Held every July for the last 36 years, the Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament has become a huge event, outsizing all other kingfish tourneys in the states. Not just the country’s largest kingfish tournament, this nearly week-long event ties in a number of other events, including the Junior Angler Offshore Tournament, the Junior Angler Dock Tournament, a Down at the Dock Fishing Derby, and a Redfish Tournament.
The Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament also includes a festival with lots of great food and drink, a “Boatique” selling official tournament goods, the annual boat show with vendors and exhibitors, and live entertainment at the Liar’s Tent! No matter what your level of interest in fishing, there is plenty to entertain and distract you!
Anglers of all experience levels are welcome to participate in the Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament. Prizes include cash, starting at $650 and topping out with a Contender 22 Sport custom fishing boat and trailer valued at a whopping $82,500 for first prize.
The Junior Angler and Redfish tournaments offer prizes as well, with the first place in the Junior Angler Offshore being a 13’ Gheenoe boat, Yamaha motor and trailer – wow!
Held at the Jim King Park and Boat Ramp at Sister Creek. The Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament attracts up to 400 fishing craft and thousands of spectators in what has become a real tradition for residents and visitors alike.
The first Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament was held in 1981 and has continued to grow with each passing year. Proceeds from the event go towards local charities, as well as marine science research, preservation, and education.
2016 Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament Schedule
11:30am – 1:30pm – ‘Down At The Dock’ Fishing Derby
6:30am – 2pm – Redfish Tournament
5am – 8pm – Boatique, Food Festival, Exhibitors, Liars’ Tent
7:30am – 3:30pm – Junior Angler Offshore Tournament
10am — 12pm – Summer Camp DOCK Derby
6:30am – 5:30pm – General Tournament Day 1
6:30am – 5:30pm – General Tournament Day 2
12pm – 1pm – Jr. Angler Fish Seminar
1:30pm – 3pm – Jr. Angler Kids DOCK Tournament
4:30pm – Awards Ceremonies
6pm – 10pm – Live Entertainment with DJ Connection
Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament Lodging
Make your visit to the Jacksonville area that much better with accommodations at The Club Continental on the St. Johns River. Our 22 guest rooms provide the perfect environment for that much needed, peaceful night’s rest. Relax at any one of our three pools and enjoy gourmet meals at our restaurant during your stay. No matter what brings you here, the old-world charms of The Club Continental on the St. Johns River will have you wishing it was for longer!