LKGA Urges Governor To Reconsider Additional Mini-Lobster Season Day

By Allison Delashmit | July 5, 2024

In early July, the Board of Directors of the Lower Keys (Fishing) Guides Association requested urgent reconsideration, via a letter to the Governor and local Commissioners, of the recently announced additional day for lobster mini-season in Monroe County. LKGA stands with like-minded organizations that utilize (for our livelihood), study and/or research, and advocate for our […]

LKGA’s Letter to Governor DeSantis Re: Balloon Releasing Bill (HB 321)

By Allison Delashmit | July 1, 2024

The Lower Keys Guides Association Board of Directors sent a Letter of Support (LOS) to Governor Ron DeSantis in early June in support of House Bill 321, updating Florida’s litter laws concerning balloons.

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 […]

LKGA Urges Governor To Reconsider Additional Mini-Lobster Season Day

By Allison Delashmit | July 5, 2024

In early July, the Board of Directors of the Lower Keys (Fishing) Guides Association requested urgent reconsideration, via a letter to the Governor and local Commissioners, of the recently announced additional day for lobster mini-season in Monroe County. LKGA stands with like-minded organizations that utilize (for our livelihood), study and/or research, and advocate for our […]

LKGA’s Letter to Governor DeSantis Re: Balloon Releasing Bill (HB 321)

By Allison Delashmit | July 1, 2024

The Lower Keys Guides Association Board of Directors sent a Letter of Support (LOS) to Governor Ron DeSantis in early June in support of House Bill 321, updating Florida’s litter laws concerning balloons.

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!

2022 March Merkin Results

March Merkin 2022 Results

By LKGA | April 8, 2022
Election Results Are In!

LKGA 2022-2023 Board of Directors Election Results Are In!

By LKGA | April 8, 2022

The LKGA Board Members have voted and are pleased to announce the results!  LKGA 2022-2023 Board of Directors: President: Andrew Tipler Vice President: Ian Slater Secretary: Bob Beighley Treasurer: Brian Stilley Outreach Coordinator: Nathaniel Linville Board Member: Brandon Cyr Board Member: Will Benson Board Member: Brian “Bear” Holeman Board Member: Chad Huff Alt. Board Member: […]

LKGA Annual General Membership Meeting

LKGA Annual General Membership Meeting – 2022

By LKGA | March 8, 2022

Thank you to Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, FIU, and Florida Bay Forever for your informational presentations! Thank you, Ray Torres, for your time behind the bar! Thank you, Tom del Bosque and Costa del Mar for sponsoring this event! Thank you to our guide and angler members who make up LKGA!

LKGA Fights in Tallahassee

LKGA Fights in Tallahassee

By LKGA | February 8, 2022

LKGA Board Members join with Captains for Clean Water and head to Tallahassee to fight against the threat to Everglades Restoration funding when Senate Bill 2508 was quietly filed on Friday.

The Annual General Membership Meeting

The Annual General Membership Meeting – February 26, 2022

By LKGA | January 10, 2022

Coming Up! The Annual General Membership Meeting Saturday, February 26, 2022 Renew your membership (if you have not already) Collect your LKGA swag Hear the latest from LKGA, BTT, FAU, and Florida Bay Forever Current Guide Members vote for the 2022-2023 Board of Directors Enjoy a catered buffet dinner and drinks Catch up with local colleagues If you have […]

2022 March Merkin Results

March Merkin 2022

By LKGA | January 8, 2022

March 7-10 Oceans Edge Resort & Marina LKGA hosts the largest and most competitive catch and release Permit tournament in the world. We salute Bonefish & Tarpon trust to help support their vital Permit research and conservation matters with proceeds from the tournament. Make sure to spread the word about the March Merkin Online Auction loaded […]

LKGA unites with Key West Committee for Safer Cleaner Ships to stand against BIG cruise ships calling on Key West!

By LKGA | December 15, 2021

 

2021 Get Trashed Photos

By LKGA | December 10, 2021

   

LKGA Urges Governor To Reconsider Additional Mini-Lobster Season Day

By Allison Delashmit | July 5, 2024

In early July, the Board of Directors of the Lower Keys (Fishing) Guides Association requested urgent reconsideration, via a letter to the Governor and local Commissioners, of the recently announced additional day for lobster mini-season in Monroe County. LKGA stands with like-minded organizations that utilize (for our livelihood), study and/or research, and advocate for our […]

LKGA’s Letter to Governor DeSantis Re: Balloon Releasing Bill (HB 321)

By Allison Delashmit | July 1, 2024

The Lower Keys Guides Association Board of Directors sent a Letter of Support (LOS) to Governor Ron DeSantis in early June in support of House Bill 321, updating Florida’s litter laws concerning balloons.

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 […]

LKGA Urges Governor To Reconsider Additional Mini-Lobster Season Day

By Allison Delashmit | July 5, 2024

In early July, the Board of Directors of the Lower Keys (Fishing) Guides Association requested urgent reconsideration, via a letter to the Governor and local Commissioners, of the recently announced additional day for lobster mini-season in Monroe County. LKGA stands with like-minded organizations that utilize (for our livelihood), study and/or research, and advocate for our […]

LKGA’s Letter to Governor DeSantis Re: Balloon Releasing Bill (HB 321)

By Allison Delashmit | July 1, 2024

The Lower Keys Guides Association Board of Directors sent a Letter of Support (LOS) to Governor Ron DeSantis in early June in support of House Bill 321, updating Florida’s litter laws concerning balloons.

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 […]