2017 Hurricane Cup Tournament Results Are In

Backcountry Fly Championship Series: 2017 Hurricane Cup Tournament results Hurricane Irma hit the Florida Keys hard, destroying homes and businesses, but it did not break the spirit of the community. This time of year, Captain Paul Tejera from Islamorada puts together a tournament called The Backcountry Fly Championship Series; which is a 2-day, catch and release, fly only tournament where anglers target redfish and snook and are only able to count their two biggest fish caught for each species. Anglers are able to continue upgrading their catch in hopes of accumulating as many inches as possible. The anglers and guides that fish both the spring and the fall tournaments compete towards the coveted title for the “King of the Backcountry” which is a perpetual trophy where the winner’s name and the Captain’s name is etched on and displayed at Sandy Moret’s Florida Keys Outfitters in Islamorada. The response was amazing not just from the anglers signing up but also from sponsors that wanted to help. Hurricane Irma did not affect the fishing and these numbers are proof that the fishing in the Keys and Flamingo is still great! The duo caught and released 255 snook amassing a score of 6575 points, which put them above all other teams to take home the Top Guided Team, Most Snook Releases, Top Spin Team and Top Female Angler to Lisa for her 150 snook. Amazing fishing by these two anglers and their Islamorada guide, Capt. Larry Sydnor. Releases – Break Down 644 snook 34 tarpon 13 redfish 1 permit 2 bonefish

Backcountry Fly Championship Series: 2017 Hurricane Cup Tournament results

Lisa Everett and Gail Kennedy holding up one of their many snook.

Hurricane Irma hit the Florida Keys hard, destroying homes and businesses, but it did not break the spirit of the community. As they have come to use a term #keysstrong, the community came together to help their neighbors, friends and even strangers in worse hit communities. Many Keys residents, including fishing guides went down to the lower Keys to help feed others while assisting them in the clean up of their properties, this is what the Florida Keys is all about, helping others in their time of need.

This time of year, Captain Paul Tejera from Islamorada puts together a tournament called The Backcountry Fly Championship Series; which is a 2-day, catch and release, fly only tournament where anglers target redfish and snook and are only able to count their two biggest fish caught for each species. Anglers are able to continue upgrading their catch in hopes of accumulating as many inches as possible. The series is held in the spring on the last Friday and Saturday in February and again in the fall in October. The anglers and guides that fish both the spring and the fall tournaments compete towards the coveted title for the “King of the Backcountry” which is a perpetual trophy where the winner’s name and the Captain’s name is etched on and displayed at Sandy Moret’s Florida Keys Outfitters in Islamorada.

When Hurricane Irma hit in early September affecting many hotels and restaurants, Tejera made a call to cancel the tournament, much to the dismay of many of the guides who really…

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