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!

2019 March Merkin

By LKGA | March 1, 2019

March 4 – 7, 2019 The March Merkin is an exciting flats and fly only permit fishing tournament hosted by the Lower Keys Guides Association. The tournament will be held once again at Key West Yacht Harbour Club. We will also hold a silent auction with wonderful items from rods and reels to trips and […]

DON’T MISS OUR ANNUAL MEETING THERE WILL BE SPEAKERS, BOARD ELECTIONS & DINNER!

By LKGA | February 1, 2019

DON’T MISS OUR ANNUAL MEETING THERE WILL BE SPEAKERS, BOARD ELECTIONS & DINNER! FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2019 6:30PM Join us Friday, February 22nd for the LKGA Annual Meeting; where you can renew your membership and guide members can participate in the LKGA board of director elections. Afterwards, join us at the Sugarloaf Restaurant for dinner […]

Captain Doug Kilpatrick & Captain Will Benson spoke with the Miami about the problem of illegal fishing guides filling the Keys.

By LKGA | January 8, 2019

Photo courtesy of Will Benson. Read the full story here.

LKGA has a spot at the January 23rd commission meeting in Marathon at 10:00am.

By LKGA | December 8, 2018

See you there: Marathon Government Center 2798 Overseas Hwy. 2nd Floor Marathon, FL 33050 Get there early if you want a seat.

First Round of Photos from the AMAZING PARTICIPATION in the 1st Annual LKGA Clean Up – Or as we’re now calling it, “Get Trashed with LKGA”

By LKGA | December 8, 2018

   

November 29th Key West Citizen Article about LKGA’s efforts to curb out-of-county guides.

By LKGA | December 1, 2018

Click this link to read the November 29th Key West Citizen Article about LKGA’s efforts to curb out-of-county guides. 11.29.2018-citizen-article-outofcountyguides

JOIN US SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8TH AT SUGARLOAF MARINA for LKGA’s SHORE CLEAN UP

By LKGA | December 1, 2018

We’ll start at 8am. Waste Management is providing the dumpster. We’ll have tarps during. They’ll be burgers, brats & beers after.   Thanks in advance. See you there. 

Thank you to all the participants and congratulations to the winners of the 2018 Sugarloaf Showdown!

By LKGA | November 15, 2018

We’ve updated the SugarloafShowdown.com web page with results and photos!  

The 2018 Showdown is going strong! It’s a great time for a great cause.

By LKGA | November 4, 2018

THE SILENT AUCTION HAS BEGUN!!!

By LKGA | November 4, 2018

FROM YOUR PHONE: Text sugarloafshowdown to 24700. You will immediately receive a reply text asking for you name. Then you will receive a reply text with a link. Touch the link and you will be taken to the auction website.   FROM YOUR COMPUTER: Visit this website to register and view items: sugarloafshowdown2018.auction-bid.org.  

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!