Steady action as the Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo returns to shape
Organizers got an early sign on Saturday that the action would be intense at Alabama’s 88th Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo.
“It started off fantastically,” said rodeo advertising president Mark Schambeau. “Each wharf was full at 9 am, we had boats lined up waiting for the weigh-in at 10 am.”
So began the second day of the three-day tournament presented by the Mobile Jaycees, and Schambeau said it looked like things were heading for a big finish on Sunday. The thunderstorms made things interesting for inshore fishermen on Friday, he said, but did not disturb the large boats sailing far out into the Gulf, where the waters remained relatively smooth.
“The offshore guys, in good weather, they’re going to stay offshore,” Schambeau said. Translation: They’ll stay there hunting the big game and won’t return until they have to, reaching the docks around 5 p.m. when a cannon fires will signal the end of the game.
However, there was still plenty to see at the Dauphin Island weigh station on Saturday. Team Ameriboat weighed in a 118-pound yellowfin tuna that went straight to the top of its class standings.
David Rogers weighed in on something much smaller, but just as likely to grab attention: one of the poisonous lionfish that has taken over the Gulf ecology in recent years. By early Saturday afternoon, the thorny and fierce specimen was the only one of its kind to be introduced.
“This is the first one I have ever caught with a rod and reel,” Rogers said, adding that he had shot a lot with a crossbow. The fish was carefully examined by the Dauphin Island Sea Lab’s rodeo science team before entering the display tank – where it was kept in a separate plastic container so that no one came in contact with its fish. poisonous thorns.
The action was steady on the docks early Saturday, with a steady stream of boats arriving but no traffic jams. That will likely change on Sunday, as the final cannon approaches.
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The Dauphin Island rodeo site will be open to the public Saturday and Sunday with no admission fee. Weigh station closes at 7 p.m. on Saturdays, with music by The Molly Ringwalds at 7:30 p.m.
The weigh station hours of operation on Sunday are 10 am to 5 pm, with music by Keith Burns at 2:30 pm and raffles for the winning boats at 6:30 pm An awards ceremony will begin Monday at 6 p.m. at Grounds in Mobile.