in 1994. 

The same small group of commercial gill netters that have filed one lawsuit after another were rebuffed in the appellate court after finding a sympathetic judge at the circuit court level.  The three judge appellate panel held that the trial judge, "...erred in determining [the netters] claims were not barred by [past legal precedent]".  They also held that the judge was wrong to allow the gill net season to open while the case was pending in the appellate courts. "This is a big win for all recreational anglers and CCA Florida will continue to be the outspoken advocate and protector of the Constitutional Amendment which has protected Florida's marine fisheries and the multibillion dollar economic value of fisheries to Florida's economy," said CCA Florida Chairman, Fred Crabill.

Last October, Florida waters were again open to the slaughter of illegal gill nets for six days, reminiscent of pre 1994 Florida where use of these nets devastated our near shore and inshore waters crushing recreational fishing for Redfish, Trout, Snook and other fishes.  The net ban has had dramatic effect on bringing bait back to our near shore waters, with the resulting increase in catches of pelagics like sailfish and cobia along the coast.

But, the fight may not be over.  It will be up to the netters whether or not to file an appeal at the next level, the Florida Supreme Court.  While legal scholars doubt the success of such an appeal given the reasoning by the First District Court of Appeals, stranger things have happened in the courts where gill nets are concerned.  After all, no one dreamed that the same gill net interests that have pushed this fight for twenty (20) years would find a willing judge last year

Read More: http://ccaflorida.org/