Our Tournament

2019 will mark the tournament’s 42nd anniversary.

The Ladies Tarpon Fly Tournament represents a rich history of women who love the sport of salt water fly fishing. Since 1977, female anglers have come from all over the world to fish for tarpon in the shallow waters off Islamorada and Florida Bay during their famous migration. The Ladies Tarpon Fly Tournament is a fly fishing invitational tournament that has attracted a host of premier female fly anglers and guides throughout its history. Whether your favorite species is tarpon or you are looking to put another feather in your cap, the tournament participants range from the expert to the novice. 2019 will mark the tournament’s 42nd anniversary. The tournament will be held June 11-13, with a kickoff event the evening of the 10th. Entry fee of $850.00 includes, for you and your guide, the kick off event, daily breakfasts, afternoon hor d’oeuvres, a social event and awards banquet. Awards will be given for various categories including Grand Champion and Best New Angler and will consist of artwork by notable wildlife artists, as well as well as the latest fishing tackle and gear from the best brands in the industry. The angler is responsible for paying her guide. This is a competition that connects women in the sport, forms new friendships and creates lasting memories all while pursuing one of the world’s greatest fighting fish – the silver king!

Space is limited and this tournament will be full. If you are interested in a fun, challenging tournament in the beautiful Florida Keys, please complete the form on our contact page.

2019 Schedule of Events

MONDAY, JUNE 10

6:00 PMTournament KickoffGreen Turtle
Hors d’oeuvres/Cash Bar
6:30 PMPre-tournament briefing for anglers and guides

TUESDAY, JUNE 11

5:15 AMHot Breakfast Buffet Lorelei
6:00 AM Team 1 Departure, Lines In
6:15 AMTeam 2 Departure, Lines In
6:17 AMTeam 3 Departure, Lines In
3:00 PMLines Out

Islamorada Fishing Club -
Hors d’Oeuvres/Cash Bar
5:00 PMAll Boats MUST BE IN

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12

5:15 AMHot Breakfast Buffet Lorelei
6:00 AM Team 2 Departure, Lines In
6:15 AMTeam 3 Departure, Lines In
6:17 AMTeam 1 Departure, Lines In
3:00 PMLines Out

Islamorada Fishing Club -
Hors d’Oeuvres/Cash Bar
5:00 PMAll Boats MUST BE IN
5:00 PMAnglers Meeting Islamorada Fishing Club
6:30 PMPig Roast Social Event/Cash Bar Angler’s House Marina

THURSDAY, JUNE 13

5:15 AMHot Breakfast Buffet Lorelei
6:00 AM Team 3 Departure, Lines In
6:15 AMTeam 1 Departure, Lines In
6:17 AMTeam 2 Departure, Lines In
3:00 PMLines Out

Islamorada Fishing Club -
Hors d’Oeuvres/Cash Bar
5:00 PMAll Boats MUST BE IN
6:30 PMDinner and Awards Presentation Islamorada Fishing Club

Tournament Venues

Islamorada, FL

Islamorada is a true village with a laid back and relaxed atmosphere.

Uber is available in Islamorada.
Freebee is another transportation option for quick hops around town.

A hot breakfast buffet is available each morning for anglers and guides at the Lorelei starting at 5am.
Square Grouper | Great new dinner spot in Islamorada and sponsor of The Ladies Tarpon Fly Tournament!
Green Turtle Restaurant | One of the best dinner options in Islamorada and a key sponsor of the Ladies Tarpon Fly Tournament!
Trading Post of Islamorada | Great option for snacks/boat sandwiches.
Bayside Gourmet | Great option for snack/boat sandwiches. Pizza and pasta. Delivery after
5pm.
Keys Roots Juice | For your fresh pressed juice fix!
Stone Oven Pizzeria | Pizza and sandwiches delivered!
Lazy Days | An Islamorada icon. Reservations recommended.
Morada Bay | Best sunset in town. Dining on the beach. Reservations recommended.
Publix | Islamorada has a Publix!!!!

2019 Tournament Rules

RULES

  1. No rule changes will be made at the kickoff.
  2. All rule changes will be considered at the rules meeting.

TERRITORY, START AND TIME

  1. All team entries are by invitation only.
  2. OFFICIAL HEADQUARTERS: Islamorada Fishing Club (IFC)
  3. Angler will sign her own name on ‘Start Ledger’ at the Lorelei each morning.
  4. All boats must depart from and return to Lorelei. No trailering to different launch sites is permitted.
  5. Departures will be staggered by teams. First team will leave at 6:00 AM, second team at 6:15 AM, third team at 6:17 AM. Fishing may begin immediately.
  6. Guides are advised that if it appears too dark to leave, they are responsible for the safety of their anglers, themselves and equipment. Any boat without running lights may not depart the dock until 6:15 AM. Running lights must remain on until 6:15am whether running or stationary.
  7. Lines out at 3:00 PM. Any fish hooked prior to lines out may be fought until released or lost. Any boat fishing after lines out time must notify the Chairman and/or the scorekeeper. A relay message through another person is acceptable.
  8. In the case of mechanical breakdown or other unforeseen ‘unusual incident.’ Contact Shandra Rummel 417-234-4851.
  9. All boats MUST check in at IFC with the scorekeeper by 5:00 PM each day.
  10. Inclement weather – start time on any day may be delayed by the chairwoman/guides committee in the event of imminent or dangerous weather. In the event of severe weather, i.e. tropical storm, the tournament committee may shorten the number of tournament fishing days.

