Thursday – Sunday, May 28 – 31, Lighthouse Point Marina
The Ladies Annual Fish-Off is one of the largest fishing tournaments in South Florida. Exclusively for lady anglers, this year’s event kicked off with record numbers.
We spoke to Ladies Fish-Off volunteer Tessa Cameron at the annual kick-off party Thursday at Galuppi’s in Pompano Beach. Cameron said they already have $25,000 in sponsorship. “Our goal this year is to get to $30,000 because it’s our 30th anniversary,” said Cameron. Meeting that goal will also mean the event has raised a half million for charities in 30 years.
For six years the Ladies Annual Fish-Off has partnered with Ronald McDonald House South Florida and raised money at this event through auctions, sponsorship and the fishing tournament. Brad Ashlin, Owner Operator and Ronald McDonald House Charities South Florida Board of Director, said the event has raised $100,000 in the last five years. Those funds go to Ft. Lauderdale and Miami chapters to help pay for lodging, food and transportation. “We look forward to the years ahead as the Ladies Fish-Off Tournament flourishes and our bond continues to grow,” said Flora Nwalupue, Director of House Operations forÂ Ronald McDonald House Charities South Florida.Â Funds are also donated to The Billfish Foundation (TBF), a non-profit global effort to conserve and enhance the population of billfish.
Fundraising activities include auctions, sponsor level packages and the fishing tournament at the Lighthouse Point Marina. Even the fish that are caught are donated to women in distress and the homeless. Saturday’s tournament includes over 50 boats and women who love to fish, along with their families. While wives and daughters fish, the men will be on board to help out. “It’s a tournament for everyone,” said Cameron.
The ladies who fish the tournament have put some trophy fish on the dock in recent tournaments including a 54-pound Kingfish, 57.7 pound Dolphin and a 77.2 pound Wahoo. The top ten boats and top three lady anglers receive cash and prizes along with the top three largest fish in the five non-billfish categories: blackfin tuna, cobia, dolphin, kingfish and wahoo. The top family, top junior, top captain and top peewee prizes will be awarded at the Sunday brunch at J.Mark’s in Pompano.