Key West votes YES to all three cruise ship referenda!

By LKGA | November 8, 2020

“In a unprecedented citizen-led push against mass cruise tourism, Key West voters boldly chose to protect the environment and public health. It’s sparked hope for change across similarly challenged port communities.” – KWCSCS

Key West Committee for Safer, Cleaner Ships

By LKGA | November 1, 2020

LKGA members vote YES! YES! YES! Yard signs and campaign material available at KWCSCS Headquarters Background The Key West Committee for Safer, Cleaner Ships recently launched a petition to put referenda on the ballot to reduce the number of cruise ships to Key West, reduce number of people disembarking, and give preference to cruise lines with the best environmental records. The […]

Sugarloaf Showdown 2020

By LKGA | October 8, 2020

Sugarloaf Showdown November 5th – 7th, 2020 Sugarloaf Marina Thursday, November 5 4:00 PM     Registration/Check In opens 4:00 PM     Rules and bag pick up 4:00 PM     Silent Auction opens! Friday, November 6  6:30 AM     Check-in mandatory 7:30 AM     Lines In 4:00 PM     Lines Out 5:30 PM     Check In/Scoring Closes Saturday, […]

 LKGA lends a hand to Mote Marine Coral Restoration

By LKGA | August 3, 2020

Scientists from Mote Marine report that corals are being restored to the reef and are ready to become parents! For years, Mote has made scientific efforts to restore coral reefs to self-sustaining life. This is a HUGE BREAKTHROUGH! To read more on these endeavors, please click HERE.

Election Results Are In!

By LKGA | May 8, 2020

The LKGA Board Members have voted and are please to announce the results!  LKGA 2020-2021 Board of Directors: President:                      Andrew Tipler Vice President:              Ian Slater Secretary:                      Bob Beighley Treasurer: […]

2020 March Merkin Champions and Runners Up

By LKGA | April 1, 2020

  Congratulations! 2020 March Merkin Champions and Runners Up Grand Champion Angler Clint Packo and Guide Simon Becker 3 fish total – 306 points   First Runner Up and Largest Fish Angler Thane Morgan and Guide Dustin Huff 1 fish total – 33.25″ to the fork – 133 points   Second Runner Up Angler Tim […]

LKGA Advocates for Freshwater to Florida Bay and the Everglades

By LKGA | March 15, 2020

  In late February, Capt. Doug Kilpatrick, Capt. Andrew Tipler, and Capt. Bob Beighley took the opportunity to represent the LKGA at the Army Corps of Engineers meeting in Islamorada. This public meeting was concerning the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Combined Operational Plan (COP). Capt. Doug Kilpatrick urged the Army Corps of […]

 2020 March Merkin Silent Auction

By LKGA | March 1, 2020

HOW TO BID! Text “permit2020” to 76278 or Visit the Silent Auction Website HERE WHEN TO BID!  Auction opens Monday, March 9th at 6:00 PM. Auction closes Thursday, March 12th at 6:00 PM. WHAT TO BID ON! There are many items including trips, gear, rods, reels, art, local restaurants, and so much more! WHY YOU […]

2020 March Merkin

By LKGA | March 1, 2020

MARCH 9th – 12th, 2020 Key West Yacht Club Monday, March 9 6:00 PM Captains, Anglers, and Guests Reception 6:00 PM Silent Auction opens! Visit HERE or text “permit2020” to 76278 on your smart device to register and BID! Tuesday, March 10 – Thursday, March 12 7:30 AM Check-in/Fish Thursday, March 12 5:00 PM Scoring […]

LKGA Annual Membership Meeting

By LKGA | February 8, 2020

LKGA Annual Membership Meeting This past Friday, the Lower Keys Guides Association held its Annual Meeting at the Sugarloaf Firehouse followed by BBQ at the Sugarloaf Lodge Tiki Bar point. We would like to thank everyone in attendance. We had a great turn out of guide and angler members. Special thanks to our informative speakers: […]

