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Sailfishing Heads South for the Final Leg of the Quest for the Crest

February 25, 2013

The best sailfishing teams in the world will head south on March 6th to compete in the Jimmy Johnson National Billfish Championship (JJNBC). With an estimated $500,000 purse on the line, the relaxing enticement of the Keys will be overcome with an intense, competitive fervor. This action packed weekend will be filled with celebrities, kite flying, combative fishing and the honor of winning the title of the most dominant team in competitive sailfishing.

The host of the tournament, Jimmy Johnson, is a Fox NFL sports analyst who coached teams liked the Miami Dolphins, Dallas Cowboys and Miami Hurricanes. Other notable celebrities, like football stars Jason Taylor & Zach Thomas, are expected to be in attendance as well as Hollywood film producer, Jon Landau.

The JJNBC is the third and final leg in the Quest for the Crest Sailfish series. Teams have competed in Operation Sailfish and the Sailfish Challenge in the first two legs of the series. The last leg will determine what team will don the most iconic accolade in competitive sailfishing- the Crest jacket.  With only one leg left, Miss Annie leads the race with 54 points and Get Lit follows with 48 points.  For a complete list of series standings, click here

The jacket isn’t the only award in high demand.  Altier Jewelers has offered an Audemars Piaget Royal Oak Offshore watch to the top overall captain in the series. The watch is worth $25,000! If a large payout, an exclusive jacket, a luxury timepiece and bragging rights aren’t enough, the first place team in this 2-day tournament will earn championship rings from a true champion himself, Jimmy Johnson. 

The JJNBC is not just about fishing. Part of the proceeds from the JJNBC will be donated to charity. The Jimmy Johnson National Billfish Championship benefits the University of Miami’s Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center where one patient in particular, Billy Thies, has been receiving care. Billy, a Junior at Cardinal Gibbons High School, was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma. Billy has been receiving treatment and has high hopes for recovery due in large part to the dedicated efforts of the staff members at UM Sylvester.

The Jimmy Johnson National Billfish Championship will be hosted out of The Big Chill in Key Largo, which is at MM 104. Final registration will take place before the kickoff party on Wednesday, March 6th between 2pm and 6pm. Late registration fee is $4,815 per team. Competition days are Friday, March 8th and Saturday, March 9th. By the evening of March 9th, the most dominant team in competitive sailfishing will be announced.  For more information on the Jimmy Johnson National Billfish Championship visit  or call (954) 725-4010.  

Teams interested in a warm up for the Jimmy Johnson tournament may want to consider the one-day Nova Southeastern Billfish Tournament on March 2nd.  Proceeds from the event will help fund scholarships for students in the NSU Oceanographic Center.

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