2018-05-01 / Features


The Gulf Breeze Optimist Family Fishing Rodeo returns for its 43rd year on May 19-20. The event will be held at Shoreline Park South in Gulf Breeze, with weigh-ins Saturday and Sunday from 2-5 p.m.

This year, the rodeo will include an exciting new kayak division, and more than $7,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded. There is a $1,000 cash prize.

Entry fee is $15 before May 12 and $20 thereafter. Children 9 years old and younger will be admitted free with an adult entry.

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

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 dine for free on a fish dinner. 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:

Hook and Line Open Division: Amberjack * Bluefish * Bonito * Dolphin * Flounder * Grouper * King Mackerel * Lady Fish * Ling/Cobia * Mingo Snapper * Legal Snapper * Pompano * Redfish (most spots) * Sheepshead * Spanish Mackerel * Speckled Trout * Triggerfish * Tuna * Wahoo * White Trout * Whiting (Total of 21 species)

Kayak Division: Flounder * King Mackerel * Ladyfish * Mingo Snapper * Snapper * Redfish (most spots) * Spanish Mackerel * Speckled Trout * White Trout

Junior Division (Age 12 and younger): Bluefish * Croaker * King Mackerel * Ladyfish * Legal Snapper * Mingo Snapper * Pigfish * Pinfish * Redfish (most spots) * Spanish Mackerel * Speckled Trout * White Trout

All proceeds are used to benefit youth programs in the local community.

Gulf Breeze Optimist Club is a 501(c)(3) organization and all donations are tax deductible.

Join the Gulf Breeze Optimist 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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