Fishing News

Sailfish Derby Celebrates 82nd Year

The venerable West Palm Beach Fishing Club (WPBFC), founded in 1934, will again host the ‘World's Oldest Sailfish Tournament’, the prestigious 82nd Silver Sailfish Derby January 9th – 12th, 2019. The Derby attracts some of the best sailfish anglers, captains and crews in the sport to our region each season.

The tournament is limited to 50 boats who will be vying for some of sailfishing’s most coveted awards. Part of what makes the Derby so special are the traditions and the people behind them. Many Derby awards are sponsored by families who have been associated with the event for decades. The Derby’s top angler award is the Mrs. Henry R. Rea trophy, a magnificent silver sailfish sculpture that dates back to the event’s origin in 1935 and is sponsored by Elizabeth Richebourg Rea of Connecticut. The Rea Trophy remains one of the crown jewels in all of angling. The Top Lady Angler trophy is sponsored by the Hampp Family of New Jersey in memory of Rose Hampp, who won the honor in the 1957 Derby along with many other awards throughout her accomplished angling career. The Louis S. Boski award for Outstanding Angling Achievement honors the late Lou Boski, an active WPBFC member who set the Atlantic sailfish single day catch record of 83 releases in 1980. Other prizes include awards for the Top Small Boat, Junior Angler, Captain, Tag Team, Daily Angler & Daily Boat awards, and Overall Boat & Angler awards.

Those who are not fishing the event can follow tournament boat standings on the Derby’s mobile friendly virtual scoreboard. The Derby scoreboard will go live just prior to the event and can be found on the WPBFC website. Photos from the tournament are posted on Instagram & Facebook @westpalmbeachfishingclub and under #SilverSailfishDerby. Proceeds from the event benefit the WPBFC’s many conservation and education initiatives.

For registration and additional details on the Silver Sailfish Derby contact the WPBFC at 561-832-6780 or visit: