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Bud Light Fishing Rodeo this weekend

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Flounders Chowder House on Pensacola Beach will be the site for the Pensacola Bud Light Fishing Rodeo this weekend. It’s basically three tournaments in one with a rodeo, inshore challenge and a king mackerel challenge sanctioned by the Southern Kingfish Association.

The festivities will kick off Friday with a captain’s meeting for all participants. The registration tent will be open from 5 to 9 p.m., while dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m., and the rules will be reviewed at 7 p.m.

First-, second- and third-place prizes will be award for 20 different inshore and offshore species in the general rodeo, with each winner taking home a rod and reel in addition to a long list of other prizes.

Anglers competing in the Academy Sports Junior Rodeo will be divided into two groups, 10 years old and younger and 11-16. There will be 84 different junior angler spots to win. A full list of species can be found on the tournament website.

Entry into the rodeo is $30 per person, and four junior anglers 16 and younger may fish for free with each paid rodeo entry. If you’re interested in competing for some nice cash prizes you can enter the inshore challenge for $300 or king mackerel challenge for $350.

For those who want to watch the anglers bring in their catch, the weigh-in will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday and 12 to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Rodeo tickets and brochures are available at Gulf Breeze Bait and Tackle. For more details on the tournament or to sign up online, go to pensacolafishingrodeo.com.

Next weekend, anglers will compete in the 45th annual Pensacola International Billfish Tournament put on by the Pensacola Big Game Fishing Club. Since 1970, the tournament has become a tradition in downtown Pensacola.

The captains meeting will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Sanders Beach Community Center, and boats will be allowed to depart at 4 p.m. Thursday.

This is a great event for spectators, and the weigh-in will take place from 5-8 p.m. July 1 and from 3 until all boats are weighed July 2. The entry fee is $1,300 per boat, and anglers will be fishing for blue marlin, tuna, wahoo and dolphin.

More information about the event can be found on the Pensacola Big Game Fishing Club’s website at pbgfc.com or by calling (850) 453-4638.

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