Recap: 19th Annual Jorge Portela Memorial Tournament

Recap: 19th Annual Jorge Portela Memorial Tournament

The Annual Jorge Portela Memorial Give-or-Take An Inch, Half-Ass Fishing & Diving Tournament started on a bet made between Jorge and his friends as to whether the divers or the anglers could catch more fish. Since 1994, the tournament has continued to grow. What started out with four boats and 15 total divers and anglers has really gained a following! Jorge passed away in 1997, but his legacy has lived on through the tournament and scholarship to help a Gold Coast, Florida resident attend Auburn University.

Supporting the Tournament

Once there was a big rainstorm on a tournament day and it became necessary to move the fish fry. It was a last minute change to the Key Biscayne Beach Club, but it worked out so well that the fish fry has been held there since that time. Forty boats and more than 200 participants now take part in the annual Jorge Portela Memorial Give-or-Take An Inch, Half-Ass Fishing & Diving Tournament, with the most recent tournament having been held on June 18th, 2016. Hosted at the Key Biscayne Beach Club, the top prize and some of the rules have changed, but the spirit of the tournament remains the same.

Get Ready for Next Year’s Event

While this year’s tournament is over, you can get involved in the tournament for next year! You can register online, and when you register you’ll need to pay for the entire boat. You get a captain’s meeting party, a T-shirt and party entrance for an angler or a diver. The fee is $40 per guest, and children younger than 10 can get in for free. You can’t use scuba, powerhead, or bahamas, and you can’t join if you’re a professional diver or professional captain. The event is meant for families to get together and have fun together, and to give them a chance to win great prizes. It’s a great way to honor Jorge and his love of life.

The Annual Jorge Portela Memorial Give-or-Take An Inch, Half-Ass Fishing & Diving Tournament started on a bet made between Jorge and his friends as to whether the divers or the anglers could catch more fish.

How Does the Tournament Work?

All fish for the tournament have to be caught by legal means within a designated area and measured at the dock. The hours are from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., but there’s a 10 minute grace period in case you’re running a little bit late. Monitoring channel #72 or a cellphone is required, and you’ll need to submit the cellphone number with the roster. That allows everyone to keep coordinated and helps the tournament run more smoothly. It also means fair play in the event of a “hook up” before 2:30 p.m. that might not get to the dock before that time.

You Can Help Make Dreams Come True

Anyone who wants to donate to the Jorge Portela Memorial Scholarship will be helping the tournament and helping a deserving student make it to college. Last year, $8,000 was raised through generous contributions. Unfortunately, the cost of college continues to rise, so please consider giving. Any amount is helpful and can keep Jorge’s legacy and the scholarship tradition alive and well into the future, helping more students realize their college dreams.