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Fellow Anglers and Rodeo Supporters,

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It is my honor and pleasure to welcome you to the 81st Annual Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo. On behalf of the Executive Committee, Board of Directors, Advisors and Past Presidents, I would like to thank you for your continued support. Without the support of the entire community, this event would not be possible.

When LG Adams, Sr. and the co-founders of our event went fishing and instigated a plan to hold the first Rodeo in 1929, I am quite sure no one ever expected that it would be passed through this many generations. Since the Mobile Junior Chamber of Commerce took leadership of the tournament in 1948, it has grown from a small town fishing tournament to a Guinness World Records recognized event. While most people see the product of our efforts as a fishing tournament, the real result is leadership training. I am proud to follow in the footsteps of over fifty Rodeo Presidents and hundreds of committee members who have made this tournament work over the years.

Over 85 years, our history has grown larger than a book or a photograph, so my first order of business as Rodeo President was to name a historian. I challenged him to collect and preserve rodeo memorabilia and record the history of this tournament. Many of our Jaycee members carry on a family legacy of serving on the Rodeo Committee. I was proud to select the Grandson of 1952 Rodeo president Jesse Acree to serve in this position. This year’s tournament guide features some of the many photographs and documents we have collected.

The Rodeo executive committee has worked for an entire year to bring the 81st tournament to fruition. They have attended more than 24 meetings, spending hundreds of hours away from their homes and families. This year’s rodeo is host to the largest prize package ever in the Rodeo’s 81 year history. Anglers will compete for up to one million dollars in cash and prizes anchored by 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, an aluminum trailer, and will include an Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo logo embroidered leaning post. The Pronto Pawn king mackerel jackpot will include a random drawing of all participants, who enter a legal fish, for a 2014 Honda Recon 4 wheeler. In the Sunrise Marine / Carolina Skiff Speckled Trout Jackpot jackpot all entrants weighing a legal fish will be entered into a random drawing for an 18' JVX Carolina Skiff with a Yamaha motor and trailer.

Last year’s addition of the Cash prize division was an overwhelming success. Anglers will again be able to compete for cash in the Big Game, King Mackerel and Speckled Trout divisions. We hope to grow the cash prize division during the 81st tournament by encouraging all anglers to take the competition to the next level.

This year, we continued our tradition of giving back to the community and supporting science education in 2014 through donations to The University of South Alabama Marine Science Department, The American Cancer Society, Dauphin Island Elementary School, The Billfish Foundation, 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 eighty one years. Special thanks to our major sponsors, including: Contender Boats, Gulf Shores Power Sports, Carolina Skiff, Boat Mart, Yamaha Motor Corp., McConnell Automotive, Mojo Sportswear, Academy Sports and Outdoors, Costa Del Mar, Crown Royal, Pronto Pawn, Coca-Cola, Raymarine, The Grounds and the Mobile Jaycees for their continued support. I’d also like to thank our friends in the local media: Jeff Dute and the Press-Register, 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, along with 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 station.

Gene Fox

President
81st Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo