Final day of Fishing Rodeo reels in big turnout

DAUPHIN ISLAND, Ala. (WALA) – Officials with the 81st Annual Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo said the third and final day proved to be the busiest day of the weekend’s festivities.

After the traditional closing cannon was fired at 5 p.m., Sunday, July 20, two record-breaking fish were recorded in the rodeo’s history books – a 69 lb king mackerel, and a 8.89 lb speckled trout.

The anglers who reeled in those prize catches could end up winning an upwards of some $8,000.

It’s a price well-deserved.

With heavy thunderstorms rocking the Gulf Coast throughout the weekend, many fishermen told FOX10 it was not easy to fill up their boats with fish.

“It was a grind from start to finish, and luckily we were in the right spot and we were able to catch some good fish and fill the boat up and come home with a good bounty, so we’re thrilled,” said angler Stephen Yarborough.

Officials said some 3,000 people competed in the tournament.

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