Jimmy Johnson's Tournament to Offer Million-Dollar Prize Purse

The prize purse is the first guaranteed million-dollar payout

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National Billfish Championship teams will target sailfish like this one off the Florida Keys.Courtesy Jimmy Johnson's National Billfish Championship

The world’s most competitive sport-fishing teams will descend upon Key Largo, Florida, March 8-11, 2017, for football coaching legend Jimmy Johnson’s Championship Fishing Week, which culminates in the two-day National Billfish Championship and a $1 million purse at stake. Additional events include a one-day celebrity pro-am and one-day sport-fish championship.

In addition to the cash, teams will also have the opportunity to join Johnson’s Ring of Honor. Each year, he presents the winning team with his famed National Championship ring. “As many of you know, I love a good competition,” says Johnson. “We continue to grow each year and I am thrilled to have our partners at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino join us down in the Keys to help us make this impact on the sport of fishing. We look forward to seeing everyone in March!”

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Jimmy Johnson will also award National Championship rings to the winning team.Courtesy Jimmy Johnson's National Billfish Championship

Jimmy Johnson’s Big Chill Restaurant, located in Key Largo, Florida, hosts the weekend festivities. Guest accommodations will be available at Marriott Key Largo and Ocean Reef Club, among other locations. Kick-off events will take place at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino the week before the event.

“Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino is proud to enter in to this exciting partnership with Jimmy Johnson’s Championship Fishing Week,” says Larry Mullin, COO, Seminole Gaming. “The first ever $1 million guaranteed purse at the National Billfish Championship will elevate the sport-fishing experience by offering a unique opportunity for anglers from all over the world to compete for a share of the historic prize pool. We look forward to collaborating with our friend Jimmy Johnson on this prestigious event and continuing to support the world of sport fishing.”

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Heading into the rising sun for a day of fishing out of Key Largo, Florida.Courtesy Jimmy Johnson's National Billfish Championship
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Jimmy Johnson's Big Chill in Key Largo, Florida, hosts this year's National Billfish Championship.Courtesy Jimmy Johnson's National Billfish Championship
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Winners are presented with the signature champion's rings from Jimmy Johnson.Courtesy Jimmy Johnson's National Billfish Championship
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Sometimes it's all about the food. Jimmy Johnson with a platter of enormous stone crab claws.Courtesy Jimmy Johnson's National Billfish Championship
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A Keys sailfish goes airborne.Courtesy Jimmy Johnson's National Billfish Championship
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Jorge Piedra's Rock Star team won the 2016 National Billfish Championship.Courtesy Jimmy Johnson's National Billfish Championship
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Weez in the Keys finished in second place in 2016 and won the tournament in 2015.Courtesy Jimmy Johnson's National Billfish Championship
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Peter Adrian's 4 Aces placed third in 2016.Courtesy Jimmy Johnson's National Billfish Championship
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Rick Murphy, fishing aboard Contender One, was the event's top angler in 2015.Courtesy Jimmy Johnson's National Billfish Championship