Blue Marlin Grand Championship Orange Beach, AL

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.

Flora-Bama Fishing Rodeo Orange Beach, AL

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.

Tournament boats heading out of Perdido Pass in Orange Beach, AL

During that same time period, the Orange Beach Grand Slam, set June 11-13 at The Wharf Marina, will focus on conservation with a catch-and-release-only category for billfish. Anglers must use either artificial lures or dead bait for billfish. Tuna, dolphin and wahoo categories are available. 

Called the “Greatest Show in Sportfishing,” the Blue Marlin Grand Championship is scheduled July 15-19 at the Wharf Marina. Not only do spectators get to watch the big boats weigh in big fish, there’s plenty to keep everybody entertained at The Wharf while the boats are out fishing. Anglers will compete in billfish, tuna, wahoo and dolphin category with catch-and-release billfish also. 

With 30 categories, every angler can bring in one of their favorite fish at the 86th annual Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo, scheduled July 16-19 at the rodeo site on Dauphin Island. The rodeo is the largest saltwater fishing tournament in the nation with about 3,000 anglers participating annually.

The Mobile Big Game Fishing Club (MBGFC) will round out the big-game season with its Billfish Limited, set for July 24-26, followed by the MBGFC Ladies Tournament on July 31-Aug. 2, and finally the MBGFC Labor Day tournament Sept. 3-7. All events will hold weigh-ins at the clubhouse in Orange Beach Marina.

Don’t hesitate. Take your calendar down and write in the tournament dates to make sure you’re there for all the thrilling, big-fish action.

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David Rainer has written about the great outdoors on the Alabama Gulf Coast for more than 20 years. For 14 of those years, he covered the many fishing opportunities on the Gulf Coast as outdoors…