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Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament

From 07/17/2017 to 07/22/2017

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“The World’s Greatest Kingfish Tournament. It’s true competition in its purest form. It doesn’t matter how big your boat is or how much it costs. There are no secret weapons. There is only good solid preparation and the luck of the draw.” ~Rick Ryals

Professional and amatuer anglers and those looking for a fun, family way to spend a week gather in July at Jim King Park & Boat Ramp at Sister Creek for one of the largest kingfish tournament in the Southeast.

In 1980, a small group of local businessmen wanted to organize a fishing tournament, similar to those in which they had participated in other coastal areas. They thought Jacksonville was an ideal location for such an endeavor and plans were made to launch the First Annual Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament, held in July of 1981. Jacksonville Marine Charities, Inc., a 501c(3) nonprofit organization, evolved through the success of the GJKT and utilizes its proceeds to support marine science research, preservation, and education.

The 37th Annual Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament takes place July 17 – 22, 2017 at Jim King Park & Boat Ramp at Sister Creek. The annual event is a long-standing tradition for residents of the Jacksonville area. Up to 300 boats fish the weeklong event for thousands of dollars in prizes. Annually, the Tournament attracts thousands of spectators who watch the weigh-in and enjoy the festivities. Favorite attractions include the Food Festival; the Liars' Tent, featuring live entertainment; exhibitors , boat display and the Boatique.

The Junior Angler Tournament, was established in 1991 with a $10 entry fee, which has not increased to this day. This event is specially designed to accommodate the future anglers under the age of 16 years. Good sportsmanship, conservation awareness, and enjoyment of fishing experiences are the high point of this exciting family event. A partnership was established with Fish Florida in 2007, which further expanded the Junior Angler program with the introduction of Junior Angler seminars during Tournament Week. No boat to fish from? There is a Jr. Angler Dock Tournament for those youth, fished from the floating docks right at the site.

Jim King Park & Boat Ramp at Sisters Creek 8203 Heckscher Drive, 32226 Jacksonville Florida United States

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General Tournament Captain’s Meeting:  Wednesday, July 19, 6:30 PM Liars’ Tent

Redfish Tournament Captain's Meeting: TBD

 

Awards Ceremony – Saturday, July 22, Begining at 4:30 PM
in the Liars’ Tent

      Immediately after awards live entertainment

                                           

General Tournament Registration Fee: 

 

November 12016 – January 25, 2017  $275.00

       January 26th – June 30th $325.00   

July 1st  $375.00

 

Registration closes at 8:00 PM on Wednesday, July 19 OR when

500 boats are registered, whichever comes first.

 

SCHEDULE:

WEDNESDAY, JULY 12

7:00 AM                                Media Day

11:30-1:30                              'Down At The Dock' Fishing Derby in partnership

                                             with the Down Syndrome Association of Jacksonville

FRIDAY, JULY 14                Redfish Tournament Captain's Meeting

7:00 PM                                 Redfish Captain's meeting at site

SATURDAY, JULY 15

6:30 AM                                  Redfish Fishing starts at safe light

9:00 AM                                  Weigh in opens

2:00                                        Redfish end of fishing; close of weigh in

MONDAY, JULY 17            TOURNAMENT WEEK OPENS

5:00  —  8:00 PM                    Site Open:Boatique, Exhibitors

                                               Liars’ Tent.

12:00—8:00                           GT, Final Jr. Angler Registration & Bag Pick-up,      

6:30 PM                                  Jr. Angler Captain’s meeting at the site

                                              

TUESDAY, JULY 18               JR. ANGLER TOURNAMENT

7:30 AM                                  Check-Out & Fishing Begins

9:30—11:30                           Jr Angler Dock Tournament. Hot Dog lunch, too!

1:00 PM – 6:00 PM                  GT Registration

1:00 PM – 6:00 PM                  Site Open: Boatique, Exhibitors, Liars’ Tent

1:30 PM                                  Jr. Angler weigh-in opens

3:30 PM                                  Jr. Angler fishing ends

 

WEDNESDAY, JULY 19          GT CAPTAIN’S MEETING

1:00—7:00 PM                        GT Final Registration & Bag Pick-up,

5:00—8 PM                             Site Open:Boatique, Food Tent, Exhibitors, Liar’s Tent

6:30 PM                                  Captain’s Meeting at the site

THURSDAY, JULY 20           GENERAL TOURNAMENT Day 1 Fishing

6:30 AM                                 Check out & fishing begins

 3:00 PM                                  Weigh in opens

2:00—7:00                               Site Open:Boatique, Exhibitors, Liars' Tent

 5:30                                        Fishing ends. Be west of Check in boat to weigh fish.

FRIDAY, JULY 21                GENERAL TOURNAMENT Day 2 FISHING

6:30 AM                                  Check-Out & Fishing

2:00-7:00 PM                          Site Open:Boatique, Exhibitors, Food Tent, Liars’ Tent

3:00 PM                                  Weigh-In Opens

5:30 PM                                  Fishing Ends & “End of Weigh-In Line” Boat in Place

                                               Be West Check-in Boat to weigh fish.                   

SAT, JULY 22                                  

11AM – 11:00 PM                   Site opens: Boatique, Exhibitors, Food Tent, Liar's Tent

1:00                                        Treasure Chest-come to the site to try your key!

2:00 – 3:00                              Jr. Angler Fish Florida Seminar

 4:30 PM                                  Awards Ceremonies Begin:

                                                         Jr. Angler Awards

                                                          Redfish Awards

                                                          General Tournament Awards

6:00 PM – 11:00                                 Live Entertainment:  The Double Down Band

                                      

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