March Merkin 2024 Results

By Allison Delashmit | March 25, 2024

Grand Champion: With 130 centimeters total (2 fish) Angler, Robert Dougherty Guide, Nick LaBadie Largest Permit: Angler, Jose Ucan Guide, Justin Rea 77 centimeters 1st Runner Up (2nd Place): Mike Ward, Angler Brandon Cyr, Guide 2 fish, 115 centimeters Runner Up (3rd Place): Jose Ucan, Angler Justin Rea, Guide Eleven fish were caught during the […]

LKGA Continues to Provide Monitoring Tools and Captained-Vessel Support Following Unusual Fish Behavior Event

By Allison Delashmit | March 2, 2024

Members of the Key West and Lower Keys Fishing Guides Association (dba Lower Keys Guides Association or LKGA) started observing unusual fish behaviors in the Lower Keys in November 2023. Shortly thereafter, LKGA established an online Observation Form that was added to our website, encouraging members of our organization or anyone in the community witnessing […]

2023 Sugarloaf Showdown Results

By Allison Delashmit | December 12, 2023

Youth DivisionGrand ChampionCapt. Pat Bracher/Charley Bracher Spin DivisionGrand ChampionCaptain Shawn McKay/ Gannon Dudlar First Runner UpCapt. Tim Carlile/ Pat Bennett Second Runner UpCapt. Pat Bracher/ Charley Bracher Fly DivisionGrand ChampionCapt. Brandon Cyr/Cody Rubner First Runner UpCapt. Nicholas Calabro/Rob Kaufman Second Runner UpCapt. Chris Wilson/ Ben Bortner

Position Opportunity

By Allison Delashmit | August 29, 2023

This is a bittersweet time for LKGA as our Operations Manager, Celia Tolle, has accepted another career opportunity. We are excited for Celia and thankful for her years of commitment to the Association and fishery.    LKGA has an open position for ‘Operations Manager’. Please share this job description and submit resumes by 9/15.   Thank […]

LKGA Acknowledges SFC’s TCS Withdraw

By Allison Delashmit | January 30, 2023

LKGA is proud to have worked with partners and produced the cancellation of this proposed tournament.     ********** Dear friends of SFC, We have decided to postpone the SFC Tarpon Championship in Islamorada (March 28-30), Punta Gorda (April 4-6) and Sarasota (April 20-23). SFC remains committed to working alongside local stakeholders on tournaments that […]

2023 “Get Trashed” with LKGA

By Allison Delashmit | January 17, 2023

LKGA is happy to announce the marine debris weight for this year’s event is 7,860 lbs! We are grateful for such awesome partners and this fantastic community of ours!  

Coming up!

By Celia | November 30, 2022

2022 Sugarloaf Showdown Results

By Celia | November 15, 2022

2022 Sugarloaf Showdown Winners!   High Point: Barracuda- Scott Brown/Honson Lau Bonefish – Andrew Tipler/Annabel Tipler Permit – Will Benson/ Luke & Alice Benson     Youth Division- 2nd Runner Up – Andrew Tipler/Annabel Tipler  2 Species 850   1st Runner Up- Will Benson/Luke & Alice Benson 2 Species 1350   Grand Champion- Pat Bracher/Charley […]

FKNMS Restoration Blueprint

By Celia | October 31, 2022

For close to 10 years, the Lower Keys Guides Association Board of Directors has been working on the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary’s Restoration Blueprint. Past presidents and board members have remained involved with your current board of directors through this ongoing process. Throughout this process we have been actively engaged with co-trustee agencies (NOAA, […]

Registration is Open!

By Celia | August 30, 2022

We are gearing up for a great event. The 9th Annual Sugarloaf Showdown registration is open! Early registration – $250 (2 or 3 person team) Registration after October 31st – $300 (2 or 3 person team) Visit SugarloafShowdown.com for info and registration link!

March Merkin 2024 Results

By Allison Delashmit | March 25, 2024

Grand Champion: With 130 centimeters total (2 fish) Angler, Robert Dougherty Guide, Nick LaBadie Largest Permit: Angler, Jose Ucan Guide, Justin Rea 77 centimeters 1st Runner Up (2nd Place): Mike Ward, Angler Brandon Cyr, Guide 2 fish, 115 centimeters Runner Up (3rd Place): Jose Ucan, Angler Justin Rea, Guide Eleven fish were caught during the […]

LKGA Continues to Provide Monitoring Tools and Captained-Vessel Support Following Unusual Fish Behavior Event

By Allison Delashmit | March 2, 2024

Members of the Key West and Lower Keys Fishing Guides Association (dba Lower Keys Guides Association or LKGA) started observing unusual fish behaviors in the Lower Keys in November 2023. Shortly thereafter, LKGA established an online Observation Form that was added to our website, encouraging members of our organization or anyone in the community witnessing […]

2023 Sugarloaf Showdown Results

By Allison Delashmit | December 12, 2023

Youth DivisionGrand ChampionCapt. Pat Bracher/Charley Bracher Spin DivisionGrand ChampionCaptain Shawn McKay/ Gannon Dudlar First Runner UpCapt. Tim Carlile/ Pat Bennett Second Runner UpCapt. Pat Bracher/ Charley Bracher Fly DivisionGrand ChampionCapt. Brandon Cyr/Cody Rubner First Runner UpCapt. Nicholas Calabro/Rob Kaufman Second Runner UpCapt. Chris Wilson/ Ben Bortner

Position Opportunity

By Allison Delashmit | August 29, 2023

This is a bittersweet time for LKGA as our Operations Manager, Celia Tolle, has accepted another career opportunity. We are excited for Celia and thankful for her years of commitment to the Association and fishery.    LKGA has an open position for ‘Operations Manager’. Please share this job description and submit resumes by 9/15.   Thank […]

LKGA Acknowledges SFC’s TCS Withdraw

By Allison Delashmit | January 30, 2023

LKGA is proud to have worked with partners and produced the cancellation of this proposed tournament.     ********** Dear friends of SFC, We have decided to postpone the SFC Tarpon Championship in Islamorada (March 28-30), Punta Gorda (April 4-6) and Sarasota (April 20-23). SFC remains committed to working alongside local stakeholders on tournaments that […]

2023 “Get Trashed” with LKGA

By Allison Delashmit | January 17, 2023

LKGA is happy to announce the marine debris weight for this year’s event is 7,860 lbs! We are grateful for such awesome partners and this fantastic community of ours!  

Coming up!

By Celia | November 30, 2022

2022 Sugarloaf Showdown Results

By Celia | November 15, 2022

2022 Sugarloaf Showdown Winners!   High Point: Barracuda- Scott Brown/Honson Lau Bonefish – Andrew Tipler/Annabel Tipler Permit – Will Benson/ Luke & Alice Benson     Youth Division- 2nd Runner Up – Andrew Tipler/Annabel Tipler  2 Species 850   1st Runner Up- Will Benson/Luke & Alice Benson 2 Species 1350   Grand Champion- Pat Bracher/Charley […]

FKNMS Restoration Blueprint

By Celia | October 31, 2022

For close to 10 years, the Lower Keys Guides Association Board of Directors has been working on the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary’s Restoration Blueprint. Past presidents and board members have remained involved with your current board of directors through this ongoing process. Throughout this process we have been actively engaged with co-trustee agencies (NOAA, […]

Registration is Open!

By Celia | August 30, 2022

We are gearing up for a great event. The 9th Annual Sugarloaf Showdown registration is open! Early registration – $250 (2 or 3 person team) Registration after October 31st – $300 (2 or 3 person team) Visit SugarloafShowdown.com for info and registration link!

