2013 Backcountry Fly Championship

backcountryflyThis past Friday and Saturday  19 teams of guides and anglers set out from The Lorelei Marina in Islamorada, FL with the goal of catching the largest 2 snook and redfish on fly rods. The Backcountry Fly Championship allows you to score your largest 2 redfish and the largest 2 snook each day for two days. The Grand Champion is the angler that has accumulated the most total inches with their longest 2 redfish and 2 snook.

The Grand Champion Team of Rick Moeller of Islamorada and Capt. Mark Gilman of Islamorada scored big by winning the championship and also capturing the largest snook and the largest redfish honors. Their largest Redfish measured 26.5” and 27” and Snook of 28” and 29.5” for a grand total of 111 points. The closest team, taking Runner-up to Grand Champion honors, was Frank Criscola of Far Hills, NJ with Capt. Chris Jones of Islamorada, scoring 99.5 points.

There were 8 teams which measured their limit of 2 snook and 2 reds. 27 snook and 31 redfish were measured during the 2 day event.

Custom engraved Nautilus fly reels were the awards and the winning team of Moeller and Gilman took 6 of them. The kick-off dinner was held at The Shrimp Shack in Islamorada and the awards BBQ was held on the beach at The Lorelei Cabana Bar in Islamorada.

Due to popular demand we will hold a fall version of this event in October this year. It will be The Backcountry Fly Fall Championship BFFC.  Contact Capt. Paul Tejera @ Captbackbone@gmail.com for more information about this tournament and others.

Tournament Director : Capt. Paul Tejera

Tournament Chairman :  Mike Criscola