In this video, Archie Gandionco, Strike-Zone Fishing Guide, explains how to make a Ballyhoo leader and properly rig a Ballyhoo. This includes the supplies you'll need to properly rig a Ballyhoo, the steps to correctly rig them, and how to transport them for your fishing trip.
2019 Florida Fishing Tournaments
“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and he wont stop.” – Every Fisherman Ever
Fish with the best in Florida
Whether you just started fishing or it’s your lifestyle, most can agree that fishing is one of the best outdoor activities out there. Not just because of the excitement you feel when you get that bite, but also because of the community. Fishing isn’t necessarily a solitary activity – half the fun is sharing your triumph with your friends, and for some of us, it’s about competing.
Tournaments are a great way to do exactly that. You get plugged into an awesome community of fishermen, with plenty of variety like inshore and offshore, junior or adult, relaxed or competitive. Northeast Florida has an abundance of tournaments around every corner. Our very own Dave Workman Jr. has competed in over 400 tournaments, winning the coveted Angler of the Year three times, placing him into the S K A Hall of Fame. Your can learn more about Dave and the Strike-Zone team by clicking here.
One important aspect of tournaments is making sure you are well prepared! Be sure to have all of the proper gear you need so you can make sure no fish get away. Check out our store on Beach Blvd or our online shop for all of the top fishing, hunting, and outdoor gear to make sure you are on top of your game! In the meantime, you can engage with the local fishing community by registering in a tournament today.
Here are some upcoming tournaments that we recommend.
Conch House Tournaments –
The Conch House is not only an awesome restaurant with award-winning food – it’s also the host of some great fishing tournaments. Enjoy the food and bar after you reel in your favorite fish at these four competitions located in the beautiful St. Augustine, Florida. Wahoo Challenge – March 14th – 16th. Mahi Madness – April 11th – 13th. Billfish Tournament – May 1st – 4th. Sailfish Cup – October dates to be decided.
Check out the website here: http://conch-house.com/marina/fishing-tournaments/
El Cheapo Sheepshead –
The El Cheapo is a fantastic one day tournament for all ages, making this a great event for fishing families. There will be local food trucks, a raffle for some awesome prizes, and other activities geared towards families. The El Cheapo has four different divisions. First there is the El Cheapo XVIII Division. Second is the Lady Angler Division. Third is the Junior Angler Division. Fourth comes the Kayak Anglers Division. The tournament day is on March 9th.
For more info, check out the website here: https://www.elcheapojax.com/
King Buster –
The King Buster is another great tournament for all ages. The night before the tournament is a kickoff party with raffles and music, a great way to get to know your fishing competitors. Then the Kingfish tournament is off to the races with the General Tournament on June 22, and the Junior Angler Tournament on June 23. Check out the website for the tournament here: http://www.kingbuster.com/
Since publishing this post we received information about a few other tournaments as well. Thanks for sending!
- 4th Annual Rodeheaver Boy’s Ranch Benefit Bass Tournament on March 9, 2019 at Palatka City Docks. Lots of prizes including $7500.00 for first place! Learn more and register at this link http://rbr.org/registration-form-4th-annual-rodeheaver-boys-ranch-benefit-bass-tournament/http://rbr.org/registration-form-4th-annual-rodeheaver-boys-ranch-benefit-bass-tournament/
- Jacksonville Premiere Trout Tournament March 22nd & 23rd. All proceeds going to charity. Kayak and Boat Divisions. Lots of $ prizes. Follow this link for more information: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jacksonville-premier-trout-tournament-2019-tickets-55048381190?aff=ebdssbdestsearch
- North East Florida Marlin Association (NEFMA) Bluewater Tournament in St. Augustine April 25th-28th. Visit this link for registration and details: http://www.nefma.com/index.php
- Amelia Island Annual Redfish Spot Tournament September 7, 2019. This tournament benefits Folds of Honor. For more info and registration visit: https://www.ameliaislandguidesassociation.com/redfish-spot-tournament/
- Flagler 23rd Annual Spring Classic Trout – Redfish – Flounder. April 26 & 27th 2019 benefiting Disable American Veterans. Cash prizes follow this link for details: https://flaglersportfishing.com/
For more information about tournaments both local and across Florida, you can also check out the websites below. They have complete calendars of upcoming events, and some may even be in your backyard!
Jax Fishing Tournament Schedule