March Merkin 2024 Results

By Allison Delashmit | March 25, 2024

Grand Champion: With 130 centimeters total (2 fish) Angler, Robert Dougherty Guide, Nick LaBadie Largest Permit: Angler, Jose Ucan Guide, Justin Rea 77 centimeters 1st Runner Up (2nd Place): Mike Ward, Angler Brandon Cyr, Guide 2 fish, 115 centimeters Runner Up (3rd Place): Jose Ucan, Angler Justin Rea, Guide Eleven fish were caught during the […]

LKGA Continues to Provide Monitoring Tools and Captained-Vessel Support Following Unusual Fish Behavior Event

By Allison Delashmit | March 2, 2024

Members of the Key West and Lower Keys Fishing Guides Association (dba Lower Keys Guides Association or LKGA) started observing unusual fish behaviors in the Lower Keys in November 2023. Shortly thereafter, LKGA established an online Observation Form that was added to our website, encouraging members of our organization or anyone in the community witnessing […]

2023 Sugarloaf Showdown Results

By Allison Delashmit | December 12, 2023

Youth DivisionGrand ChampionCapt. Pat Bracher/Charley Bracher Spin DivisionGrand ChampionCaptain Shawn McKay/ Gannon Dudlar First Runner UpCapt. Tim Carlile/ Pat Bennett Second Runner UpCapt. Pat Bracher/ Charley Bracher Fly DivisionGrand ChampionCapt. Brandon Cyr/Cody Rubner First Runner UpCapt. Nicholas Calabro/Rob Kaufman Second Runner UpCapt. Chris Wilson/ Ben Bortner

Position Opportunity

By Allison Delashmit | August 29, 2023

This is a bittersweet time for LKGA as our Operations Manager, Celia Tolle, has accepted another career opportunity. We are excited for Celia and thankful for her years of commitment to the Association and fishery.    LKGA has an open position for ‘Operations Manager’. Please share this job description and submit resumes by 9/15.   Thank […]

LKGA Acknowledges SFC’s TCS Withdraw

By Allison Delashmit | January 30, 2023

LKGA is proud to have worked with partners and produced the cancellation of this proposed tournament.     ********** Dear friends of SFC, We have decided to postpone the SFC Tarpon Championship in Islamorada (March 28-30), Punta Gorda (April 4-6) and Sarasota (April 20-23). SFC remains committed to working alongside local stakeholders on tournaments that […]

2023 “Get Trashed” with LKGA

By Allison Delashmit | January 17, 2023

LKGA is happy to announce the marine debris weight for this year’s event is 7,860 lbs! We are grateful for such awesome partners and this fantastic community of ours!  

Coming up!

By Celia | November 30, 2022

2022 Sugarloaf Showdown Results

By Celia | November 15, 2022

2022 Sugarloaf Showdown Winners!   High Point: Barracuda- Scott Brown/Honson Lau Bonefish – Andrew Tipler/Annabel Tipler Permit – Will Benson/ Luke & Alice Benson     Youth Division- 2nd Runner Up – Andrew Tipler/Annabel Tipler  2 Species 850   1st Runner Up- Will Benson/Luke & Alice Benson 2 Species 1350   Grand Champion- Pat Bracher/Charley […]

FKNMS Restoration Blueprint

By Celia | October 31, 2022

For close to 10 years, the Lower Keys Guides Association Board of Directors has been working on the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary’s Restoration Blueprint. Past presidents and board members have remained involved with your current board of directors through this ongoing process. Throughout this process we have been actively engaged with co-trustee agencies (NOAA, […]

Registration is Open!

By Celia | August 30, 2022

We are gearing up for a great event. The 9th Annual Sugarloaf Showdown registration is open! Early registration – $250 (2 or 3 person team) Registration after October 31st – $300 (2 or 3 person team) Visit SugarloafShowdown.com for info and registration link!