Islamorada Sailfish Tournament Celebrates 50 Years

Tournament kicks off for the 50th time on Dec. 5.

IST 50 Years

IST 50 Years

Dave Ferrell

Starting on Dec. 5, the Islamorada Sailfish Tournament, which is also the first leg of the renowned triple-crown Florida Keys Gold Cup Sailfish Championship series, kicks off for the 50th time. The rules of this prestigious event place a strong emphasis on conservation and sportsmanship, and it is the only event in the triple-crown series that offers a junior division. In addition, the event is the main fundraiser for the Islamorada Charter Boat Association.

Registration for the all-release boat event begins at 5 p.m. on Dec. 5 in the main dining room at Whale Harbor Inn. After registration, tournament attendees are invited to an all-you-can-eat seafood buffet followed by a rules meeting.

The fishing schedule for the event is: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 6 and 7, and 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 8.

There will also be a weigh-in at Whale Harbor Marina for the fun fish categories that will close on Dec. 6 and 7 at 6 p.m. and Dec. 8 at 4:30 p.m.

After the first day of fishing, a 50th anniversary party will be held from
 6 to 9 p.m. at Bud N’ Mary’s Marina.

For full tournament information and live results, visit