Tournaments Overview

Ancient City Game Fish Association (ACGFA) Challenge Tournaments!

Back Water Challenge dates are TBD 2023

Kingfish Challenge dates are July 14 – 15, 2023.

The Ancient City Challenge Tournaments is a three-day tournament and celebration of fishing in the Ancient City. Our beloved, not-for-profit and locally produced fishing tournament has nearly two decades of history in St. Johns County and is a tournament that celebrates family fun, our waterways and our community.  Most proceeds from the event go to support local charities and to our offshore restoration efforts including the upkeep of our 40-acre artificial reefs which include Andy King Reef, Honest Jim Blalock Reef, and our “Eternal Reef” which is dedicated to the placement of reef balls that provides the opportunity for families to place the ashes of loved ones as a final resting place.

For the fourth year, as part of our conservation efforts, we are encouraging live release of all redfish after weigh-in. The Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) will be on site to assist with proper release, questions and techniques.

This tournament would not be possible without the help of our many volunteers and sponsors. We hope that you enjoy the weekend, thank the volunteers for their efforts, and support our sponsors when you can.

2022 Challenge Director – Stephen Strickland (904) 669-0295

NEW 2021 Challenge Prize Structures!


Schedule of events:

Thursday, July 7th – Kid’s Night
5-7pm – Junior Angler Registration
5-7:30pm – Kid’s Clinic
7:30pm – Junior Angler Captain’s Meeting

Friday, July 8th
7am – 3pm – Junior Angler Tournament
1 – 3pm – Junior Angler Weigh-In
3:30pm – Junior Angler Awards
4-7pm – Final Registration for Kingfish and Backwater Challenge
4pm – close – Live Music, Food, Cash Bar, Raffle, Vendors
7pm – Mandatory Captains Meeting

Saturday, July 9th
6am – Lines In
2-6pm – Music, Food, Cash Bar, Vendors
3-5pm – Weigh-In

Awards will follow after weigh-in closes and scores are tallied.

Our Sponsors