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34th Annual Presidential Sailfish Tournament

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In January, hundreds of anglers will descend upon Islamorada, Florida to participate in the 34th Annual Presidential Sailfish Tournament. Also known as the “Sportfishing Capital of the World,” Islamorada is known for its diverse marine life and vibrant culture. There is never a bad time to drop your line in the water here, but some events are more thrilling than others. The Gold Cup Sailfish Championship is one of them.

The Gold Cup Sailfish Championship: Know Before You Go

During the Gold Cup Sailfish Championship, anglers compete in three premier sailfish events held in and around Islamorada. Each tournament boasts its own rules and entry fees, and anglers compete individually for the Championship Ring. As a member of a team, you’ll compete for fantastic cash prizes and the Gold Cup Trophy. Proceeds from the event go toward conservation efforts and the Islamorada Charter Boat Association.

The Presidential Sailfish Tournament is the final Gold Cup event, and it takes place January 19 – 21, 2024. This is among the most prestigious fishing tournaments, dating back to 1990 when former president George H.W. Bush founded it. Since that time, the Presidential Sailfish Tournament has only grown in popularity, attracting anglers from around the world in search of the elusive sailfish.

Sailfishing: What You Need to Know

The sailfish is a predatory fish that belongs to the same family of fish that includes swordfish and marlins and inhabits warm, tropical areas. Lightning-fast swimmers, sailfish are often seen breaching the water and “sailing” across the surface. Sailfish can be caught year-round in the Gulf of Mexico and around the Florida Keys, and the championship is the perfect opportunity to take your skills on the adventure of a lifetime.

About Mangrove Marina

At Mangrove Marina, we offer the perfect home base for all your fishing adventures. Fishing for sailfish is understood to be one of the most exhilarating experiences. The thrill of the hunt, the beauty of the environment, and the crisp fresh air combine to create an almost otherworldly experience. When your day is over, come back to our luxurious resort-like marina.

We have well-appointed houseboats, our Aquavillas, that feature everything you need for a stay of a single night or an entire week of nights. Equipped with a kitchenette, living area, bedrooms, bathrooms, and a deck or patio, each Aquavilla also features wifi and flat-screen TVs to entertain you during your downtime. We’ve got gardens, a heated freshwater pool, Tiki huts, and more all to ensure your comfort and enjoyment while you’re visiting. The tournament is just a short drive from our marina, and we can help supply everything you need with our ship store. Book your sailfish adventure today at

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