Freshwater and Saltwater Fishing Competitions Coming This Year
For Floridians who love the sport of fishing, this year’s slate of tournaments thus far promises to be as competitive and exciting as ever. Below we include some of the biggest tournaments in the state that have already been announced, offering the most prize money and prestige.
If you are interested in participating, or simply want to keep up with the adventure, now is the time to start checking your calendar and making plans for 2022.
2022 XTreme Bass Series and Championship
Statewide divisional competitions January-September 2022
Championship event, November 3-5, 2022
C. Scott Driver Park at Lake Okeechobee
Okeechobee, Florida 34974
The Xtreme Bass Series Championship, the largest grassroots tournament trail in Florida, begins with statewide divisional competitions in January, and culminates its 17th season in Florida with its biggest event of the year: a 12-division circuit competition that boasts nearby events, top payouts, low team entry fee—and the opportunity to compete for a new bass boat package at the end-of-season Championship event November 3-5.
Participation in the November Championship challenge will require participation in one of the 12 competing divisions across the state. Each division will participate in nine events stretching from January through September. Schedules and results for each division will be posted each month. Check tournament rules for fees, scoring rules, pre-registration and other information.
Florida Keys Fishing Tournament Highlights for January Through June 2022
With 27 fishing tournaments set for January through June, there’s really no reason not to join the fun of competitions in the Florida Keys in 2022. Whether you’re in it for fun, fundraising, or cash payoffs, there are events for everyone, including ladies only, novices only, and families. With a different competition almost every week, every weekend is a good weekend in the Keys!
Jimmy Johnson’s “Quest for the Ring” Championship Fishing Week
March 1-5, 2022
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
1 Seminole Way
Davie, Florida 33314
Pro Football Hall of Famer and former pro football coach Jimmy Johnson again presents his popular fishing tournament, joined by the country’s top anglers vying for the largest guaranteed purse in tournament history. Teams in multiple categories will compete for a guaranteed seven-figure prize.
The multi-event schedule includes the Quest for the Ring Championship, Celebrity Pro-Am Championship, JJ SportFish Tournament, and a Tournament of Champions. Fishing locations include Key Largo, Miami Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and Palm Beach. Boat entry starts at $5,000, and anglers on the winning boat will receive custom-designed Jimmy Johnson’s NBC Championship rings. This event benefits the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and other charities.
Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic at Sandestin
June 22-26, 2022
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
9300 Emerald Coast Parkway West
Miramar Beach, Florida 32550
Located in one of the South’s most popular resort destinations, the 20th annual Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic at Sandestin is considered by some to be the standard for world-class Sportfishing tournaments.
The event takes place in one of the hottest fishing waters in the United States and is timed to coincide with the peak of the Gulf Coast’s blue marlin season.
Anglers enjoy the deep blue Gulf of Mexico waters of the Gulf of Mexico, plentiful fish, generous payoffs and onshore attractions. With cash awards surpassing $2 million, this competition has been named one of the top 10 big-money tournaments in the world by Marlin magazine.
Key West Marlin Tournament
July 20-23, 2022
The Key West Marlin Tournament, which coincides with the annual Hemingway Days Celebration, offers $50,000 in guaranteed cash prizes.
The tournament is limited to the first 75 boats that register. The boat entry fee is $2,100 and provides for a captain, a mate, two anglers and four social privileges. Additional social privileges are available for $150. There is no maximum number of anglers per boat, but additional anglers may pay $200 each to fish and enjoy social privileges.
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