Need proof that Alabama is home to some of the finest seafood in the world?
Consider that the world’s largest fishing tournament is right here in Alabama. And yes, that’s been officially cosigned by the Guinness Book of World Records ever since 2011.
Now in its 83rd year, the Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo is a dream come true for serious fishermen and a wonderful introduction to Alabama’s Gulf Coast for new visitors.
“The rodeo is an incredible recreational fishing event,” said Chris Blankenship, director of Alabama Marine Resources and program administrator for the Alabama Seafood Marketing Commission. “It really shows what a great fishery we have here in coastal Alabama. The variety and size of both inshore and offshore species that come across the weigh station scales is truly amazing.”
This weekend, more than 3,000 anglers from all over will congregate on Dauphin Island to try their hand at 30 categories for a chance at their share of a cash/prizes package valued at up to $1 million.
This year’s prize package includes a Contender Boats vessel, a Pronto Pawn four-wheeler, an Eddy-Gear kayak, and even your own private reef courtesy of Reefmaker.
If you’re not competing this weekend, no matter—more than 75,000 spectators flock to the ADSFR each year, and this year there’s plenty of entertainment for the whole family.
There’ll be live music throughout the weekend, with a headlining set from the Mulligan Brothers at 6pm on Saturday. And you won’t want to miss the Contender boat giveaway at 6pm on Sunday or the Awards Ceremony at 6pm on Monday.
Anglers will be bringing their catches in to the weighing station throughout the day Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. If you want to feast your eyes on some of the biggest Marlin, Tuna, Mahi-Mahi, Wahoo, Sharks, and other species you’ve ever seen, now’s your chance.
And this year, expect the weigh-ins to be more focused around conservation, an important aspect of the ADSFR.
“I really like where the rodeo is headed on the conservation front,” Blankenship said. “I know many spectators liked seeing the big sharks hanging on a pole at the weigh in, but killing them like that is not the right thing to do. I agree with the switch to video catch and release for sharks and tarpon. The live weigh in for spotted sea trout and red drum, two of Alabama’s prized gamefish, also sends a clear conservation message. The fisheries research at the rodeo by the University of South Alabama really helps with our understanding of the resource.”
We’re proud to be associated with such a monumental event for the entire Gulf Coast, and we look forward to another great year of massive catches. Best of luck to all the anglers out there!