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2012 Sailfish Challenge - February 25th

February 7, 2012


Sailfish Challenge Kicks Off February 23rd

Over the past few years, the Sailfish Challenge presented by Mercury Marine has produced some of the hottest sailfishing in South Florida. In the last five years, 374 teams combined to release 984 fish in the one-day Challenge. In 2011, the Midnight Blue team was awarded top honors with 9 releases, earning a hefty $69,100 paycheck. Since 2003, the tournament has awarded over $1,000,000 in prize money to teams fishing the Sailfish Challenge.

The Sailfish Challenge has made many significant contributions to charity over the years too. Last year, organizers and fellow construction sponsors of the Sailfish Challenge established a new charitable foundation called Reconstructing Lives – a program geared towards providing construction aid to distressed families inside the construction community in South Florida. “Given our existing ties to the construction industry, this program is perfectly suited for The Sailfish Challenge,” said Jamie Bunn. “We are excited about the impact we will be able to make in the lives of people who really need it over the long term.”  Last year over $8,000 was raised and Reconstructing Lives will again benefit from charitable proceeds raised at this year’s tournament.

The Sailfish Challenge is hosted at the International Game Fish Association Hall of Fame Museum in Fort Lauderdale. This one-day tournament features a unique option to choose from one of three inlets to compete from: Government Cut in Miami Beach, Hillsboro Inlet in Pompano Beach, and Lake Worth Inlet in Palm Beach. This option has made it more convenient for teams to fish from an inlet closer to home. While teams must specify which inlet they are checking out of in advance, they have the freedom to turn their release cards in at any of the three inlets, allowing for maximum fishing time.

The kickoff party and final registration for the Sailfish Challenge is Thursday, February 23th, from 6pm-10pm at the IGFA. Fishing is Saturday, February 25th, with the awards ceremony to be hosted at Blue Moon Fish Company in Lauderdale by the Sea on Sunday, February 26th from 4pm-6pm. The entry fee for the tournament is $695 per team through Feb 14th and includes all anglers.  Late entry after Feb 14th is $895 per team. For more information on the tournament, visit or call (954) 725-4010. Also, if you have a family member or loved one within the construction industry who you would like to be considered for the Reconstructing Lives program, contact the tournament office at (954) 725-4010 for specific instructions on how to submit your formal request for assistance.

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