Jimmy Johnson’s Atlantic City ‘Quest for the Ring’ Championship Fishing Week
July 12-17, 2021

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 (JJFISHWEEKFL) 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 (JJFISHWEEKAC) 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% for White Marlin, 30% for Blue Marlin, 30% for Tuna, 5% for Wahoo, and 5% 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. The final optional entry category includes a Winner Take All, Catch & Release division, powered by Yamaha, where 90% will be paid out to the winner and 10% 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 10th, with 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 www.questfortheringac.com or call 305-255-3500.

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Fish Hard Events hosts a series of fishing tournaments that bring together an increased level of entertainment to elevate the traditional fishing tournament. Jimmy Johnson’s Quest for the Ring Championship Fishing Week, Florida (JJFISHWEEK – FL) takes place annually across South Florida in March with the World’s Richest Guaranteed Purse and a week filled with experiences in partnership with Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, FL. JJFISHWEEK - AC is the newest addition to the tournament list bringing the recipe of South Florida’s successful high stakes sportfishing week to Atlantic City, July 2021. And lastly, the culmination is the annual Miami Billfish Tournament of Champions, an invite only tournament in Miami Beach annually in November that will bring back the famed Miami Billfish tournament, in partnership with Yamaha and Contender, and bring together the elite of sportfishing to take part in a tournament to kick off the season where high stakes sportfishing meets Miami Beach’s famed culinary scene. More information can be found at www.fishhardevents.com or online, @fishhard.

The Atlantic City Sports Commission was officially formed on January 13, 2015 as a 501 (c)(3) organization with the support of Meet AC and the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) to attract sporting events, conventions and competitions to Atlantic City.

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