Fish Hard Events, led by Pro Football Hall of Fame Coach Jimmy Johnson, has announced three events for its 2024 calendar.
“The best wasn’t the Super Bowl, the best was not University of Miami, the best is right now,” Johnson said. “These teams are part of the best. We continue to grow each year and I am thrilled to have our partners join us as we showcase the thrilling challenge of sportfishing throughout the country. A favorite pastime of mine is fishing, and we love to see the competitive sport continue to grow. We look forward to seeing everyone in 2024.”
Each event draws some of the best sportfishing competitors in the world with parties, trade days and interactive events.
The VIP Yamaha Contender Miami Billfish Tournament of Champions will kick off the 2024 season February 1–3 in Miami Beach at the Miami Beach Marina and hosted in collaboration with the Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority. Participating teams must have won a Jimmy Johnson ‘Quest for the Ring’ tournament from previous seasons, having achieved a minimum winnings threshold of $50,000 to qualify and receive a Golden Ticket invite. This invite-only event spans three days of events with two days of competition and an estimated purse ranging from $300,000 to $400,000.
A month later in partnership with Visit Lauderdale, the 13th Annual Jimmy Johnson’s Quest for the Ring Championship Fishing Week will take place March 5–9 in South Florida from Key Largo to Palm Beach. The five-day fishing event features multiple tournaments coinciding during the week, including the two-day Catch & Release ‘Quest for the Ring’ Championship, featuring a $1 million guaranteed purse, the invite only Hard Rock Invitational and JJ’s National Sportfish Tournament. Participating teams can fish anywhere from Key Largo to North Palm Beach with weigh-ins and video drop off points available for both tournament days. A variety of events will take place throughout the week including an all-day gifting experience trade show featuring tournament sponsors.
The fourth annual Jimmy Johnson’s Atlantic City ‘Quest for the Ring’ Championship Fishing Week in Atlantic City, New Jersey, will be July 14–20. Held in partnership with the Atlantic City Sports Commission, the event will take place at the Frank S. Farley State Marina and feature a total estimated purse of $1.5 million. The tournament includes a championship ring is at stake with entry into Coach Johnson’s Ring of Honor as well. The tournament features multiple categories and an overall high points category. New for this year’s event is the expansion to two weigh stations for teams to fish out of any of the canyons from the Hudson to the Norfolk canyons with shorter runs out and back. Weigh-ins and slip availability is available in the host city and Ocean City, Maryland, where there will be limited availability and teams must pre-register to qualify to weigh in.