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Jimmy Johnson Expanding His $1 Million Guaranteed Purse Fishing Tournament to Atlantic City, NJ

Atlantic City, NJ, November 17, 2020—Newly Inducted Pro Football Hall of Fame Coach, Coach Jimmy Johnson, is making his way up north for Summer 2021 to extend his world-class fishing tournament from South Florida to Atlantic City, NJ.

Annually, Jimmy Johnson’s “Quest for the Ring” Championship Fishing Week, Florida is hosted in March at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s Guitar Hotel with fishing happening across South Florida featuring renowned parties, a guaranteed $1 Million purse, and entry into Coach Johnson’s famed Ring of Honor, where an annual coveted championship ring is at stake.

Coach Johnson has teamed up with the Atlantic City Sports Commission to add on to the series and bring this high stakes and overly entertaining competitive sportfishing experience to Atlantic City, July 12-17, 2021, hosted at the Frank S. Farley State Marina at Golden Nugget Casino, Hotel & Marina.

Another $1 Million Guaranteed Purse is up for grabs and as Coach Johnson always says, “COME & GET IT!” Jimmy Johnson’s Atlantic City ‘Quest for the Ring’ Championship Fishing Week will celebrate the magic of Atlantic City as a destination tournament and will feature extreme competition and celebratory parties each night of the week for the teams and their guests and families.

When making your plans for next summer, think about all the fun guests JJFISHWEEKAC will have. The July 12-17, 2021 week will include a kick-off party at the Golden Nugget Hospitality Village, that will stay open all week long, 3-days of leave it out on the waters tournament competition, a charitable celebrity pro-am day, a team dine around night, where teams will select to dine at various official participating restaurants at select partner casinos around Atlantic City, an ultimate gifting experience, where a wagon will be provided to help you roll out all the goods, and a closing awards bash not to be missed, hosted by presenting sponsor, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City, featuring a night of live entertainment and more to collect your checks and dance the night away.

Jimmy Johnson’s Atlantic City ‘Quest for the Ring’ Championship Fishing Week is brought to you in partnership with the Atlantic City Sports Commission, hosted at the Golden Nugget Casino, Hotel & Marina, presented by Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City, powered by Contender Boats and Yamaha Outboards, and fueled by Papa’s Pilar Rum.

The $1 Million Guaranteed Purse will be broken down into the following categories: General Entry will start at $5,000 and be paid out 30 percent for White Marlin, 30 percent for Blue Marlin, 30 percent for Tuna, 5 percent for Wahoo, and 5 percent for Dolphin, each paying out top 2 places. Additional optional entries will include a White Marlin category, Blue Marlin category, Tuna category, and a Wahoo and Dolphin category, each paying out top 2 places and Daily optionals will be available for each species.


JJ fish week boatsPhoto Credit: Chris Rabil


The final optional entry category includes a Winner Take All, Catch & Release division, powered by Yamaha, where 90 percent will be paid out to the winner and 10 percent will be donated to support the Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA). The Recreational Fishing Alliance was set up in 1996 to safeguard the rights of saltwater anglers, protect marine, boat and tackle industry jobs and ensure the long-term sustainability of U.S. saltwater fisheries. The winner of the coveted Championship Rings will be the team who brings home the largest amount of the purse across all categories.As Johnson stated at last year’s Closing Awards Party in South Florida, “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 expand our exciting and competitive fishing tournament week up to one of my favorite destinations, Atlantic City, NJ. We look forward to seeing everyone in July and remember, IT’S ALL ABOUT THE RING!”

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Fish Hard Events to bring this world-class event to our seaside destination,” said Larry Sieg, president and CEO of Meet AC and the Atlantic City Sports Commission. “We are well positioned to host these type of outdoor sporting events that encourage new visitation and increase economic impact to our destination.”

Additional hosting sponsors for the tournament include Garmin Marine, Oakley Eyewear, Seakeeper, Mahalo Spirits, to additionally include Treaty Oak and Waterloo Gin, Tunaskin Apparel, and Dennis Friel and Connected by Water, the official tournament artist.

To fish for the entire $1 Million Guaranteed Purse, across the board entry will be $28,000 and early entry discounts and accommodation credits will start November 10, with a limited number of entries based on each tier of discount. Hotel and slip accommodations for the tournament will be available across Atlantic City at participating casinos and the marina. The team at Fish Hard Events, the management team behind JJFISHWEEK, will be available in the tournament office to assist with booking.

For more information, visit or call 305-255-3500.

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