2018 Jimmy Johnson’s “Quest for the Ring” Championship Fishing Week

2018 Jimmy Johnson’s Championship Fishing Week is even bigger with the all new largest purse in Florida Tournament History 

The 2-Day National Billfish Championship, March 7-10, 2018, part of #JJFishWeek, will now feature a $1.5 Million Guaranteed Purse in partnership with Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida,all happening in Key Largo, Fl. Featuring the catch & release division and all new, weighted division.  

KEY LARGO, FLORIDA (JUNE 2017) Brought to you by Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, the 7th Annual Jimmy Johnson’s “Quest for the Ring” Championship Fishing Week will take over Key Largo, Florida March

7-10, 2018 for a chance to be “PART OF THE BEST”, says event host, Coach Jimmy Johnson. The four-day event features its annual tournament schedule including the 1-Day Celebrity Charitable Pro Am and the 2-Day Billfish Championship, hosted by Contender Boats and powered by Yamaha, featuring a Catch & Release division and an all new Weighted Division. It is with much excitement that in partnership with the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, the 2-Day National Billfish Championship, which is the largest tournament of the week, will beat last year’s record with an all new guaranteed purse of $1.5 Million, making 2018 the largest guaranteed tournament purse in sportfishing history and the largest tournament purse ever in Florida tournament history.

Competitive anglers from around the country will join together for what will be another historic event in the beautiful setting of Key Largo in the Florida Keys. There is no need to wait for number of boats to register because the prize structure is set and the purse is guaranteed for the next champions to win any of the 60 payouts available at the 2018 National Billfish Championship. At this current time, there are 50 boats who registered during the two month early registration period and the final time to enter is at the end of the Captain’s meeting on Wednesday, March 8. Discounts are available during early registration periods.


At Jimmy Johnson’s “Quest for the Ring” Championship Fishing Week, while teams’ fish for the tournament purse, Coach Jimmy Johnson states, “It’s All About the Ring.” Each year, teams fish for entrance into Jimmy’s coveted Ring of Honor. He has three rings from his first passion in life, football, but his second passion is Fishing, which is why he has a Ring of Honor in his tournament, where select champions are invited. Each year, one team (the overall champions) receives his Famed National Championship Ring.

As Coach Johnson stated to over 700 people at last year’s BIG CHILL Awards Party, “The best wasn’t the Super Bowl, The best was not University of Miami, the best is RIGHT NOW!. These teams are part of THE BEST…. We continue to grow each year and I am thrilled to have our partners at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino join us in our little slice of heaven down in the Keys to help us make this impact on the sport of Fishing. We look forward to seeing everyone in March!”

Jimmy Johnson’s Big Chill Restaurant at MM 104 in Key Largo, which hosts the week festivities. Guest accommodations can be made at Marriott Key Largo and Ocean Reef Club, among other locations. Kick-off events will take place on Saturday, March 3rd at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino the week before the tournament takes over Key Largo. where anglers will be decked out head to toe at the annual Gifting Experience, before heading to the ultimate Pool Side Celebration.

The 2018 JJ’s Quest for the Ring Championship Fishing Week Schedule will include the following events:

  • Saturday, March 3: Angler Gifting Experience & Poolside Celebration will take place at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Hollywood, Fl
  • Wednesday, March 7: Packet Pick Up & Captain’s Meeting will take place at The Big Chill for JJ’s Celebrity Pro-Am and JJ’s National Billfish Championship.
  • Thursday, March 8: JJ’s Celebrity Pro-Am will take place, where Jimmy’s friends, celebrity athletes and entertainers will join the pros for a fun day of competitive fishing in support of their favorite charities, before the annual JJ’s Ring of Honor Champions dinner at Ocean Reef Club.
  • Friday, March 9 and Saturday, March 10: Registered anglers will head out to start the Two days of competitive fishing for the history-making National Billfish Championship tournament.
  • Saturday, March 10, 6PM: All tournaments will culminate with a celebratory awards dinner and pool party at JJ’s Backyard BBQ takes over JJ’s Bill Chill. Participating anglers will overlook the waters of the Florida Keys and join together to award over $1.5 million in prize money.

“Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is proud to continue this exciting partnership with Jimmy Johnson’s Championship Fishing Week. This year’s $1.5 million guaranteed purse at the National Billfish Championship will continue to elevate the sportsfishing experience by offering a unique opportunity for anglers from all over the world to compete for a share of the historic prize pool,” said Larry Mullin, COO, Seminole Gaming. “We look forward to collaborating with our friend Coach Jimmy Johnson on this prestigious event and continuing to support the world of sportfishing,” Mullin added.

Official boat sponsor, Contender Boats, is the presenting sponsor of the tournament along with Yamaha Moters. Hosting sponsors, Jimmy Johnson Big Chill and Monroe County Tourism Development Council, Oakley Prizm, Tunaskin, and Grundens, who are outfitting the tournament anglers from head to toe with the best of the best in fishing gear on March 4th.  Official retail partner is Crook & Crook and the official tournament artist is Dennis Friel Art Studios. Additional hosting sponsors include Land Rover North & South Dade, Garmin, Global Cash Card, Raymarine, Papa’s Raw Bar, Cuda, and Celebrity Cruises among others.

Papa’s Pilar, the artisan-crafted rum created in homage to the legendary Ernest Hemingway, will be the official rum sponsor of the 2018 Jimmy Johnson Fish Week, serving signature Dark & Blonde rum cocktails at all tournament events.

Boat Entry information and the full schedule of events can be found at www.jjfishweek.com. Registration can be completed on the tournament website or by contacting the tournament office at info@jjfishweek.com or 305-255-3500 for more information.

Be sure to follow @JJFishWeek on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for up to date tournament information.

About Jimmy Johnson’s Quest for the Ring National Championship Fishing Week Jimmy Johnson’s National Championship Fishing Week features 3 Championships at Stake with 3 rings to win, all in one week in Key Largo, Fl. The tournament week features the 2-Day history making National Billfish Championship,  1-Day National Sportfish Championship, and the 1-Day Celebrity Pro-Am.  Jimmy Johnson hosts a week of events for 100+ teams who join together for this competitive week of fishing in the Upper Florida Keys. There is the billfish tournament and a fun fish tournament as well as a celebrity component for Jimmy’s friends and colleagues. A highlight of the billfish tournament season, this week of events has a little taste for everyone as top anglers join together for what is a always a good time with guaranteed great fishing and guaranteed prize money in Key Largo, Fl.

For more information, visit www.jjfishweek.com or email us at info@jjfishweek.com. Follow us online @JJFishWeek on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

About Seminole Hard Rock   Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, located minutes from Fort Lauderdale’s world-famous beach, features a AAA Four Diamond resort with 469 luxury rooms and suites, award-winning restaurants, high energy nightlife, a lagoon-style pool and Beach Club, a Hard Rock-inspired spa, and premium meeting and convention space. As South Florida’s premier entertainment destination, Seminole Hard Rock hosts top-name acts at its 5,500-seat Hard Rock Live concert arena and offers more than 100 table games, 2,000 of the most popular slots and a stand-alone poker room. Fine dining options include Council Oak Steaks & Seafood, the resort’s signature steakhouse, and Kuro, a luxe and socially vibrant restaurant offering new-style Japanese cuisine. The Resort also features contemporary and casual eateries, including Blue Plate, the hotel’s 24-hour diner-inspired restaurant; Constant Grind, a gourmet coffee and pastry shop; and the ever-famous Hard Rock Cafe – Hollywood, part of Hard Rock’s 164 globally recognized rock ‘n’ roll restaurants.

For more information, call 800-937-0010, visit us online at www.seminolehardrockhollywood.com, or follow us on Facebook: @SeminoleHardRockHollywood, Twitter: @HardRockHolly, Instagram: @HardRockHolly

About CI Management CI Management Group is a South Florida based event management company with over 20 years of hosting non-profit fundraising events in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and up the east coast in areas, such as Baltimore and New York City. In addition to the client roster spanning from celebrity athletes, Big Brothers Big Sisters, ALS Recovery Fund, Starboard Cruises, Flowers Baking Co., and Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce, CI Management is the managing partner and owner of various events around South Florida, to include Jimmy Johnson’s Championship Fishing Week, South Beach Seafood Festival, and South of Spice, along with the event producer for Las Olas Wine & Food Festival, among others. Visit us online at www.ci-mgt.com , Facebook or Instagram @wearecimgt , or contact us at 305-255-3500.