Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo Causes Business Boom on Dauphin Island | Mobile County Alabama News
DAUPHIN ISLAND, Alabama (WALA) – Alabama’s 88th Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo wrapped up on Dauphin Island on Sunday.
The fishing tournament drew thousands of people for the three-day event, sparking a boom for many businesses on the island.
According to a convenience store owner, their sales have doubled, almost tripling their normal amount due to a combination of fishermen, spectators and tourists.
A small business, Lighthouse Bakery said it has also seen a massive influx of customers.
“We certainly saw an additional flow of people and customers,” said Lighthouse Bakery owner Christa Jones, “they arrived later today as we’re used to seeing, so we made sure to do a lot more for everyone. “
Jones says they’re usually busy on the weekends, but not only did the rodeo attract more customers, but she was also responsible for feeding the rodeo organizers and volunteers, which made her store even busier.
“We did a great makeover for the Jaycees and all the volunteers there,” Jones said, “we fed 200 people this morning on top of our regular Sunday morning rush.”
Covid caused a smaller event last year, with many restrictions in place, but this year it was “all systems are gone”.
“It’s great to get back to the way things are supposed to be and to continue living and being back to being a normal, regular life,” Jones said.
Jones said she couldn’t thank people enough for coming to support the Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo and small businesses like hers on the island.
Thousands expected at Dauphin Island for 88th Annual Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo
Fun fact: The Guinness Book of Records proclaimed the Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo the largest fishing tournament in the world.
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