Hot Summer Fishing Tournaments in Gulf Shores & Orange Beach
If you love to watch beautiful sportfishing boats cruise around Alabama waters and especially relish big fish being hoisted onto the scales, it’s time to mark your calendars for the 2020 fishing season along the Alabama Gulf Coast.
The tournament season is scheduled to kick off with the Alabama Gulf Coast Slam, which tentatively scheduled for April 20-May 19. With daily weigh-ins at Zeke’s Marina, the event is designed to give anglers a new venue to compete before boats get busy during tourist season. Anglers will compete in two categories, one for recreational anglers fishing on charter boats and one for recreational anglers fishing from private boats, piers, jetties and the beach.
The competition is further divided into type of fishing. The Inshore Slam categories include white trout, speckled trout, sheepshead and slot (16-26 inches) redfish. The Near Shore Slam categories are bonita, jack crevalle, king mackerel and Spanish mackerel. The Reef Fish Slam includes black (gray or mangrove) snapper, scamp, white snapper and vermilion snapper. The Blue Water Slam categories include dolphin (mahi), swordfish, tuna and wahoo.
For those who love to see the big-game species weighed in, the first billfish event of the season is the Orange Beach Billfish Classic (OBBC), scheduled May 12-17 at The Wharf Marina in Orange Beach. The Classic pits the Gulf Coast’s top big-game anglers in competition that includes blue marlin, tuna, wahoo and dolphin. Catch-and-release billfish categories are also included.
Next up is the Mobile Big Game Fishing Club Memorial Day event, set for May 21-25, at the club weigh dock at Orange Beach Marina. Like the OBBC, anglers will compete in marlin, tuna, wahoo and dolphin categories.
The Flora-Bama Fishing Rodeo, billed as “Every Man’s” fishing event, is scheduled June 12-14 at the Flora-Bama Ole River Grille. Anglers will fish Friday, June 12 and Saturday, June 13 with the awards set for June 14 at the Flora-Bama Yacht Club. Categories range from saltwater catfish to billfish with a side category for spearfishers.