All American Backcountry Fishing Tournament November 12-14, 2015
A Prestigious Event, Drawing Anglers From Around The Globe
The All American Backcountry Fishing Tournament at Cheeca Lodge began November of 2012 in Islamorada. This tournament is predicated by Cheeca’s legendary George Bush/Cheeca Lodge Bonefish Tournament, hosted by President George H.W. Bush from 1994 to 2003.
Now in its fourth year, the Cheeca Lodge All American Backcountry Tournament confirms the resort’s position as the premier sportfishing destination in Islamorada, the “sport fishing capital of the world.” This celebrated fishing tournament brings Cheeca’s singular brand of casual elegance to every aspect, from the trophies to the gift bags to the banquets.
2014 All American Backcountry Fishing Tournament Recap
The 2014 All American was a great success, raising $5,000 for the Guides Trust Foundation, a local group dedicated to helping members of the guiding community in times of need. The Tournament was held November 13-15, 2014. Seventeen anglers fishing on 13 boats caught and released 7 tarpon, 52 snook and 20 redfish for a total of 79 releases. Twenty-three fish were caught on fly tackle, 12 using artificial bait and 44 using general or live bait.
Grand Champion Angler and Guide: John Rix and Capt. Chris Jones
Grand Champion Team: Stu Apte and Art Webb, guided by Capt. Steve Thomas
Runner Up Grand Champion Angler and Guide: Doug Dragoo and Capt. Richard Black
Runner Up Grand Champion Team: Daniel Comrey and Alvin Shell guided by Capt. Mike Makowski
Artificial Division Grand Champion Angler and Guide: Stu Apte and Capt. Steve Thomas
Fly Division Champion Angler and Guide: John Rix and Capt. Chris Jones
General Division Champion and Guide: Jim Bokor and Capt. Frank Ortiz
Most Outstanding Catch Award: Barracuda on Fly caught by Doug Dragoo and Capt. Richard Black
Best Photo Award: Art Webb
Sponsors included Wells Fargo, BCF Boom Your Brand, Abel, Fishpond, TrueFlies, Bluefin, Florida Keys & Key West, Costa, Executive Printers of Florida, Linens & More, Green Turtle Wine & Spirits, Florida Keys Outfitters, and Tommy Bahama.