GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING SPEAKERS – ELECTIONS – DINNER

By LKGA | February 8, 2020

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING SPEAKERS – ELECTIONS – DINNER FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2020 6:30PM Meeting Location: The Sugarloaf Firehouse 17097 Overseas Hwy, Sugarloaf Shores, FL 33042. BBQ and drinks to follow at the Sugarloaf Lodge Tiki Bar point. Guest Speakers: Dr. Jennifer Rehage, FIU and Carissa Gervasi, PhD candidate in fisheries management at FIU Andy Bowman […]

LKGA partnered with Ocean conservancy and Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing

By LKGA | January 8, 2020

In conjunction with our Sugarloaf Showdown this year, the LKGA partnered with Ocean conservancy and Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing for an ocean clean-up. Together, over 4,000 lbs of marine debris was collected. Check out this video by Ocean Conservancy. Check out the documentary below!  

Get Trashed with LKGA

By LKGA | January 1, 2020

Get Trashed with LKGA Saturday, January 18th Clean-up starts at 10AM   –  Party starts at 4PM The second LKGA Lower Keys Clean-up event will happen in a couple of weeks! We’re getting together to clean marine debris and party when we’re done. Some participants will be on their boats and others will be walking along […]

LKGA Unites with B&TT

By LKGA | November 18, 2019

  Recently, along side of Bonefish and Tarpon Trust, LKGA’s Capt. Will Benson, Capt. Dale Bishop, and Capt. Diego Rouylle addressed Commissioners in Tallahassee. This meeting was to establish a no fishing closure at Western Dry Rocks during permit spawning season. The loss of spawning fish due to predation is simply not sustainable for the […]

Congratulations to all of the participants & winners of the 2019 LKGA Sugarloaf Showdown

By LKGA | November 10, 2019

Members, please join us for the Sanctuary Advisory Council Meeting

By LKGA | October 14, 2019

Members, please join us for the Sanctuary Advisory Council Meeting Tomorrow, Oct. 15th Marriott Beachside Hotel 3841 N Roosevelt Blvd Key West, FL 33040 The meeting is from 1PM – 9PM (Here’s the ful agenda). 3:00 Break – Afternoon Public Comment Sign-Up 3:30 Afternoon Public Comment 5:00 Break – Evening Public Comment Sign-Up 2 6:00 […]

2019 Sugarloaf Showdown!

By LKGA | September 8, 2019

2019 Sugarloaf Showdown! Join us Friday, November 1st & Saturday, November 2nd Captain’s Meeting the evening before on Thursday, October 31st. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER TODAY Join LKGA for this fundraising C&R tournament. This three-day event is open to all anglers and is a fundraiser for the Guides Trust Foundation, which provides financial aid to […]

Happy 15th Anniversary, LKGA!

By LKGA | May 17, 2019

   The Lower Keys Guides Association became a non-profit organization of professional fishing guides on May 17, 2004. So, we are pleased to announce LKGA will turn 15 this month! The first Board of Directors back in 2004 were Rick Bouley, Doug Kilpatrick, Reuben Dunagan, Mike Vaughn, Simon Becker, Steve Impallomeni, Tony Murphy, Brian Yates & Tom Rowland. […]

Congratulations to a great group of guys! 2019 March Merkin winning teams

By LKGA | March 15, 2019

Congratulations to a great group of guys! 2019 March Merkin winning teams Grand Champion Angler Nathaniel Linville and Guide John O’Hearn First Runner Up Angler Scott Harkins and Guide Kris Suplee Second Runner Up Angler Clint Packo and Guide Simon Becker

A Chance to Be Heard About Okeechobee

By LKGA | March 1, 2019

US Army Corp of Engineers Scoping Meeting Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. Marathon Government Center 2798 Overseas Highway, BOCC Room (second floor), Marathon, FL 33050 https://www.saj.usace.army.mil/LOSOM/ This meeting is being held to consider how the USACE operates Lake Okeechobee.  This specific type of meeting has never happened before in the Keys.  […]

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!