Inaugural Alabama Gulf Coast Slam Kicks Off April 20
Part of the What's Biting Series
One fun aspect of anglers of all kind is they love to compete and see who can catch the biggest fish. Those anglers will have a brand new tournament to judge their fishing skills when the inaugural Alabama Gulf Coast Slam kicks off April 20, 2019. The tournament, which is designed to give anglers a new venue to compete before tourist season starts, will have daily weigh-ins each day at Zeke’s Marina through May 18, 2019
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 sheepshead, slot (16-26 inches) redfish, speckled trout and white trout. 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.
Charter boats and recreational boats must register to enter the Slam at least 24 hours prior to weighing a fish. Registration fees for charter vessels range from $150 for inshore guides to $450 for headboats. Registration fees for recreational vessels are $50 for kayak/paddle board, $150 for boats under 25-feet, 11 inches, and $250 for vessels larger than 25-11.