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Fish From Key Largo in Jimmy Johnson Billfish Championship for Nearly $2 Million Dollar Purse

KEY LARGO, Florida Keys — Some of sportfishing’s most-proficient billfish anglers along with notable National Football League players and celebrities are expected to join two-time Super Bowl–winning coach and Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Jimmy Johnson during his namesake event on the South Florida mainland and in Key Largo, March 3-7.

Organizers of the Jimmy Johnson Fishing Championship Week are offering both the largest guaranteed purse winnings in sport-fishing history and the largest purse in Florida tournament history, worth nearly $2 million, according to organizers.

The two-day “Quest for the Ring” National Billfish Championship is set for Thursday and Friday, March 5-6. Boat teams competing for the guaranteed overall purse can fish in and around fishing boundaries that extend from Alligator Lighthouse off Islamorada to Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The event’s three-location format allows anglers to fish out of Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, Miami Beach Marina and Bahia Mar Marina, Fort Lauderdale. Post-fishing dock parties are to be held at each host marina.

The Billfish Championship’s first-place team is to receive a cash prize and all anglers on the winning boat receive authentic, custom-designed Jimmy Johnson NBC Championship rings. Second- through eighth-place teams also are awarded cash prizes, among several other angler categories.

Johnson's friends, celebrity athletes and entertainers are set for a fun-filled day of competitive fishing in support of their favorite charities for a Saturday Celebrity Pro Am, an invitation-only event separate from the NBC.

For complete tournament information, registration and events, visit jjfishweek.com.

Boat teams competing for the guaranteed overall purse can fish in and around fishing boundaries that extend from Alligator Lighthouse off Islamorada to Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Boat teams competing for the guaranteed overall purse can fish in and around fishing boundaries that extend from Alligator Lighthouse off Islamorada to Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The Billfish Championship’s first-place team is to receive a cash prize and all anglers on the winning boat receive authentic, custom-designed Jimmy Johnson NBC Championship rings.

The Billfish Championship’s first-place team is to receive a cash prize and all anglers on the winning boat receive authentic, custom-designed Jimmy Johnson NBC Championship rings.

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