Fellow Anglers and Rodeo Supporters,
It is my honor and pleasure to welcome you to the 80th Annual Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo. On behalf of the Executive Committee, Board of Directors, and Advisors, let me say thank you! Without your continued support this tournament would not be possible.
When the group of local business owners organized the first Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo in 1929 I cannot imagine they ever thought it would grow to be recognized by Guinness World RecordsŪ as the largest and oldest fishing tournament in the world, in 2011. This fact would not exist without the decades of support from our anglers, spectators, sponsors, and volunteers.
As always Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo remains committed to the conservation of marine resources and giving back to the Mobile community. We will continue our tradition of funding multiple graduate level scholarships for the Department of Marine Sciences at the University of South Alabama. In recent years, the ADSFR has donated in excess of $150,000 to the USA Department of Marine Sciences, with these funds being matched by the USA Foundation. This year we are excited to have The Billfish Foundation join us on site to assist in the conservation efforts of the ADSFR. We look forward to giving back to the Mobile community by funding the Mobile Jaycee chapter's Christmas Shopping Tour with the proceeds from the Roy Martin Young Anglers Tournament. The Shopping Tour allows local children an opportunity to purchase Christmas gifts for their friends and family.
In the wake of diminishing recreational fishing opportunities, I issued the 80th executive committee a challenge to find new ways to attract new anglers and present returning anglers with new prospects. It is with great pleasure I present to you the additions we have implemented for this year's Rodeo. The 80th Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo will include The Crown Royal Big Game Cash Prize Divisions. Anglers competing in the Big Game Jackpot may choose to compete in one or more cash division levels with only the other boats that have entered that level. The Big Game Cash Prize Division will also include a category for Blue Marlin, and Catch and Release Billfish. The tournament also features cash prize divisions in King Mackerel and Speckled Trout. In addition, the 80th Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo will feature the Fairhope Boat Company "No Motor" category inside the Speckled Trout jackpot. Where anglers in kayaks, jon boats, or on foot compete not only the top cash payout, but also for a Hobie Pro angler 12, Jackson Cuda 14, or Native Slayer 12.
Once again the executive committee has put together an outstanding awards package which could total one million dollars in cash and prizes and features two boat, motor, and trailer packages. Through a random drawing of all anglers who weigh-in a legal fish during the ADSFR, we will give away a 21' Contender Boat, courtesy of Contender Boats and Gulf Shores Power Sports. The boat will be outfitted with a Yamaha outboard motor, a Loadmaster aluminum trailer, and will include an Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo logo embroidered leaning post. The Pronto Pawn/ Goldstein's Jewelry king mackerel jackpot will include a random drawing of all participants, who enter a legal fish, for a 2013 Honda Recon and a Tag Heuer Aquaracer watch. In the Carolina Skiff/ Boat Mart Speckled Trout jackpot all entrants weighing a legal fish will be entered into a random drawing for an 18' JVX Carolina Skiff with a Yamaha motor, EZ Load trailer.
The Master Angler of the Roy Martin Young Anglers Tournament will receive a $500.00 savings bond courtesy of the Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo. One lucky participant in the Roy Martin Young Anglers Tournament will have an artificial reef deployed in their name courtesy of Reefmaker Artificial Reefs through a random drawing of all participants.
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 eighty years. Special thanks to our major sponsors, including: Contender Boats, Gulf Shores Power Sports, Carolina Skiff, Boat Mart, Yamaha Motor Corp., Academy Sports and Outdoors, Costa Del Mar, Crown Royal, Pronto Pawn, Goldstein's, Eagle Towers, Coca-Cola, Springhill Toyota, Garmin and Gulf Distributing for their continued support. We'd also like to thank our friends in the local media: Jeff Dute and the Press-Register, Wayne Gardner and Sean Sullivan from FM Talk 106.5, WNSP, WZEW, WKSJ, WNTM, WALA, WPMI, and WKRG. Finally, I would like to thank the town of Dauphin Island, along with its town council, police department and mayor, Jeff Collier, and the Mobile Jaycees.
The Executive Committee, Board of Directors, Advisors, and I thank you for your participation in the 80th Annual Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo. Good luck, safe fishing and we will see you at the weigh station.
80th Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo