CUDA BOWL 2017FEBRUARY 2-4, 2017


Cuda Bowl 2017

Registration will be open soon for Cuda Bowl 2017! The dates will be February 3rd and 4th, 2017. Our kick off will be Thursday, February 2nd.

If you have not fished the Cuda Bowl before and would like more information please email us! Last year we had 38 boats and 61 anglers participate. It’s a great tournament for anglers of all abilities.

Cuda Bowl 2016 Photos

We had a huge turn-out for the 2016 Cuda Bowl. Thank you so much to angler Lynn Bell for hosting the kick-off at My New Joint! What a great party and it was great to see some familiar faces from past events and welcome new comers to the event!

Cuda Bowl 2016 Results

steve-huff-cudabowl2016Cuda Bowl 2016 is in the books! Thank you so much to everyone who came out to fish this year and to our generous sponsors! Here are the results from this years event. We had a total of 38 boats and 61 anglers this year.

Grand Champion Spin Division
Chad Brown from Traverse City, MI
137.75 inches
Guided by Derek DeYoung of Old Mission Peninsula, MI

Grand Champion Fly Division
Nathanial Linville of Key West, FL
122.25 inches
Guided by Capt. John Benvenuto of Key West

Top Lady Angler
Heidi Andrews of Jackson, WY
99 Inches
Guided by Capt. Chris Trosset of Key West

1st Runner Up – Spin Division
Ted Margo of Fort Worth, TX
132.5 inches
Guided by Capt. John O’Hearn of Big Pine Key, FL

1st Runner Up – Fly Division
Will Beggs of Hayesville, NC
61 inches
Guided by Capt. Zach Stells of Big Pine Key, FL

Runner-Up Spin Division
John Schwab of St. Louis, MO
130 inches
Guided by Capt. Dustin Huff of Marathon Key, FL

Runner-Up Fly Division
David Kohledge of Key West, FL
30 inches
Guided by Brandon Cyr of Key West, FL

Largest Barracuda – Spin Division
Ted Margo of Ft. Worth, TX
51.5 inches
Guided by John O’Hearn of Big Pine Key, FL

Largest Barracuda – Fly Division
Nathanial Linville of Key West, FL
45.25 inches
Guided by Capt. John Benvenuto of Key West, FL

Most Barracuda Releases
Lance Gleason of Missoula, MT
Guided by Capt Jared Cyr of Key West

First Runner Up Lady Angler
Lacey Kelly of Chiefland, FL
84 inches
Guided by Capt. Jared Cyr of Key West, FL

Runner Up Lady Angler
Lynn Bell of Summerland Key, FL
47 inches
Guided by Capt. Rob Kramarz

Ben Gravett Team Trophy
Jamie Gravett of Warrenton, VA
Steve Brown of Warrenton, VA
Guided by Capt. Pat Bracher of Cudjoe Key, FL


Cuda Bowl begins tonight!

john-chinundunt-cudaThe 2016 Cuda Bowl will kick-off tonight at ‘My New Joint’ just upstairs from The Square Grouper Bar & Grill. We will have our captain’s meeting, read the rules, hand out the tournament goodie bags, rulers and score sheets. There will be some appetizers and a cash bar for all the participants. We thank Lynn Bell for hosting our event at her bar & restaurant this year.

Friday and Saturday are the fishing days. Anglers and guides are asked to come to Hurricane Hole after their fishing day is done for scoring and some after fishing party and food.

We will be selling raffle tickets for a 35 Quart Yeti Tundra cooler to benefit the Jose Wejebe Spanish Fly Foundation.  We will also have a variety of past tournament gear available at the event. We are asking for a donation for each piece you would like. The gear sales money will go to the Lower Keys Guides Association and to Jose Wejebe Spanish Fly Foundation equally.

We will be using an electronic scoring system this year from The app for iAnglerTournament enables participants to upload a photo of their fish on the measuring device and note its length, what type of gear it was caught on, and the condition the fish was in when it was released. This data will be collected to help with the protection of barracuda as a gamefish.

Tournament News

The 2016 Cuda Bowl Registration is now closed. Due to the overwhelming response the tournament field is already full!

We have a wonderful array of sponsors this year for the event and we always thank them graciously for their support and donations. Their help is what has made this tournament such a big success!

Just a few reminders:

  • The Kick-Off will be at ‘My New Joint’ – located at Mile Marker 22.5 on Cudjoe Key above the world famous Square Grouper Bar and Grill. The meeting, distribution of tournament bags will begin at 6:30PM. We will go over the rules and distribute the Rapala official tournament rulers and score sheets. Entrants are invited to come join us for the meeting and enjoy some appetizers and a cash bar.
  • This is a flats fishing tournament and is catch and release only. Entrants into the Cuda Bowl need to be fishing from a flats skiff type boat with a poling platform. Bay boats may not be used in this years event.
  • We created this event to increase awareness of a wonderful flats gamefish – the barracuda. Since then the barracuda have been over-fished by commercial fishing and this past November 2015 were finally regulated to ensure there will be barracuda in our waters for the future.
  • It’s a fun event and the headquarters again will be at Hurricane Hole Bar & Grill on Stock Island.
  • There will be a raffle to benefit the Lower Keys Guides Association (

Look forward to seeing you all February 4-6!

Cuda Bowl 2016

Cuda Bowl 2016 – February 4-6, 2016

Greetings Everyone! Good news for the Barracuda that starting November 1st the commercial bag limit on barracuda will be limited to 2 fish per person or 6 per boat per day. The FWC had previously approved at 20 fish commercial bag limit back in June but revisited it and came up with the more limited bag limit.

Although the Cuda Bowl is strictly a catch and release event, it has raised awareness about the barracuda and a species and as a game fish for flats anglers.

We are very happy to hear that there is so much concern over the protection of the barracuda and many thanks to the Lower Keys Guides Association. Our LKGA played an important part in initiating the subject of protecting this valuable species here in the Keys.

The Cuda Bowl tournament will be held in February in 2016. Captain’s Meeting will be Thursday, February 4th at 6PM with a location TBA. Fishing days will be February 5th and 6th and headquarters will be at Hurricane Hole Marina again.

Registration for the 2016 event will be available by September 7th. Registration is on a first come, first serve basis and the field will be limited to the first 25 boats. The entry fee is $250 (total price) for one angler, $300 for 2 anglers (total price). There can be two anglers maximum per boat.


Cuda Bowl 2015 Photos

Here’s some photos from our anglers on the water and at the after fishing events. If you have photos to add please email them to us at There were 289 Barracuda released in the 2-day tournament! Save the Barracuda!

Cuda Bowl 2015 Final Results

Well the 2015 Cuda Bowl is in the books now and as folks are preparing for Super Bowl Sunday we wanted to thank all of you who came out this weekend to fish and guide for a heck of a fun time!

Here are the final results:

Grand Champion Spin Division
Steven Brown of Warrenton, VA had a total of 268 inches recorded for the two day event. Brown’s largest fish was 53 inches and also helped him to win the title for Largest Barracuda on spin tackle. Brown was guided by Capt. Pat Bracher of Overtime Charters in Cudjoe Key.

Grand Champion Fly Division

Nathaniel Linville of Key West, owner of The Angling Company, took the fly division again this year with 187 inches recorded for the two day tournament. Linville was fishing with Capt. John Benvenuto of Key West.

First Runner-Up Spin Division

Matt Gravett of Warrenton, VA took second place in the Spin Division with 250.74 inches recorded. Gravett was fishing with Capt. Bob Paulson of Sugarloaf Key.

First Runner-Up Fly Division

Jim Knowles of Round Hill, VA took second place in the Fly Division. Knowles recorded 132.75 inches of barracuda caught on a fly rod. He was guided by Capt. Peter Heydon of Key West.

Second Runner Up Spin Division

Jon Penning of Middleboro, MA took third place in the Spin Division and only by 1/2 inch over Bear Davidson of Catlett, VA. Penning recorded a total number of 249.75 inches of barracuda. Penning was guided by Capt. Bob Beighley of Double Haul Charters in Cudjoe Key.

Second Runner-Up Fly Division

John Chinuntdet of Mooresville, NC took third place in the Fly Division fishing with Capt. Justin Rea. Chinuntdet recorded 110.25 inches of barracuda all on the second day of fishing.

Top Lady Angler

Lacey Kelly of Ft. Myers, FL was our top lady angler. Kelly recorded 242 inches of barracuda and maintained the lead over our other women anglers for the duration of the two day event. Kelly was fishing with Capt. Jared Cyr of Key West.

First Runner-Up Lady Angler

Lynn Bell of Summerland Key was a very close second with 230.25 reported inches of barracuda. Bell was fishing with Capt. Rob Kramarz of Chaos Theory Charters.


Largest Barracuda – Fly Division

Ted Margo of Ft. Worth, TX not only had the largest recorded fly caught barracuda of the 2015 Cuda Bowl, but the largest on fly in the history of the tournament. His largest was 47 inches.  Margo noted that the two barracuda he caught on fly during the second day were his first ever. Margo was fishing with Capt. Drew Delashmit of Cudjoe Key, FL.

Largest Barracuda – Spin Division

Steven Brown – 53 inches

Ben Gravett Memorial Team Trophy

Steven Brown and Jamie Gravett of Warrenton, VA fishing with Capt. Pat Bracher.

The Perpetual Team Trophy was donated by the Gravett Family in memory of their Dad, Ben Gravett. The Gravett family has been fishing the Cuda Bowl since it’s inception in 2011. The trophy will be on display at The Angling Company.



Cuda Bowl Day One Standings

We had a really perfect day for Cuda fishing here in the Lower Keys. The reviews of finding cudas on the flats was mixed. Some anglers said it was difficult, some said they saw a lot but getting them to eat was challenging. In the end our field of anglers and guides managed to reel in and release a total of 3794.75 inches of fish during day one! Good Luck to everyone on day two!

Leading the Spin Division is John Schwab of Salt Lake City, Utah.
Leading the Fly Division is Nathanial Linville of Key West, Florida.
Top Lady Angler day one is Lacey Kelly from Southwest Florida.
Largest fish overall on Day One is Ian McDonnell of  Orland Park, Illinois.


Cuda Bowl Day One
Cuda Bowl Day One

Cuda Bowl 2015 Begins

The Angling Company was packed with anglers and guides last night for the 5th Annual Cuda Bowl Kick-Off and Registration. We have 33 boats and 56 anglers registered to fish this year! Participants can fish a total of 8 hours dock to dock and scoring takes place this afternoon from 3:30-5:30PM at Hurricane Hole Marina downstairs. Appetizers will be served to the participants and there will be a raffle available by the Jose Wejebe Spanish Fly Memorial Foundation for a YETI cooler with special SeaDek designed for Spanish Fly. Look for results here later today or check out or #cudabowl on Facebook for more photos and results. The weather is beautiful and perfect conditions for Barracuda Fishing! Good luck to everyone!