March 17 to November 30 in Key West
Nearly 40 species of fish are targeted during these months, with divisions for men, women, junior anglers (ages 10 to 14) and Pee Wees (under 10 years old). In a March kickoff event, anglers target 15 species and $5,000 in cash prizes is split between the top anglers.
Contact: Rob Harris
The Key West Fishing Tournament (KWFT) is a eight-month-long competition that runs from March through November and is open to the general public. Visiting and resident anglers are encouraged to enter their catches, at no charge, at a tournament weigh station during the eight-month event. All entries receive a certificate noting their catch, and qualify for prizes.
For 2012, we added a *New* “Bonus Species” species to the Kick-Off which was a great success! The “Roll Tide” Sport Fishing Team has jumped in to sponsor the Bonus Species division and will make sure that the minimum payout starts at $250.00! Read the News item in the above link for more details!
All entries entered into the kickoff are also eligible for the General Tournament year as long as they meet the required rules for the General Tournament. Men, women, juniors and “Pee Wees” compete to catch more than 30 species of fish. The junior division is for anglers age 10 to 14, and the Pee Wees are under 10 years old. Tackle classifications range from 8-pound test through unlimited, and spin, plug and fly.
Our goal is to promote sport fishing participation in the Key West by encouraging the release of game fish. We respect and preserve our marine environment and encourage all our visitors to do the same. As a change to the past rules, the KWFT will no longer accept weights for Sharks. Sharks are now (2012 and beyond) a Release Only species.