Fellow Anglers and Rodeo Supporters,
It is with great honor and pleasure that I welcome you to the 82nd Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo. I want to thank you all on behalf of the Executive Committee, Board of Directors, Advisers, Committee members, and our families, without your continued support our tournament could not be possible. When local business owners organized the first Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo in 1929, I doubt they could have pictured it growing from a small town fishing tournament to the world’s oldest and largest fishing tournament, recognized by Guinness World Records in 2011. Even though I cannot imagine they would have known what it could grow in to, I do know they would be extremely proud of the leaders in our community our tournament has developed over its rich history.
On behalf of the Mobile Jaycees I would like to thank all of our sponsors, anglers, spectators and volunteers. You are the true heartbeat of this tournament, and with your continued support, it only goes to show that our heartbeat grows stronger as the tournament grows older.
The Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo remains committed to the Conservation of Marine Resources and giving back to the Mobile Community. We will continue to fund multiple graduate level scholarships for the Department of Marine Science and the University of South Alabama. Over the years, the Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo has donated in excess of $200,000 to the Department of Marine Science at the University of South Alabama. This year, in additions to having The Billfish Foundation, we are also excited to have the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation to assist in our conservation efforts. We look forward to funding the Mobile Jaycees Children’s Shopping Tour, with the proceeds from the Ray Martin Young Anglers Tournament. This funding provides local children the opportunity to shop for Christmas gifts for their families.
As fisheries change, tournaments change as well; including species fished, rules, prizes, and conservation efforts. All these changes bring their own set of challenges our tournament must respond to and evolve with in order to continue the greatest tournament in the world! My first order as president for this year’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors was to pull together and find new ways to continue our tradition of putting on a first class fishing tournament. With unsurpassed prizes, and conservation in mind, we have made some great additions to this year’s tournament.
The Rodeo Executive Committee has worked for an entire year, attended more than 24 meetings and spent countless hours away from their families and friends. This year’s Rodeo is not only host to the largest boat to be given away at the rodeo, but also the largest awards package in its 82 year history. Anglers will compete for up to one million dollars in cash and prizes. Our prize package is anchored by a 22’ Contender boat, Yamaha motor, and trailer package; awarded through a random drawing of all anglers who weigh a legal fish during the ADSFR. The Pronto Pawn King Mackerel Jackpot will include a random drawing of all participants weighing a legal fish, for a 2015 Honda Recon 4 wheeler. In the Yamaha Motor Speckled Trout Jackpot, all entrants weighing a legal fish will be entered into a random drawing for a Yamaha motor. The addition of our Cash Prize Division to the 80th ADSFR has been a huge success. Anglers will again be able to compete for cash in the Big Game, King Mackerel, and Speckled Trout divisions. We hope to continue to grow the cash prize division during the 82nd tournament by encouraging all anglers to take the competition to another level.
In addition to Catch and Release Tarpon we are doubling our conservation efforts by partnering with Guy Harvey and the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation in creating the Catch and Release Shark Division. Participants in the division will be competing for $10,000 in cash and other prizes. The Rodeo is proud to support conservation and look forward to many years of the effort.
This year we continued our tradition of giving back to the community and supporting science education in 2015 through donations to the University of South Alabama Marine Science Department, The American Cancer Society, The Billfish Foundation. In addition we also made donations to the City of Dauphin Island and the Mobile Jaycees Christmas Shopping Tour.
I would like to thank all the anglers, sponsors, and volunteers for their steadfast support of the Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo throughout the past 82 years. Special thanks to our major sponsors, including: Contender Boats, Yamaha Motor Corp., McConnell Automotive, The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, Academy Sports and Outdoors, Costa Sunglasses, Raymarine, Mojo Sportswear, Lit Coolers, Coca-Cola, Crown Royal, Exxon Mobile, Pronto Pawn, The Grounds and the Mobile Jaycees for their continued support. I’d also like to thank our friends in local media: Jeff Dute and the PressRegister, AL.com, Wayne Gardner and Sean Sullivan of FM Talk 106.5, WNSP, WZEW, WKSJ, WALA, WPMI, and WKRG. Finally, I would like to thank the town of Dauphin Island, including the town council, police department, public works department and mayor Jeff Collier.
I wish you tight lines, fair seas and look forward to seeing you at the weigh stations.
Kevin R. Maurin Jr.
82nd Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo