Capt. Billy Knowles
As a fourth-generation keys fishing guide, he was a true pioneer of the Florida Keys inshore fishery. He collected wins in all of the prestigious backcountry tournaments and received the IGFA Tommy Gifford Award. In addition to his skill and success on the water, he was the unofficial mayor of Islamorada and was a father figure and true friend to the fishing community in Islamorada.
He was an original founder of The Poor Boys Tournament and it remained a cherished annual competition every single year. We plan to honor him by renaming the tournament
The Annual Billy Knowles Memorial Poor Boys Tarpon Fly.