The annual Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association (MBARA) Kingfish Tournament returns Saturday, inviting anglers 12 hours on the water, 5 a.m. until 5 p.m. CT, as they compete to reel in the largest King Mackerel, Wahoo or Spanish Mackerel.

The annual Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association (MBARA) Kingfish Tournament returns Saturday, inviting anglers 12 hours on the water, 5 a.m. until 5 p.m. CT, as they compete to reel in the largest King Mackerel, Wahoo or Spanish Mackerel.

This year fishermen will compete for more than $10,000 in cash and prizes.

Prizes in this year’s recreational division include $3,000 for largest King Mackerel, $2,000 for 2nd and $1,000 for 3rd; $1,000 for largest wahoo; and $500 for largest Spanish Mackerel.

The 20th anniversary tournament also introduces a professional/masters division, where the angler with the largest King Mackerel will take home 50 percent of the masters registration entry fees up to a maximum of $3,000.

A Captain’s Party will be held 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. CT Friday, Aug. 26 at Veteran’s Memorial Park at Beacon Hill with food, drink and door prizes.

The cost to enter the Kingfish tournament is $175 per boat and may include as many boaters and can safely fit. Registration may be completed online at www.mbara.org/tournament-registration.cfm or in-person at the Mexico Beach Marina, Bluewater Outriggers, Half Hitch Tackle or during the Captain’s Party.

The tournament will close out with a weigh-in at the Mexico Beach Marina from 1-5 p.m. CT on Saturday.

“We’re looking at a 20 percent chance of rain, 1-2 foot seas and sunshine all day long,” said tournament director Ron Childs. “That’s absolutely perfect weather for a tournament. We are looking good.”

Funds raised through the event support the MBARA’s ongoing reef-building endeavors.

Since 1997 the MBARA has deployed more than 200 artificial reefs off the coast of Mexico Beach ensuring the creation and sustaining of habitats for wildlife and creating opportunities for eco-tourism.

To learn more about the MBARA visit www.mbara.org.