I got my first taste of the Cheeca high life about 10 years ago while fishing the Presidential Sailfish tournament that the lodge hosts every year. Our team fished out of Holiday Isle marina with Capt. Butch Green on Sassy Lady. Fishing was good, and the company was even better, and on the first day of fishing, I was sure I was going to win the thing. The 12-pound tourney starts right at 8 a.m. (at least it did back then) and by 9 a.m., I had already caught four and lost one. The bite was on! And then it turned off, at least for us. I don't think we saw another fish after 9 a.m. that first day! However, that didn't stop everyone else from stomping us into the ground during the rest of the tournament. I was fortunate enough to fish the tournament a couple of more times on Sassy Lady, and though I don't remember a win, I sure remember the good times with Green and my wonderful stays at Cheeca Lodge. As of this writing, the 2012 Presidential tournament is just finishing up, and according to tournament director Liz Hill, the anglers enjoyed another successful event. "We had 27 boats and 95 anglers this year, and it seemed the teams were evenly split between Bud N' Mary's, Whale Harbor and Holiday Isle," Hill says. That's another great thing about Cheeca — it sits in close proximity to some of the most famous, and fun, fishing marinas found anywhere. For those not fishing the next day, there's ample opportunity for revelry of all kinds.