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!

2018 Sugarloaf Showdown!

By LKGA | June 8, 2018

Join us Friday, November 2nd & Saturday, November 3rd. Captain’s Meeting the evening before on Thursday, November 1st. 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 Florida Keys fishing guides in the event of […]

LKGA Toured the Mote Marine Laboratory

By LKGA | May 1, 2018

On Wednesday, May 9th, LKGA Board Members toured the Mote Marine Laboratory in Summerland Key.  They received a guided tour of the Elizabeth Moore International Center for Coral Reef Research & Restoration. Taking the tour allowed them to see Mote’s seawater systems, tanks for aquatic studies, and some of the sample processing equipment. Those who attended called it […]

We thank everyone who participated in the 2018 March Merkin.

By LKGA | April 1, 2018

  We congratulate the winners.   We couldn’t have done it without our sponsors. Adrian Gray Andy Mill Aqua Flies ARC Fishing Bill Hartman Bill Horn Black River Outfitters Bonefish Tarpon Trust Bote Paddleboards Buff USA C.A. Richardson Chris Bladen Costa del Mar Courtney Marie Martin DeYoung Studios Don Yoyi Dylan Drebitko Echo Fly Rods […]

Annual meeting 2018

By LKGA | April 1, 2018

During the annual meeting, we held elections for the LKGA Board Members.  We are happy to announce the following LKGA Officers and Board Members for 2018. Officers: Doug Kilpatrick (President) Luke Kelly (Vice President) John Benvenuto (Secretary) Dale Bishop (Treasurer) Nathaniel Linville (Outreach Coordinator) Board Members: Bob Beighly Pat Bracher Drew Delashmit Bob Paulson Ian […]

News from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

By LKGA | March 8, 2018

News from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission FWC extends the permit spawning season closure inside the Special Permit Zone  At its February meeting in Tallahassee, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved a measure to extend the spawning season closure for permit inside the Special Permit Zone in south Florida. The change, […]

The new Merkin Trophy Base looks amazing!

By LKGA | March 1, 2018

The new Merkin Trophy Base looks amazing!   This beautiful work was made by Jay Grant using local mahogany. Photo provided by Nathaniel Linville.

Join the fun of the 2018 March Merkin Silent Auction!!

By LKGA | February 8, 2018

Join the fun of the 2018 March Merkin Silent Auction!! Auction starts opens today at 5:00 PM. Text ‘marchmerkin18’ to 24700

Don’t miss our Annual Meeting February 23, 2018

By LKGA | February 1, 2018

Board Elections and Dinner! It’ll be a great time! Mark your calendars for Friday, February 23rd to attend the LKGA annual meeting, where you can renew your membership and participate in the LKGA board of director elections. Afterwards, join us at the Sugarloaf Lodge Tiki bar for dinner – compliments of LKGA. The meeting begins at […]

LKGA will host the March Merkin from Mar. 12th – 15th

By LKGA | January 15, 2018

LKGA will host the March Merkin from Mar. 12th – 15th Key West, FL Key West Yacht Harbor Marina March 12-15, 2018 2018 March Merkin In a little under two weeks, the 2018 March Merkin will be held at Key West Yacht Harbor Club. March 12th we will have our kick-off dinner for anglers and guides. March 13-15 are […]

Good news from FWC

By LKGA | January 8, 2018

Good news from FWC FWC discusses draft rule to extend the permit spawning season closure inside the Special Permit Zone At its December meeting in Gainesville, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) discussed a draft change to extend the spawning season closure for permit inside the Special Permit Zone. This draft proposal was […]

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!