DAUPHIN ISLAND, Ala. (WALA) - From the early morning cannon blast to the final minutes of the weigh in, it's the world largest fishing tournament. And this year, the 80th Alabama Deep Sea Rodeo was a huge success. Thousands of anglers fished from Friday, July 19 through Sunday, July 21 in a variety of weather conditions.
The turnout was solid despite the fact that the Red Snapper, Triggerfish, and Amberjack categories were all closed this year.
Dr. Bob Shipp with the University of South Alabama said a number of nice fish were brought in. As usual, the crowd favorite's – sharks - came to the scales throughout the weekend.
Marcus Kennedy won master angler with a 3.47 lb Vermillion Snapper, plus a second place grouper and a second place scamp. Terry Kilgore brought in a rodeo record Lane Snapper. Lane snapper is a new category added to offset the closer of the Red Snapper. One of the real surprises came in with a redfish that was too big to include in the 16"-26" rodeo slot limit. Al Mead landed 45.6 lb redfish that is a candidate to be the new state record and he wasn't disappointed.
Enhancements to the speckled trout and big game categories made for an enticing draw. A newly added no motor division was popular with kayak fisherman. As usual plenty of cash, prizes, and boats were awarded.
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