The Sailfish Challenge, the third tournament of the four-event Quest for the Crest series, is one of the most anticipated tournaments of its kind found anywhere in the world. Last year, 70 teams with more than 500 anglers turned out to determine the winners in what came down to a final-day shootout.
One of the most popular features of the Sailfish Challenge is its three-inlet format. Teams can fish from Government Cut in Miami, Hillsboro Inlet in Pompano Beach or Lake Worth Inlet in West Palm Beach, Florida. The sailfish bite can turn on anywhere along this stretch of the coast, and this gives participating teams the ability to be right in the action when it does.
The 2017 event was held February 22 to 26, 2017, and featured outstanding weather and strong competition, with 64 boats releasing 219 sailfish during the tournament. Miss Britt, captained by Miami veteran skipper Ray Rosher, led the way with 16 sailfish releases, which was good for first place. Advanced Roofing/Sailsmen took home second place with eight sails, while Crescendo was third, also with eight sailfish releases.