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About Sailfish Club

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Our Story

The Fort Walton Beach Sailfish Club is the premier saltwater fishing club on the Gulf Coast.  The Sailfish Club was established in 1972 by a small group of local deep-sea fishing enthusiasts who came together for the enjoyment of sport fishing and for each other’s friendship.  This initial group of fishing enthusiasts has grown to over 100 members.  The Sailfish Club has become one of the most well thought of and highly regarded angling clubs along Florida’s Gulf Coast.  


The Sailfish Club promotes sportsmanship, the conservation of our local fisheries, safe boating, and good fellowship. The conservation of game fish is important to us, because, we want to insure the enjoyment of sport fishing in the Gulf of Mexico for everyone.  For today, for tomorrow, and for the future.  


The Sailfish Club is a member of the International Game Fish Association (IGFA), whose rules established the foundation for our club.  The International Game Fish Association (IGFA) has recognized our club for its efforts to promote good sportsmanship, and for our adherence to the IGFA principals of game fish conservation. ​ 


The IGFA rules insure healthy competition and sportsmanship for all our club fishing tournaments.  The Sailfish Club tournaments include:


Cobia Tournament

Inshore Tournament

Reef Fishing Tournament

Annual Offshore Tournament

Overnight Tournaments

Year Long Member Fishing Tournament


The fish we pursue:

Blue Marlin

White Marlin 





Dolphin Fish (Mahi Mahi)

Yellow Fin Tuna

Black Fin Tuna


King Mackerel

Red Snapper



Redfish (Red Drum)

Speckled Trout

Jack Crevalle




​The Sailfish Club is a private club composed of local, statewide, and out of state members.  A prospective member must be sponsored for membership by an active member.  Your membership in the Fort Walton Beach Sailfish Club automatically includes a membership in the Playground Area Boat Club as well.


The Sailfish Club has prospered over the years, because of the devotion and efforts of our members to build the club.  These efforts include teaching fishing skills to fellow members, supporting local and statewide conservation efforts, building reef habitat, and enriching our membership in so many other ways.


​The Sailfish Club meets twice a week at the Playground Area Boat Clubhouse in Shalimar.  Our membership meetings are on Wednesday evening, and on Friday evenings we have pot luck dinners for members, families, and their guests.  There are many additional social events and cookouts throughout the year for our members and their guests.  These gatherings are always filled with fun, friendship, and friendly conversation.


​The Sailfish Club regularly brings in expert speakers to the club to share their knowledge of sport fishing, fishing equipment, fish conservation, and other areas of interest to our members.

We hope you will join Sailfish Club in protecting and conserving game fish, and the associated saltwater fisheries along our Gulf Coast. As a community, we must work together to enhance their survivability for all to enjoy. ​

“Everyone should believe in something. I believe I’ll go fishing…”

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