Dauphin Island, Alabama. (VALA) – Junior anglers showed off their skills Saturday at Dauphin Island ahead of the 89th Annual Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo next weekend.
The 64th annual Roy Martin Young Anglers Fishing Rodeo featured kids as young as 15, and before they were reeled in, they took part in the weigh-ins as they hoped for the top prize and, of course, bragging rights.
It’s all about letting them have fun and teaching beginner anglers how to do it.
“The kids have a rodeo today so they can go fishing. It’s great to see everyone here and it’s great to see all the new business on the island with all the people that are coming,” said Mason Spencer and Evan Montgomery.
“It’s great to introduce them to sports and sportsmanship and rules and categories and everything,” said Coleman Moore. “It’s nice to see that children come here and participate in such a tournament. Many of these anglers, as they grow and get older, will fish in our main event. It’s really neat. It’s nice to see all the kids here.”
A few laughing boys held out their hands to describe the biggest fish they had ever seen, three feet tall.
The Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo is the largest fishing tournament in the world with over 3,000 anglers and 75,000 spectators.
It all kicks off Thursday with the Liar Contest. Fishing starts on Friday.
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