#JJFishWeek Takes Place March 1-5, 2022 across South Florida featuring the 2-Day Quest for the Ring Catch & Release Championship, a $1 Million Guaranteed Purse in Partnership with Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla., and a Sportfish Weighted Tournament coinciding with the tournament week.


Greater Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (February 23, 2022) – Presented by Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla., the 11th Annual Jimmy Johnson’s “Quest for the Ring” Championship Fishing Week will take over South Florida March 1-5, 2022, additionally hosted by Visit Lauderdale, with tournament headquarters based at Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood in Broward. The annual 4-day fishing tournament includes the 2-day Quest for the Ring Catch & Release Championship, and new this year, the Sportfish Weighted Tournament taking place as a separate tournament during the event week. Hosted by Contender Boats, powered by Yamaha and fueled by Papa’s Pilar Rum, the 2-Day Billfish Championship features the World’s RICHEST guaranteed purse of $1 million, in partnership with Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood.  

Jimmy Johnson’s “Quest for the Ring” Championship Fishing Week is “all about the ring!” according to Coach Johnson. Each year teams vie for their champion rings and entrance into the highly coveted Ring of Honor, an elite group of champions who have taken home the top prize at this exciting competition. Members include Hardway, 4 Aces, Weez In the Keys, Native Son, Rock Star, Astra Sails, Sandman, and JICHI - the newest member. Each year the overall champions receive Jimmy’s famed National Championship Ring. Renowned for the best parties, the highest guaranteed purse and the ultimate week of fishing, tournament highlights include celebrity charity days and highly competitive tournament showdowns. The final entry opportunity will be at the end of the Captain’s meeting on Tuesday, March 1, if spots are still available.

As Johnson stated, “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 Hollywood join us as we showcase the thrilling challenge of sportfishing and to move our hosting of our event to such a beautiful destination in Greater Fort Lauderdale. We look forward to seeing everyone in March!”

The 2022 JJ’s Quest for the Ring Championship Fishing Week Schedule includes the following events:

  • Tuesday, March 1: Kick Off Party hosted by High Noon Sun Sips at DAER at Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood
  • Wednesday, March 2: Michelob Ultra PRE-FISH day!
    • Official Host Marinas: Sailfish Marina, Bahia Mar, Miami Beach, and Ocean Reef (for members only)
  • Thursday, March 3:  Competition Day 1 for both the Billfish Tournament and Sportfish Tournament, presented by Contender Boats and Yamaha Outboards
  • Friday, March 4: Competition Day 2 for both the Billfish Tournament and Sportfish Tournament, presented by Contender Boats and Yamaha Outboards
    • 8PM: Weekend Welcome & Sponsor Appreciation Party hosted by Papa’s Pilar at Seminole Hard Rock
  • Saturday, March 5 at Hard Rock Event Center at Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood:
    • 1PM-7PM: Annual Gifting Experience & Trade Day hosted by Visit Lauderdale
    • 7PM: Closing Awards Bash brought to you by Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood and hosted by Cadilac

“Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood is proud to continue this exciting partnership with our friend Jimmy Johnson for his “Quest for the Ring” Championship Fishing Week,” said President of Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood Bo Guidry. “Each year, the tournament proves that it is Florida’s premier sport fishing competition and this year won’t be different. From the world’s richest guaranteed purse to the kick-off and closing-award parties, and from the gifting experience to the celebrity charity events, we are looking forward to hosting all the anglers at our property and seeing everyone on the docks throughout South Florida.”

“Greater Fort Lauderdale’s waters are teeming with a mind-blowing variety of fish and our amazing Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is a terrific place to party, so we are rigged and ready to welcome back Coach Jimmy Johnson and all the anglers back for this ultimate fishing experience,” says Stacy Ritter, president and CEO of Visit Lauderdale. “We are honored to support the tournament and popular gifting experience and we extend our best wishes for great fishing and fun for all.”

Contender Boats is the official center console boat sponsor and a presenting sponsor of the tournament along with the official outboard sponsor, Yamaha, and official spirits partner, Papa’s Pilar. Additional Hosting sponsors include Oakley Prizm, Michelob Ultra, Visit Lauderdale, Garmin, Celebrity Cruises, Hines Securities, Titos Vodka, Atlantic Radio Telephone, and Cadillac. Miami Retail Partner is Crook and Crook and Broward Retail Partner is Big Dog Tackle.  The official tournament artist and apparel provider is Connected by Water.  Additional event sponsors can be found on the event website.  

"Papa's Pilar is thrilled to continue its partnership with and participation in the Jimmy Johnson 'Quest for the Ring' Tournament," said Steve Groth, Founder of Papa's Pilar Rum. "Our dark and blonde rums were inspired by Ernest Hemingway's spirit of adventure and we hope you're just as inspired during this year's event."

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.