Proceeds from Backcountry Fishing Tournament to Benefit Florida Keys Habitat Fund

October 5, 2013 By: Erin Block

The Second Annual Cheeca Lodge All American Backcountry Fishing Tournament will be held at the Cheeca Lodge & Spa in the Florida Keys, November 8-10, 2013. Proceeds will go to benefit the George Hommell Jr. Florida Keys Habitat Fund established by the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust.

Read more in the press release below.

Proceeds from the Second Annual Cheeca Lodge All American Backcountry Fishing Tournament Will Benefit the BTT’s George Hommell Jr. Florida Keys Habitat Fund

ISLAMORADA, FLORIDA KEYS — Discerning anglers from around the world will return to Cheeca Lodge & Spa in the heart of the Florida Keys for the Second Annual Cheeca Lodge All American Backcountry Fishing Tournament, set for November 8-10, 2013.

“The goal of this tournament is three-fold: one, to raise money for the George Hommell Jr. Florida Keys Habitat Fund established by the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust,” said Cheeca Lodge General Manager Herbert Spiegel.  In honor of the late George Hommell, Jr., the Habitat Fund is earmarked specifically for restoring flats habitats of the Florida Keys. “The second is to enhance Cheeca’s position as the premier resort fishing destination in Islamorada.  The third is to make this event the most impressive and celebrated fishing tournament in the Keys,” Spiegel said.

Anglers will compete for trophies and prizes for releasing five different species of fish:  snook, redfish, bonefish, tarpon and permit.   Tackle Divisions include Fly, Artificial and General, and both Individual and Team trophies will be awarded.  Fishing headquarters is World Wide Sportsman, just a half mile from Cheeca.

Major sponsors this year include Wells Fargo, BCF Boom Your Brand and the Monroe County Tourist Development Council, among others.  Proceeds will benefit the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, an organization of concerned anglers and guides who are dedicated to conserving and enhancing global bonefish, tarpon and permit fisheries and their environments through stewardship, research, education and advocacy.

The entry fee is $2,000 per angler and includes entry into all three social events for the angler, a guest and the angler’s guide and his guest.  It also includes a continental breakfast dockside at World Wide Sportsman each morning.

The Cheeca All American will kick off with an elaborate Welcome Reception and Cocktail party on Friday, November 8, 2013.  Fishing hours are from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, November 9 and Sunday, November 10, 2013.

On Saturday, November 9, 2013, tournament participants will attend a spectacular All American Barbecue on Cheeca’s beach.  The event will culminate with a lavish Awards Banquet on Sunday, November 10, 2013.  Awards for Individual Grand Champion, Individual Runner-Up, Grand Champion Team, Runner-Up Grand Champion Team and Champions in the Fly, Artificial and General Tackle Divisions will be presented in the form of 16 exclusive, signature trophies that will put this tournament in a class by itself, Spiegel noted.

Cheeca’s fishing tournament history is impressive.  In addition to the George Bush/Cheeca Lodge Bonefish Tournament held from 1994-2003, Cheeca launched its Presidential Sailfish Tournament in 1989.  That tournament has become the largest, most prestigious offshore tournament of its kind in the Florida Keys.

For more information, tournament brochure and entry forms, please contact Julie Olsen at (305)517-4449 or [email protected]

Cheeca Lodge & Spa
81801 Overseas Highway
Mile Marker 82, Oceanside
Islamorada, FL 33036
Local: 305.664.4651
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