The GOFC hosts numerous single-event tournaments and funaments/learnaments throughout the year (GOFC calendar). The club also sponsors 9 year-long contests for club members.

  1. Single-Event Tournaments
    • Limited to one or two days at a specific location
    • No entry free for members in good standing (dues have been paid)
    • Official registration times will be posted
    • Prizes and rules announced for each event
  2. Funaments and Learnaments
    • Limited to one or two days at a specific location
    • No entry fee
    • Official registration times will be posted
    • Bragging rights only, no prizes or awards
  3. Ellett Angler of the Year (Official Contest Weigh Slip)
    • A year-long contest in which points are awarded (based on weight) for each of the Big 10 Species an angler catches.
    • The angler with the most Ellett Points at the end of the year wins the coveted Ellett Award for fishing excellence.
    • This is an honor-system contest and fish may be weighed in during the current year
    • The winner of the Ellett Angler of the Year is not eligible for the Top Inshore Angler of the Year or the Top Offshore Angler of the Year
    • An angler may win the Ellett Angler of the Year contest three times. The angler is promoted to the Elite Division after their third win.
  4. Top Inshore Angler of the Year (Official Contest Weigh Slip)
    • A year-long contest in which points are awarded (based on weight) for bluefish, flounder, redfish, sheepshead, and trout
    • The angler with the most Ellett Points at the end of the year wins the Top Inshore Angler of the Year award.
    • This is an honor-system contest and fish may be weighed in during the current year
    • The winner of the Ellett Angler of the Year is not eligible for the Top Inshore Angler of the Year award
  5. Top Offshore Angler of the Year (Official Contest Weigh Slip)
    • A year-long contest in which points are awarded (based on weight) for amberjack, cobia, grouper, king mackerel, and Spanish mackerel
    • The angler with the most Ellett Points at the end of the year wins the Top Offshore Angler of the Year award
    • This is an honor-system contest and fish may be weighed in during the current year
    • The winner of the Ellett Angler of the Year is not eligible for the Top Offshore Angler of the Year award
  6. Elite Angler of the Year (Official Contest Weigh Slip)
    • Structured like the Ellett Angler of the Year contest (see above)
    • Reserved for Elite Anglers (three-time winners of the Ellett Angler of the Year contest)
    • The Elite Angler with the most Ellett Points at the end of the year wins the Elite Angler of the Year award
    • Elite Anglers are not eligible for the Ellett Angler of the Year
    • Elite Anglers may compete for the Large Fish of the Year, Top Inshore Angler and Top Offshore Angler
  7. Large Fish for the Year – Big 10 Species
    • All GOFC members are eligible
    • An award for the largest fish for each of our Big 10 species
  8. Big Ten Species Slam
    • All GOFC members are eligible
    • An award for catching each of the GOFC’s Big Ten Species during the year.
  9. Dave Abril Youth King Mackerel Championship
    • This honor will be awarded to the youth angler with the best King Mackerel (as determined by Ellett points) for the year. This award is given in memory of Dave Abril, an advocate for youth fishing and friend to all who knew him.
  10. The Bernie Fowler Award
    • The Bernie Fowler Award (a.k.a. the Fowler Trophy – the Heisman for Gag Grouper Fisherman) is dedicated to long time GOFC participant, GOFC Board member, and GOFC Officer, Bernie Fowler. Bernie passed away in January of 2008 after a 9 month battle with Leukemia. Bernie loved to fish for Gag Grouper, and this unique &auot;Giant Lure” trophy is presented every year to the GOFC member who catches the heaviest Gag Grouper. The winner has their name, fish weight, and the date inscribed on the trophy. The angler keeps the trophy for one year.
  11. Dick Bowles Most Unusual Species Award
    • This award will be given for the most unusual species entered during the year, as judged by a panel of GOFC Board Members. Fish entered into this contest must comply with Florida Recreational Saltwater Fishing Regulations as posted on www.myfwc.comwith regard to size limits, closed seasons, etc. A digital photo of your catch is recommended for identification purposes.
  12. Photo Contest (click for details)
    • Club members only
    • A year-long contest, any number of photos may be submitted
    • Last day for picture submission is December 31

Participants are expected to follow club rules and use weigh slips when appropriate.