2018-03-01 / Features



The Gulf Breeze Optimist Club Family Fishing Rodeo returns for its 43rd year on May 19-20. This year, the rodeo will include an exciting new kayak division.

More than $6,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded. There will also be a $1,000 cash prize.

Entry fee is $20 before May 12 and $25 thereafter. Kids age 9 and younger will be admitted free with an adult entry. The event will be held at Shoreline Park South in Gulf Breeze, with weigh-ins both days from 2 to 5 p.m. A kids’ fishing clinic for children ages 5 through 12 will be that Saturday morning at Shoreline Park South. Each child will receive a rod and reel.

Come watch the weigh ins, enjoy a fish dinner and bid on silent auction items. Ticket holders and their registered children, ages 9 and younger, may eat a fish dinner for free. Hot dogs will be free for all. All others may purchase a fish dinner for $5.

For information on booth rental, contact Lisa Newell at (850) 380-7887.

First, second and third-place prizes will be awarded in the following categories:

Amberjack * Bluefish * Bonito * Croaker * Dolphin * Flounder * Grouper * King Mackerel * Lady Fish * Ling/Cobia * Other Legal Snapper * Pompano * Redfish * Red Snapper * Sheepshead * Spanish Mackerel * Speckled Trout * Yellow Fin Tuna * Black Fin Tuna * Wahoo * White Trout * Whiting (Total of 22 species)

In the Kayak Division, first, second and third-place prizes will be awarded in the following categories:

Flounder * Redfish (biggest) * Redfish (most spots) * Speckled Trout * White Trout

Tickets are available at Gulf Breeze Bait and Tackle, Half Hitch Bait and Tackle Navarre, Outcast Bait and Tackle Pensacola and Avalon Bait and Tackle in Milton.

All proceeds are used to benefit youth programs in the local community. Gulf Breeze Optimist Club is a 501©(3) organization and all donations are tax deductible. Join the club and make a positive impact on the lives of youth.

For more information, contact Verne Rhodes at (850) 261-3731 or Eric Hultman at (703) 585-2954.

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