84th Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo
Get ready for the 84th Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo, otherwise known as the World's Largest Fishing Tournament, next weekend July 21-23. Located on Dauphin Island, the Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo is the oldest and largest multi-species saltwater tournament in the country. Founded in 1929, the fishing rodeo now attracts over 3,000 anglers and 75,000 spectators. This tournament is a 3-day Captain's Choice tournament and a Southern Kingfish Association (SKA) sanctioned event. The total awards package is valued up to one million dollars in cash and prizes and anchored by boat, motor, and trailer packages. There are 30 categories featured in this tournament with prizes awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in all categories. One Master Angler is also awarded along with cash prizes for King Mackerel, Speckled Trout and Big Game Jackpots.
Fishing begins at 5:00 a.m. Friday, July 21 with the ceremonial cannon blast at the ADSFR site, and concludes at 5:00 p.m. Sunday, July 23. The weigh station will be open from 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. The Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo currently holds the Guinness World Records title for the World's largest fishing tournament. The Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo has donated over $200,000 to the University of South Alabama's Department of Marine Sciences and annually funds academic scholarships.
Tickets are $50 per angler and can be purchased at the following locations: Academy Sports and Outdoors (Mobile, West Mobile and Foley), Autry Greer & Sons, Blue Water Ships Store, Tackle This Shoot That, Howell & Associates, J&M Tackle, Quints Hardware & Sporting Goods, Southern Bama, Dority's Bar & Grill and Fins Bar.