What's Biting: Conservation focus of 2015 Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo
Conservation will be the main theme when the 82nd annual Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo (ADSFR) brings more than 3,000 anglers to the Alabama Gulf Coast for three days of fishing July 17-19.
[caption id="attachment_5131" align="alignright" width="300"] The ADSFR has added an optional live weigh-in for all speckled trout jackpot entrants.[/caption]
The ADSFR has added an optional live weigh-in for all speckled trout jackpot entrants. If the angler weighs a live fish, they will have a chance for a $1,500 top prize. A $500 gift card will be given in a random drawing from among all live weigh-in participants.
Fortunately for Baldwin County anglers who fish the rodeo, the mandatory captain's meetings for the Guy Harvey Shark category, the Raymarine Big Game Jackpot, and the Pronto Pawn King Mackerel Jackpot will again have a location in Orange Beach at J&M Tackle. The mandatory captain's meeting and sign-out for the Guy Harvey Shark category is at 5 p.m. July 16 at J&M Tackle and at the rodeo's Dauphin Island site. The mandatory captain's meetings for the Raymarine Big Game Jackpot, Pronto Pawn King Mackerel Jackpot, and the optional cash prize division will be from 6-8 p.m. July 16 at J&M Tackle and the ADSFR site on Dauphin Island. Anglers unable to attend the captain's meetings must sign out at the ADSFR site by 5 a.m. on July 17. Late sign-out is not available in Orange Beach.
In another conservation move, The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation is sponsoring the Shark catch and release special category with a guaranteed $10,000 payout. If more than 30 boats enter the special shark category, entrants will have a chance to win a 50/50 split of the pot. Shark anglers will be awarded points according to species with a mako shark worth 6 points while bull sharks, hammerheads, and tiger sharks are worth 4 points each.
Thanks to the Alabama state waters season on red snapper and gray triggerfish during the month of July, the ADSFR was able to add those species back into the rodeo. Anglers who catch those species during the rodeo should be aware that Alabama authorities are enforcing a 9-mile limit for state waters while federal authorities recognize a 3-mile limit for state waters.
Every angler who weighs in a legal fish in the 82nd ADSFR will be entered into a drawing for a 22-foot Contender Boat outfitted with a Yamaha motor with trailer.
Named the World's Largest Fishing Tournament by Guinness World Records in 2011, the Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo will have 30 fish categories with more than $500,000 in cash and prizes.
As a prelude to the big rodeo and a chance to let the future anglers shine, the 57th Annual Roy Martin Young Anglers Tournament, sponsored by Exxon-Mobil, will be held Saturday, July 11. The tournament begins at 5 a.m., and the weigh station will be open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. The Roy Martin event is open to all anglers 15 years old and younger. The proceeds from the Roy Martin Young Angler's Tournament will go towards the annual Children's Christmas Shopping Tour sponsored by the Mobile Jaycees.
The weigh station at the rodeo site will be open from 10 a.m.to 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Fishing will begin with a ceremonial cannon blast at 5 a.m. on July 17 and will conclude with another cannon blast at 5 p.m. July 19.
Over the last 10 years, the Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo has donated more than $200,000 towards marine research and scholarships to the University Of South Alabama Department Of Marine Science.
Visit www.adsfr.com for more details and ticket locations.