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The GOFC Fall Tournament will be held on

Saturday, October 21, 2023 at Sea Hag Marina in Steinhatchee

Register at:


What is it?

The annual Fall Tournament is one of the Gainesville Offshore Fishing Club's oldest and most important annual tournaments. It is based on the Ellett Point System and offers the largest single payout of the year.

This tournament is free and open to all club members in good standing. All individuals participating in the tournament do so at their own risk and must have a current waiver of liability on file with GOFC. All captains must register for the tournament using the link above no later than 7:30 pm the night before the tournament.

Non-member guests are invited to participate in the tournament with the following strictly enforced requirements:

  1. Participating guests must complete a waiver of liability via the GOFC website no later than 7:30 pm the night before the tournament. The waiver of liability can be found on this page: https://gofc.us/join-now/
  2. Participating guests must be included in the list of passengers submitted by the captain when they register their boat.
  3. Participating guests must pay a $25 tournament fee in cash to the Tournament Director at the official weigh in. The payer will be responsible for providing correct change.

When is it?

Date: Saturday, October 21st
Start Time: Safe-light
Weigh in: 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM at Sea Hag Marina at 322 Riverside Dr, Steinhatchee, FL
Weather Dates: Sunday, October 22nd and Saturday, October 28th

The Tournament Director will monitor the marine weather forecast and make the go/no-go decision the evening before the tournament. The decision will be announced via email no later than 7:00 pm that night. Individual captains must also monitor the forecasts and make their own determination regarding their vessel's sea worthiness given the expected conditions.

Anyone who registers for the tournament but ends up either not going out or decides to skip the weigh-in is asked to call or text Tournament Director, John Ebbs, at (352) 213-4350 so we can be sure that everyone makes it back to shore safely.

Anglers must be standing in line to have their fish weighed by 5:00 pm to be eligible. The cut-off time will be strictly enforced, so please don't wait until the last minute to start heading in.

Where is it?

Contestants may depart from any port in the Club's home waters. The weigh in will be held at Sea Hag Marina in Steinhatchee, FL from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

There is no ramp at Sea Hag Marina, but there is a large and very nice Taylor County boat ramp right around the corner. The fee for launching and parking at the ramp is $5. In addition to the paved parking at the ramp, there is a large field across the street that serves as overflow parking for the ramp.

Tournament Details

Tournament Director: John Ebbs (352) 213-4350

We will be fishing for all of the Big Ten species that are currently in season including spotted sea trout, Spanish mackerel, king mackerel, grouper (other than gag and red), redfish, sheepshead, cobia, and bluefish. Greater amberjack are currently in closed season but will be entered and scored based on overall length measured from the tip of the jaw or tip of the snout with closed mouth to the center of the fork in the tail. Amberjack entries must include a photo with the complete length of the fish. Points for fish caught during the tournament will be distributed based on the Ellett Point System and prizes will be awarded to individual anglers based on the number of points they accumulate.

1st Place: $300
2nd Place: $200
3rd Place: $100

Interpretation of the tournament rules shall be at the sole discretion of the Tournament Director.

Official Club Rules: https://gofc.us/rules/