The annual John Thompson Memorial Ling Ding fishing tournament comes to Mexico Beach beginning this weekend.
The Cobia-based tournament will he held across nine days during which anglers will work to catch as much Ling as possible.
Tournament entry fee is $175 per boat which comes with a one-year membership to the Recreational Fishing Alliance.
All boats must launch no further west than the Mexico Beach city ramp and no further east than the Indian Pass boat ramp. Weigh-ins will be held each day of the tournament from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. CT at the Mexico Beach Marina.
A weekly winner for heaviest Cobia will be awarded and receive a 105 quart Yeti cooler. Overall cash prizes for first will be $2,000, $1,000 for second place and $500 for third place. Winners will be subject to a polygraph examination.
Anglers must register prior to the tournament by calling the Mexico Beach Marina at 850-648-8900. Proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association and the Recreational Fishing Alliance.
Official fishing dates will be April 4-6, 11-13 and 18-20.
A Captain’s Meeting will be held at the Mexico Beach Marina on Thursday, April 3.