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Ready to Take Your Fishing Bragging Rights to the Next Level?

Get in on Pensacola’s summer fishing rodeo action and collect some cash for your big catch!

The Pensacola Bay Area has long been known as an angler’s paradise, and each summer the destination’s world-class saltwater fishing is showcased when these popular tournaments attract fishermen from around the region to test their angling skills in the Gulf of Mexico.

The competitions are held in June as the peak of the saltwater fishing season begins in the Pensacola Bay Area. The destination’s variety of saltwater fishing is unlike anywhere else on the Gulf Coast. Estuaries stretching from Perdido Bay to Pensacola Bay and East Bay provide a rich influx of nutrients and food to support one of the region’s most prolific recreational fisheries.

Flora-Bama Fishing Rodeo – Leading off the month of June, Flora-Bama's rodeo takes place at the Flora-Bama Yacht Club on the Florida-Alabama state line. This tournament is an everyman’s fishing rodeo and even offers a kid’s division. The rodeo has anglers competing in 30 categories ranging from catfish to billfish and everything in between. Accompanying the tournament is a three-day beach party and awards ceremony that will include daily weigh-ins with a fish viewing area, live music, and great food. A portion of the proceeds from the tournament will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Foundation. Learn more at

The Pensacola Bud Light Fishing Rodeo – Several popular events are part of this rodeo, including the general rodeo, the Academy Sports And Outdoors Junior Rodeo, King Challenge and the Aqua Pool & Patio Inshore Challenge. The tournament is one of the largest in the region and challenges anglers to catch the heaviest king mackerel, redfish, flounder, speckled trout, and cobia. For more information, visit

The Bill Hargreaves Fishing Rodeo – Started in 1971 with just 18 anglers, today the event hands out cash prizes for 12 different categories of fish in the Open Division, totaling over $7,200. There are 32 fish categories in the Junior Division awarding $50 cash in each. Held annually in June on Father’s Day weekend, fishing begins at 12:01 AM Friday morning and continues through weigh-in at nine p.m. Saturday with daily and overall prizes. Learn more at

Annual Pensacola International Billfish Tournament – This contest wraps up the month of saltwater fishing competitions and ranks as one of the most prestigious in the nation among its category. Hosted by the Pensacola Big Game Fishing Club, the tournament is a qualifying event for the World Billfish Series and the IGFA World Qualifier. The stakes are high, as the overall winner receives an invitation to the IGFA Offshore World Championship. More information is available at

Of course, anytime is a great time to fish in the Pensacola area. Cast a line from our sugar-white beaches or check out any of our many charter-fishing companies for deep sea adventures. Any way you get it, Pensacola’s seafood is hard to beat, but it’s even better when you serve it up fresh with a side of competition and adventure!