MEASURING AND SCORING

  1. The Tournament Grand Champion shall be the angler who accumulates the most points during the three days of fishing. In addition, the Tournament may also recognize point totals or fish caught by other finishers in individual awards.
  2. For the purposes of measuring and scoring, the Tournament shall issue to each angler and guide a measuring packet including: a four foot stick, a measuring tape, five zip-tie “straps”, a roll of sticky tape, and three daily catch and release forms. The angler or guide shall provide a digital camera.
  3. Fish may be submitted for points as a Release Fish, a Caught Fish, or as a Weight Fish. An angler may submit no more than five Weight Fish for scoring during the tournament. There is no limit to the number of Release Fish allowed. There is no limit to the number of Caught Fish allowed.
  4. “Release Fish” points are earned when the nail knot, at the junction of the fly line and the leader, is reeled through the top guide of the angler’s fly rod. The boat does not have to be in neutral throughout the release process. Release Fish MUST exceed the four foot length minimum. At this point, the fish can be broken off, or fought to the boat to be submitted as a Caught Fish or a Weight Fish. A Release Fish is worth 200 points. A fish may NOT count as both a Release Fish and a Caught Fish.
  5. After completing the Release Fish point procedure, the angler and guide may then decide to score the fish as a Caught Fish or Weight Fish. Their decision is to be made based on judging the size of the fish in the water. It is considered unsportsmanlike for an angler or guide to partially lift a fish from the water to estimate weight. There is no use of measuring tape to approximate the weight of the fish prior to committing a strap to that fish.
  6. “Caught Fish” points are earned when the angler fights the fish to the boat and the guide disengages the hook. Caught Fish MUST exceed the four foot length minimum. The provided measuring stick can be used to assist both the guide and angler with judging the fish’s length. The length is verified with the four foot stick as measured along the lateral line from the tip of the lower jaw to the tip of the tail. A Caught Fish is worth 300 points.
  7. “Weight Fish” points are earned after the angler and guide complete the following procedure:
    1. Using the measuring tape provided, the length of the fish shall be measured along its lateral line in inches from the tip of the lower jaw to the center of the fork of the tail with such length recorded on the catch and release form.
    2. The girth shall be measured using a zip tie “strap” which shall be placed around the widest part of the fish, perpendicular to the lateral line, and closed snugly.
    3. The angler or guide must then take a digital photograph of the fish showing as much of the fish as possible with the strap on the fish.
    4. The strap should then be slipped off of the fish and secured with the sticky tape.
  8. If for any reason the Weight Fish scoring procedure is not completed, but the Release Fish point procedure is completed, then the angler is still entitled to release points for successfully releasing the fish.
  9. The official weight of a Weight Fish shall be calculated by the tournament
    scorekeeper. The strap shall be marked, cut, and the strap length (girth) measured in inches. The weight shall be determined to the nearest tenth of a pound using the following formula: (length x girth x girth)/800. A Weight Fish is worth the calculated weight X10. Weight Fish measured and scored less than 70lbs shall not be awarded any release or weight points, and that fish shall be counted towards the angler’s five Weight Fish limit.A Scoring example:
    – An angler submits two release fish for the first day earning 400 points for day one.
    – On the second day, the angler submits two weight fish with the following measurements:
    62”long/30.5” girth (62 X 30.5 X 30.5)/800 = 72.1
    58.5”long/30”girth (58.5 X 30 X3 0)/800 = 65.81
    The second fish does not count as a Weight Fish or a Release Fish because it weighs less than 70lbs.
    – On the third day, the angler submits a Release Fish and a Caught Fish earning 500 points for day three.
    – The angler’s total tournament score is 1621 points.
  10. At the conclusion of each fishing day, the Angler and Guide must submit a signed catch and release form to the Tournament scorekeeper whether or not any fish have been caught. The catch and release form shall include times for catch and release of all fish, plus measurements of each Weight Fish. Any angler submitting Weight Fish must turn in the sized and taped strap. Strap photos for each fish Weight Fish must be shown to the scorekeeper. These items must be turned in by 5:00pm, or the angler will not be allowed any points from fish that day. The Tournament may waive the 5:00pm rule for boat breakdowns or unusual circumstances.
  11. The Tournament operates on the honor system, and as such, relies on the integrity of its participants to guard its reputation as one of the premier fly fishing tournaments in salt water.

PENALTIES

  1. Failure to sign in before departure will result in a 100-point penalty which shall be strictly enforced.
  2. Failure to turn in score sheet by 5:00 PM each day will result in a 100-point penalty for each infraction which shall be strictly enforced.
  3. The Tournament operates on the honor system, and as such, relies on the integrity of its participants to guard its reputation as one of the premier fly fishing tournament in salt water. Any Angler or Guide found to have knowingly or willfully violated this, or another tournament’s rules, may not be issued an invitation.

TACKLE SPECIFICATIONS

  1. Only one-handed rods and single action reels, designed specifically for fly casting, will be eligible. The butt may not extend more than 4 inches below the reel seat. The rod may not be altered after the fish is hooked.
  2. All leaders must meet IGFA standards. Tippet will be 16 pound Mason provided by the tournament.
  3. Only artificial lures may be used. Lures must be of single hook construction only and hook must not exceed 2-3/4 inches overall.
  4. Leaders may not exceed 15 feet in length and must contain not less than 15 inches of Tournament approved tippet material between the knots. A shock tippet may be of nonmetallic or metallic material, may not exceed 12 inches including the knots, and must be tied directly to the Tournament approved tippet.
  5. A release gaff may be used and must be no more than two feet long with ropes or straps not to exceed 12 inches. Fish may be lip gaffed only.

GENERAL RULES

  1. All team entries are by invitation only.
  2. Only fly casting will be permitted.
  3. Angler, unaided, must cast, set the hook, fight and bring the fish to where the leader/hook can be taken. Any other person touching the reel, rod or line will automatically disqualify the entry. At no time during the tournament can a guide cast or retrieve.
  4. Handling a fish unnecessarily will disqualify entry.
  5. A broken rod, above the reel seat, will not disqualify entry.
  6. Trolling and chumming are not permitted. Casting in the chum line of another boat is not permitted. Fishing in residential canals and/or behind homes or at marinas for “pet” tarpon is not permitted.
  7. All entries must be approved by the tournament committee.
  8. The tournament committee reserves the right to inspect tackle and test lines at any time. Committee decisions shall be final.
  9. Each angler shall be accompanied by a non-relative fishing guide for hire, registered by the U. S. Coast Guard. Guide shall have all necessary permits/licenses including Everglades National Park Permit if guide enters this area at any time to fish. Should guide not be able to show the required documentation, angler’s catch will not be valid.
  10. Guides must supply tournament with Certificate of Insurance.
  11. All IGFA, FFW, Federal and State of Florida rules and regulations will be followed except where tournament rules supersede them. It is the responsibility of each angler and guide to know these rules.
  12. Any fish under 4 feet in length is not eligible for a release. A tarpon gauge will be provided for each angler. These must be returned.
  13. No ladder or heightening device which extends more than 4 feet above the gunwale of the boat is allowed.
  14. Both angler and guide must remain in the boat during the fight and release of a fish unless accidentally pulled overboard by the tarpon. No assistance may be given to the angler, other than by the guide who handles the boat and releases the fish.
  15.  The length of the skiff may be not more than 20 feet.
  16. All grievances must be submitted in writing to the official scorekeeper(s) by 5:00 PM on the same day as the alleged infraction. GRIEVANCES MUST BE SIGNED.
  17. In the case of a tie, the last scoring event occurring first shall be judged winner.
  18. Under extraordinary circumstances a tournament boat may have one non-assisting passenger a board, subject to prior permission of the chairwoman is required.
  19. All recognized courtesies and sportsmanship between teams must be observed at all times.
  20. The policy of the tournament is that the first skiff to reach a spot is entitled to fish there. The guides committee strongly recommends strict observation of all recognized courtesies and sporting practices between skiffs. This includes giving way and sufficient room to other boats in an area that typically accommodates more than one skiff under normal fishing conditions. Understanding that the Florida Keys waters are fished by many skiffs each day, it is considered unsportsmanlike and a rules violation to have a spot “saved” by another boat.
  21. There will be no fishing or staking above the “pocket” of Buchanan Bank.
  22. No angler or guide may scout for fish using aircraft during the period from the beginning of fishing on the first day until the end of fishing on the last day.
  23. No cell phone use by Angler or Guide to gather or share fishing information during lines-in hours.

Sponsors

The tournament is so fortunate to feature Florida Keys Outfitters as our title sponsor. Visit
floridakeysoutfitters.com for all of your fly fishing needs.

Please support all of our generous sponsors.

Special Thanks

Unforgettable moments deserve special commemoration!

A heartfelt special thank you to all of our exceptionally talented artists! The Ladies Tarpon Fly Tournament is proud to feature such amazing and unique artwork as prizes for our anglers and guides. Please support our generous friends!

Tournament Registration

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  • Deposit of $425.00 due by December 15, 2019 to secure your spot. Balance of $425.00 due by February 1, 2020.
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