In 1986, a group of ten enthusiastic lady anglers organized the Ladies Annual Fish-Off to raise money for a local children’s charity. The first ladies-only saltwater tournament was held at the Sands, and featured 72 boats and 125 anglers. The tournament raised $5,000 in its inaugural year. In its second year, the tournament had 127 boats and 237 anglers. The heaviest fish was a Blue Marlin caught by Kim Burgess, and the tournament netted $10,000. Most recently, 159 anglers fished on 49 boats in the 31st Annual Ladies Fish-Off, and the tournament netted $32,000.
The longevity of the Ladies Annual Fish-Off is a true testament to the fishing community in Southeast Florida. Our lady anglers are family-focused women with a passion for fishing and their community. This tournament is planned and executed 100% by volunteers, and it is amazing what can happen when a community comes together. Since its inception, over $532,000 has been donated to our beneficiaries.
As a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, all the tournament proceeds go directly to The Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Florida and The Billfish Foundation. The Ladies Fish-Off also makes a $1,500 contribution to the NSU Oceanographic Center Fisheries Lab.
SAVE THE DATE for the 32nd Annual Ladies Fish Off ~ June 1-4, 2017
We invite you to join us for another memorable event – whether it’s fishing, volunteering, donating or simply enjoying the fun tournament festivities!
Thursday June 1, 2017 – Kickoff party at Galuppi’s in Pompano Beach 6:00pm – 10:00pm Silent Auction, Registration and Captain’s Meeting.
Saturday June 3, 2017 – Tournament Boat check-out from Port Everglades or Hillsboro Inlet. Weigh-in at Sands Harbor in Pompano Beach 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Sunday, June 4, 2017 – Awards Brunch at J Mark’s in Pompano Beach 9:30am – 12:00pm
For more information about the tournament or for sponsorship and advertising opportunities, please visit the website at www.ladiesfishoff.com or email the Ladies Fish-Off at [email protected].