The sound of a cannon going off signaled the start of the 80th Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo on Dauphin Island. It began Friday, July 19 at 5 a.m. and the weighing stations will officially close Sunday, July 21, 2013 at 5 p.m.
Fox10 News Reporter Michael Brannon was there when the cannon sounded and spent the morning talking with organizers about the three day event.
The ADSFR is a 3-day Captain's Choice tournament and a Southern Kingfish Association (SKA) sanctioned event. The total awards package is valued at over $400,000 and anchored by two boat, motor, and trailer packages.
The ADSFR is a Project of the Mobile Jaycees and is the largest fishing tournament in the world. Founded in 1929, the fishing rodeo now attracts over 3,000 anglers and 75,000 spectators.
The 3-day event features 30 categories with prizes awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in all categories. One Master Angler is also awarded along with cash prizes for King Mackerel, Speckled Trout and Big Game Jackpots.
The ADSFR has donated over $150,000 to the University of South Alabama Department of Marine Sciences and annually funds academic scholarships.
Visit the Rodeo's official website at www.adsfr.com
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